From paddock to port

November 6, 2017

The project team met with Caryn Anderson, Executive General Manager at the Port of Melbourne to understand how the Murray Basin Rail Project will benefit the Port.

The Murray Basin Rail Project enables a more competitive rail environment for exporters and supports the opportunity for increased efficiency of rail freight through the Port of Melbourne.

The majority of our existing rail volumes through the port are sourced from regional locations and we are keen to ensure the ongoing efficiency and competitiveness of those operations.

The standardisation of the network allows freight operators to get better utilisation from their equipment.

Increasing the axle loading from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes on much of the freight network in Victoria’s north west will benefit the Port of Melbourne as a lot of our export volume is agricultural products, which are heavier products. The higher axle loading means greater efficiency for these exports.

As part of our strategy, we are working on improving the Port of Melbourne to better connect with the freight network once the Murray Basin Rail Project is complete.

In focusing on the combined benefits across the supply chain, it is important to recognise the disruptions that will be caused during construction. Like with any major project, there will be disruptions across a number of our export supply chains. It is pleasing to see the players in these supply chains joining together to find practical solutions and focusing on the longterm gain. Collectively we are all staying focused on the end game – to drive greater efficiency.

- Caryn Anderson

The Murray Basin Rail Project enables a more competitive rail environment for exporters and supports the opportunity for increased efficiency of rail freight through the Port of Melbourne.

The majority of our existing rail volumes through the port are sourced from regional locations and we are keen to ensure the ongoing efficiency and competitiveness of those operations.

The standardisation of the network allows freight operators to get better utilisation from their equipment.

Increasing the axle loading from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes on much of the freight network in Victoria’s north west will benefit the Port of Melbourne as a lot of our export volume is agricultural products, which are heavier products. The higher axle loading means greater efficiency for these exports.

As part of our strategy, we are working on improving the Port of Melbourne to better connect with the freight network once the Murray Basin Rail Project is complete.

In focusing on the combined benefits across the supply chain, it is important to recognise the disruptions that will be caused during construction. Like with any major project, there will be disruptions across a number of our export supply chains. It is pleasing to see the players in these supply chains joining together to find practical solutions and focusing on the longterm gain. Collectively we are all staying focused on the end game – to drive greater efficiency.

- Caryn Anderson

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