Ports

Stevedore infrastructure charges – efficient or excessive?

It’s a topic that generates much debate in Australia’s ports and freight industries. And the debate is not likely to abate any time soon. But can it be resolved? Australia’s two largest stevedores, DP World and Patrick have either introduced or announced further increases in ‘infrastructure charges’ at their container terminals this year, with DP […]

A tale of two stevedores – infrastructure charges

In recent months, Australia’s two major stevedores have announced increased fees for truck and rail operators accessing major city container port terminals. Such charges have become a regular feature in the Australian stevedoring landscape, much to the ire of land-side operators and other stakeholders. Where state governments have previously failed to show leadership to encourage […]

Draft Pricing Order for Port of Melbourne

The Senate Committee examining the proposed Port of Melbourne sale has published the Victorian Government’s Draft Pricing Order. This confirms that the regime that will apply to the Port of Melbourne will be the most intrusive price monitoring regime currently applying to any Australian port, including application of the building blocks approach.