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31 May 2024

DP WORLD MELBOURNE - EXTREME TERMINAL CONGESTION

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Landside logistics operators are currently facing significant congestion at DP World’s West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne.

For several weeks, DP World has been conducting construction work to reconfigure the truck grids within the Terminal, reducing landside capacity by approximately 35%.

Additionally, DP World is managing a heavy schedule of vessel arrivals over the next two weeks:

- 10 vessels are scheduled for import availability between now and June 7.

- 10 vessels are expected for export receivals at the Terminal until June 7, 2024.

These high cargo volumes combined with reduced capacity are creating severe bottlenecks, resulting in truck turnaround times exceeding four hours in some shifts. This leads to missed vehicle slots and incomplete freight tasks.

In response to the congestion, DP World WST has subcontracted CMA CGM Quelimane to Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT). Some imports will be handled at WST, with the remainder managed by VICT. This change requires transport operators to adjust their plans and the shipping line (ANL) to issue new PINs for truck manifesting at the alternate terminal.

This morning, DP World WST also experienced an IT system reboot, further delaying straddle carrier services and exacerbating truck servicing and cargo movement delays.

Once the landside reconfiguration is completed in the coming weeks, vehicle flow through the Terminal, especially for higher productivity freight vehicles, is expected to improve significantly.

However, in the meantime, extreme congestion is expected to continue, further impacted by the West Gate Tunnel Project roadworks affecting Footscray Road and the Dock Link Road intersection near Swanson Dock.

TCF will continue to work with our Transport partners to reduce the impact of these delays. Should you require further information relating to this subject, please contact your local TCF representative.

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