As part of Port of Melbourne Corporation’s port capacity project, MIRRAT, a subsidiary company of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Holdings AS, was awarded the rights to design, construct and operate the new terminal, which opened on April 11 after 18 months of construction.
"This is an exciting time for all users of our facility, and the team at MIRRAT are proud of all the achievements to date,” said Paul Hand, managing director of MIRRAT, at the opening ceremony. “We’re ready to open this world-class terminal to help connect Melbourne to the rest of the Global market.”
WWL’s Titania was the first vessel to the berth the new terminal and the discharge of its cargo, which included agriculture equipment, high and heavy machinery, luxury cars and three locomotives, went without a hitch.
Strong environmental focus
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 in order to achieve these goals include the use of over 200,000 tonnes of recycled concrete, brick and glass in the construction of the terminal and installation of LED lighting across the facility aimed at reducing energy usage by 30 percent 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 include 4,800 automotive laydown bays, 20,000 square metres 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 an additional laydown area, which will enable the terminal to handle 1,000,000 units annually.
For more information about MIRRAT, please visit www.mirrat.com.au