ACFS Port Logistics has announced the opening of a new empty container depot to be integrated with its Appleton Rail Intermodal terminal.
To be operational from 3 September, the facility is to be branded ACFS e-Rail.
ACFS e- Rail is expected to provide a full empty depot offering for shipping lines focusing on volumes for export customers in regional Victoria and New South Wales.
The facility is to also provide local carriers with better access for the de-hire of empty containers.
“ACFS-aligned shipping lines have welcomed the development, as it provides a better cost outcome, as well as a strategic advantage for our export customers, whilst also providing flexibility to our rail customers by having containers easily accessible to rail,” said ACFS chief executive Arthur Tzaneros.
Port of Melbourne executive general manager commercial, Jim Cooper, praised the concept, welcoming “the initiative taken by ACFS in continuing to explore and provide more efficient and cost competitive export solutions for Port users”.
“By working together we can plan for and develop port capacity and supply chain efficiencies that enhance the competitive position of the Port of Melbourne,” Mr Cooper said.
ACFS is Australia’s largest privately owned container logistics operator, doing business with customers in regional areas including Western Victoria, the Sunraysia, the Riverina and central Victoria.