A new container handling facility in Altona is improving efficiency in Victoria’s shipping, freight and logistics industry.

The new Maersk container handling facility will have direct internal access to the Altona intermodal rail terminal, allowing for movement of containers to and from the Melbourne intermodal rail terminal at the port, supporting key strategic aims of Victoria’s Freight and Logistics Plan to improve freight efficiency, grow productivity and better connect Victorian businesses with their markets.

Previously at Francis Street, Yarraville, the Maersk container handling facility covers a five hectare site within the 40 hectare Altona intermodal development. Specifically, the new facilities include:

  • a 20,000 litre container wash bay facility;
  • a modern, fully equipped 2,500 square metres container repair workshop facility and a 1,500 square meter container survey area; and
  • a fully sealed yard of 43,000 square metres allowing for handling of both import and export containers.

The move to Salta’s Altona intermodal terminal will improve access for customers and provide the opportunity to move large volume containers into and out of the Port of Melbourne by rail. The local community will benefit from Maersk’s relocation to the Altona intermodal terminal by significantly reducing traffic volumes and congestion in the built up Francis Street, Yarraville precinct.

The Metropolitan Intermodal System aims to reduce bottlenecks and traffic congestion around Melbourne’s port precinct by connecting the port to major freight hubs by the existing rail network.