Peter McGovern, VRCA: Working with port users: Update on the Port Development Strategy

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Published on November 21, 2013

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Capt Peter McGovern, CEO, Victorian Regional Channels Authority delivered this presentation at the 2013 Regional Ports Conference. The event showcased the latest port developments and assessed the policy, planning and operating strategies designed to maximise the efficiency of Australia's regional ports: gateways for facilitating trade, engagement and regional growth. Featuring local and national case studies, the two day event provided a spotlight on port developments across the country, highlighting the infrastructure, investment and long-term planning necessary to meet Australia’s current and potential competitiveness. For more information on the annual event, please visit the conference website:

Port of Geelong

Port of Geelong

Governance Authority and responsibilities flow from: • Port Management Act 1995 • Transport Integration Act 2010 • Marine Safety Act 2012

Governance • A Board of Directors is appointed by the Victorian government • The Board reports to the Minister for Ports and the Treasurer • A dividend is paid to the Treasurer each year • Revenue is derived from a levy on all ships.

Port Waters

Port Owners & Operators • • • • • • • • GeelongPort Pty Graincorp Shell Terminals Incitec Pivot Midway Alcoa Victorian Regional Channels Authority

Cargo in the Port of Geelong •2012 – 12.2 million tonnes •2013 – 12.6 million tonnes •2020 forecast - 20 million tonnes • 2030 forecast < 30 million tonnes Geelong Port Statistics Geelong Port Statistics

Panamax ships are the workhorses of the world dry bulk carrier fleet Older vessels had deadweights of 70,000 tonnes and drafts of 12 metres Today’s ships may have deadweights of 90,000 tonnes and drafts of 15 metres Liquid bulk ships have had the same increase in size Year Vessel Tonnes Length Beam Draft Depth 1956 Velutina 28,220 196.1 24.6 10.4 11.0 2013 Sharp Lady 117,000 250.0 44.0 15.0 21.5 Ships are increasing in size

Port Development Strategy • VRCA is responsible for the strategy • A steering committee of all port users provides advice and guidance • Outcome is a ‘whole of port’ strategic development plan incorporating water and land side needs in the future.

Future Planning • Analysis of the port’s logistics is complex • The use of computer-based modelling tools allows analysis over many years and many scenarios • The increasing size of ships in the bulk trades requires an assessment of future access needs • Channel modification may be necessary • Landside facilities may also need upgrading

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Development tools • Capacity Simulation to assess future port needs on the water, on the land and in the neighbouring community areas • Navigation simulation to assess channel capacity and estimate a staged approach to the advent of larger ships

Port Developments / Projects • Safety campaign for small boats in Port Waters. • Port Education Programme for secondary schools (approx. 1000 students p.a.)

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