Melbourne RoRo Terminal OpensBy Joseph R. Fonseca
Melbourne International RoRo & Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) will officially open at Webb Dock West in Melbourne on the 10th April, 2016. MIRRAT is dedicated to providing best in class terminal services to the Automotive and RoRo markets in Melbourne by providing efficient, innovative and sustainable solutions to our customers.
As part of Port of Melbourne Corporation’s port capacity project, MIRRAT was awarded the rights to design, construct and operate the new RoRo & Automotive Terminal at Webb Dock West. This was a unique opportunity to build a world-class purpose built facility to support the shipping industry and all users of the terminal.
Over the past 18 months Managing Director Paul Hand and his team have been working with MIRRAT’s construction partners to deliver Australia’s largest RoRo & Automotive Terminal. ‘This is an exciting time for all users of our facility, and the team at MIRRAT are proud of all the achievements to date. We are ready to open this world-class terminal to help connect Melbourne to the rest of the Global market.’ – Paul Hand, Managing Director MIRRAT.
MIRRAT has a strong environmental focus and is aiming to achieve a Greenstar rating of ‘5 stars’ for the buildings, as well as an accreditation of ‘excellent’ for the overall construction of the terminal from the Infrastructure Council of Australia (ISCA). Some of the initiatives that MIRRAT has implemented to achieve this goal include the using of over 200,000 tonnes of recycled concrete, brick and glass in the construction of the terminal. MIRRAT has also installed LED lighting across the facility which will reduce energy usage by 30% per year.
The design of MIRRAT’s terminal ensures greater efficiency in the supply chain for all users of the terminal. Some of the current features at MIRRAT include 4,800 automotive laydown bays, 20,000 sqm of heavy duty hardstand, two wash bays, 120t gantry crane, and dedicated inspection zones. In 2018, the facility will expand to encompass three vessel wharves and additional laydown area which will enable the terminal to handle 1,000,000 units annually.