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Image – Canva.
  • $155 million investment from Salta Properties, and a joint $28 million investment from both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments
  • The rail connected terminal will be located on Salta’s 180 hectare Nexus Dandenong South Industrial Estate
  • Salta Properties has said the Terminal will be a state of the art facility creating a new benchmark for terminal innovation

An $183 million development agreement has been signed in hopes to keep Victoria as the number one destination for containerised freight in the country.

The Dandenong South Intermodal Terminal will begin development later this year, with a $155 million investment from Salta Properties, and a joint $28 million investment from both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.

The rail connected terminal will be located on Salta’s 180 hectare Nexus Dandenong South Industrial Estate.

Salta Properties has said the Terminal will be a state of the art facility creating a new benchmark for terminal innovation.

Featuring the latest technology, the Terminal will enhance the operational efficiency and support the growth of up to 560,000 twenty-foot equivalent units per annum.

Aiming to be completed in 2023, the Terminal will have:

  • A 24 hour a day fully automated terminal
  • Dedicated lanes for trucks unloading and loading
  • Two 700m rail tracks linking to an additional 800m spur track being built by the Victorian Government to link the facility with the main line.
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Salta Properties have released impressions of the Terminal. Image – Salta Properties.

The terminal will also feature Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGC), powered by electricity, to reduce noise pollution, and lift and lower cranes with precision.

The ARMGC use a specialised power feedback system allowing the cranes to generate their own power when lowering a container, which is then redirected to either assist other cranes or fed back into the grid.

Salta Properties has said the automated cranes will have the capacity to handle both trains and trucks simultaneously during peak periods and perform housekeeping functions in non-peak periods.

Another feature will be Terminal Operating System (TOS) instructing the cranes on what moves to perform, and optimises crane operation time to manage operations.

The system will also be integrated with a vehicle booking system and gate operating system, coordinating trucks at the Terminal.

Both entry and exists will have an Automated Optical Character Recognition System to provide high definition photos of containers to the terminal operator, and scan the container registration number to inform the TOS.

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Salta Properties have released impressions of the Terminal. Image – Salta Properties.

Founding director Sam Tarasco Snr said he was delighted to reach an agreement after investing millions developing the Nexus Dandenong Intermodal Terminal Estate.

An already excess of $200 million has already been spent on land, road, and other infrastructure works on Salta’s Industrial Estate in anticipation of the Terminal.

The development is another part of the Victorian Port Rail Shuttle Network, forecasting the cutting of freight transport costs by up to 25%, and reducing truck movements on suburban roads by up to 175,000 trips per year.

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