Port of Melbourne is losing marketshare
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found that Sydney's Port Botany has overtaken the Port of Melbourne as the chief destination for container trade, handling 34% of Australia's container movements in 2016/7.
The Port of Melbourne handled 33%, down from 36% the year before.
The competition authority also warns that Melbourne is likely to put limits on the size of ships visiting.
Melbourne's The Age
notes that the biggest ship to visit Australia, the 347 m Susan Maersk that docked at the Port of Brisbane in October, would have been unable to travel up the mouth of the Yarra River to Swanson Dock, and its 10,000 TEU load may not have managed to fit underneath the West Gate Bridge.
Shipping and transport groups say the Andrews government's failure to resolve looming constraints at the Port of Melbourne has put Victoria at risk of losing import and export trade to interstate ports and even to New Zealand, with negative consequences for the health of the state economy.