Port of Melbourne
The Port of Melbourne is the Victorian state’s main seaport. It’s situated on the Port of Melbourne at the mouth of the Yarra River. It’s Australia’s busiest container port, and is also Australia’s busiest coal port.
The Port of Melbourne is the busiest container port in the southern hemisphere. It is a multi-purpose port with a focus on bulk and break-bulk cargo. The port’s freight terminals are located on the main coast bound shipping routes to and from Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Europe and the US.
The Port is a major shipping port, receiving about 25% of Australia’s containerized cargo. The port contains about 63 facilities, and 44% of Australia’s container container movements originate at Port Melbourne. The Port of Melbourne is an industrial port, and is the focus of its port authority. The Port receives cargo from a variety of areas, including Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, and Tasmania. Goods include such things as timber, mineral ore, coal, grain, timber, and liquid and gas chemicals.
The Port of Melbourne was officially created in 1836 as ‘The Port Phillip District’, and was renamed in 1845 after the City of Melbourne. Picked up in 1934 by Philip Jones, the Port of Melbourne was owned by him till his death in 1982. The Port of Melbourne now enjoys the ownership of a group of private investors and operates in a public-private partnership. The Port of Melbourne covers an area of 14,100 hectares and encompasses 34 kilometers of coastline.
The Port of Melbourne’s capacity is 10.6 million tonnes per annum. The Port’s capacity is reduced to 6.0 million tonnes per annum in September. The Port of Melbourne’s capacity will not exceed 6.0 million tonnes per annum until 2020.
The Port of Melbourne is one of the fastest growing ports in the world. Its biggest achievement has been doubling its cargo volumes over the last ten years, and is Australia’s leading international container terminal. The Port of Melbourne handles more than 60% of Australia’s container trade and 40% of its trade by value.
The Port of Melbourne is the busiest commercial port in Australia, handling 84 million tonnes of cargo and 7.4 million TEUs in 2017, making shipping and trading central to the nation’s economy. Container ships, bulk carriers, cruise ships, and tankers all call at the Port of Melbourne.
Melbourne Port facilities range from shipping and industrial facilities to marine research and education centers. Melbourne Harbors Corporation, a government-owned and operated corporation, manages Melbourne Port facilities. The Port of Melbourne handles approximately 13.1 million TEUs of cargo per year, making it Australia’s third largest container port.