SPEAKING at the AFIF national conference 2018 in Sydney, NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas said a container port in Port Kembla would be New South Wales’ best option for a second container port.
While Port Botany is nowhere near capacity with its annual 2.4m TEU throughput – Ms Calfas said it could handle 7.4m TEU – residential growth could hamper future development of the port.
“We don’t have a lot of room to expand the port by building more port next to it,” she said.
“So, the plan to handle the increased volume beyond what Port Botany can cater for is to build a second container port at Kembla.”
Ms Calfas pointed out Port Kembla was 90km south of Port Botany and close to the growing population centres of western and south-western Sydney, with plenty of road and rail connections, with plans to strengthen those connections.
“Port Kembla has a planning approval to have a 1.2m TEU container terminal already, we are working on a plan to make it a 3m TEU container terminal into the future,” she said.
“Together Port Botany and Port Kembla will service the container trade needs of NSW into the foreseeable future.”
In recent months, the Port of Newcastle has been advocating for a new container terminal at its Mayfield site.