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56 Melbourne Throughput: 2,085,988teu


(-9.4%)


The port of Melbourne saw volumes decline by 217,000teu in 2009 and fell four places to 56 in the Top 100 league table. Melbourne Port Corporation (PoMC) tells Cargo Systems that full container imports fell by 10.5% while empty container exports were down 27.2%. The port forecasts that throughput will recover to


2,235,800teu in 2010. This confidence has led to a removal of the cap on port prices. From 1 July wharfage charges per loaded teu rose 5.5% while empties face a 4.3% hike. The infrastructure levy to recover costs for the channel deepening project will increase by 2.5%.


“As trade shows encouraging signs of rebounding


from the impact of the global financial crisis, PoMC’s pricing framework aims to balance the need to fund port infrastructure and services while minimising the need for larger incremental changes over time, where possible,” says Stephen Bradford, PoMC CEO. The contentious A$750m (US$630m) channel


deepening project was completed in November 2009, increasing the depth to 14 metres at all tides compared to the previous 11.6-metre constraint. The port points out that the works were completed under budget, ahead of schedule and within strict environmental guidelines. Rehabilitation of all eight berths at Swanson


Dock is nearing completion, including pile and beam repairs, cathodic protection and an improved fender system.


downturn, the port authority implemented a terminal operator discount program and a carrier incentive program. Volumes are forecast to grow by 3-5% in 2010. In May 2009, the port issued a Request for


Qualifications for the development of the former Oakland Army Base. The plan envisages a 30-year Master Lease Agreement with a private operator and represents a key project for the port in 2010. The port tells CS that another challenge for 2010 is the


57 Oakland Throughput: 2,050,030teu


(+8.2%)


Despite a throughput decline of 183,503teu in 2009, the port of Oakland points out that a strong local export market meant it fared better than most other US ports. To mitigate some of the effects of the economic


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installation of shoreside power for vessels calling in port, required by the State of California Air Resources Board to reduce pollution. From January this year, the port’s Clean Truck Program banned drayage trucks with engine year models earlier than 1994 entering the port. In March this year, Evergreen Marine took delivery of


three new ZPMC super post-panamax STS gantry cranes for operation at the Ben E Nutter terminal. “These new cranes are symbolic of a brighter future for


our economy,” says Omar Benjamin, executive director of Port of Oakland. “We have deepened the port of Oakland harbour to 50ft [15.24 metres] to accommodate the larger containerships and now with the addition of these new cranes, we have 22 state-of-the-art cranes which can handle the newer vessels.”


August 2010


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