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Melbourne container throughput growth

Sydney: Financial year 2008 results for the Port of Melbourne (pictured) indicate strong growth in the number of containers handled by the southern outlet. In the financial year to June 2008, total container throughput grew 7.8% to 2.256m containers, representing the port's seventeenth consecutive year of positive container growth. Overall, the port handles around 36% of Australia's container trade, amounting to approximately 6500 containers on an average day.

For the 2007 calendar year, container throughput grew to 2,188,610 containers. Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said that the port's channel deepening infrastructure project is currently 20% complete, with over 6.4m cubic metres dredged.
 
He also pointed out that Melbourne's new Dynon Port Rail Link Project would ensure 24 hour, uninterrupted rail access to the Port, increasing the amount of freight that can be carried directly to dockside. 

"These projects will help secure Melbourne's pre-eminent position as the largest and most efficient container port in Australia within the top 50 ports of the world," the Minister said.  [11/08/08]
 

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