Port Botany Expansion, Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre are making steady progress according to Sydney Ports CEO Grant Gilfillan.
Port Botany expansion
The joint venture of the Australian construction company Baulderstone Hornibrook and Jan de Nul are currently developing detailed designs and obtaining the required licenses and permits for the project.
Initial survey and geotechnical investigations at various sites have also commenced. Pre-construction environmental monitoring is well underway and will continue during construction. This will assist in the development and implementation of management plans for construction. Noise monitoring of the area has commenced.
The Community Consultative Committee (CCC) established for the expansion project has been in place for over a year and has held nine meetings. The committee receives regular project updates and will be consulted on a number of construction management plans in the near future.
The main construction works will be complete in early 2011. A competitive process will also commence this year to engage the operator for the new terminal. It is anticipated that new berths will be commissioned in 2012.
Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre
The planning for the ILC at Enfield is progressing. Strathfield Council’s appeal in the Land and Environment Court has been withdrawn.
The ILC is a key part of the port’s strategy for a 40 per cent increase in rail mode share which would result in a decrease of 300 truck movements per day on Sydney’s roads.
Sydney Ports consulted extensively with the community during preparation of the environmental assessment for the development and will continue to work with local councils and community in the area to ensure that the project provides a positive contribution to the area for local business and residents.
Strong trade growth continues through the ports of Sydney. Total container trade through Sydney’s ports for the first seven months of 2007/08 recorded just over 1 million TEU’s, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Total trade for this period was 18.4 million mass tonnes, an increase of 12.7 per cent. Container trade in January 2008 increased by 9.3 per cent to 148,000 TEU’s compared to the same period last year.
Sydney Ports has signed a new 20 year lease with Maritime Container Services (MCS), the long term operator of the intermodal terminal at Cooks River. Sydney Ports is working with MCS to enhance this facility and improve the efficiency of container storage and handling.
This 17 hectare property currently has storage capacity of 10,500 TEU’s with plans to increase capacity in the future. The site is strategically placed in close proximity to Port Botany located on the Botany Freight Line and with access to the wider rail network.
Last year, Sydney Ports and MCS invested in capital works to upgrade lighting and signage as well as extensive stormwater maintenance at the Cooks River site. Further capital investment to improve the site will continue for several years.
The lease provides valuable long term opportunities to facilitate strategic relations with key exporters. Cooks River provides for 20 per cent of empty container storage in Sydney which assists with the efficient movement of containers throughout the metropolitan area via rail.