Mainfreight Service Announcement | Melbourne Port Congestion | November 2016
As import volumes peak in Melbourne, we have seen the increased handling around collections and receipt of export containers reach crisis point. Recent poor weather conditions (extreme winds) have effected both crane capacity and stack heights and added a unique bottleneck to the already peak demand period.
As a result of the above the average turnaround time at DP World is now over an average of four hours per trip (normally 60-90 mins). The effect of these delays are as follows:
- Less fleet capacity for deliveries as trucks and equipment are queued in the port on the collection process.
- Increased waiting time costs around detention.
- Delayed deliveries.
Our transport and customer service teams will continue to keep individual customers informed as we work through this peak period with the port and trucking companies. As always we aim to keep disruptions to a minimum but there will be times when delays will be inevitable due to the current congestion challenges