Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

Botany, Kembla container numbers are up, while bulk is down

Photo: Ian Ackerman
Photo: Ian Ackerman

TRADE through Port Botany and Port Kembla has been sound but mixed for the first five months of the current financial year.

Speaking at last week’s Shipping Australia luncheon, NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas said from a container perspective, both import and export volumes have been strong, but non-containerised trade at Botany and Kembla have been down.

“But, car imports have been doing really well; they’re up 15% on last year,” she said.

“And we are also expecting cruise vessels in Port Kembla this cruise season.”

August was a month of records for the ports that NSW Ports manages.

“In early August, Patrick’s Port Botany facility had the largest exchange of containers for any ship stevedored in Australia,” Ms Calfas said.

“The total volume exchanged with MSC Ningbo was more than 5700 TEU.”

The rail mode share at Port Botany also shot up in August, hitting 20.7% – a volume of 41,400 TEU.

“Rail mode share to date is tracking at 19.3%, which is a real credit to all of those who are involved,” Ms Calfas said.

“One of our core objectives at NSW Ports is to grow rail transport of containerised products from Port Botany.”

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