SOUTH Australian ports leaseholder Flinders Port Holdings has commissioned a new 50-year masterplan to guide the development of the seven ports under its control, including the container terminal at Port Adelaide.

The company says it will be one of the most complex and far reaching port development plans undertaken in Australia given that it will include multiple commodities across Port Adelaide, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Port Giles, Klein Point, Wallaroo and Thevenard, as well as several business streams within the Group. These include Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Flinders Logistics, and Flinders Warehousing & Distribution and Flinders Ports.

International port planners Black Quay Consulting have won the contract to develop the plan alongside Flinders Ports over the next 12 months. Black Quay’s track record includes the long-term plan for the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Port Future Study in Auckland, and the port development plan for TasPorts in Tasmania.

Work will involve considerable stakeholder engagement alongside detailed operational and strategic port planning covering the management of containers, bulk, break bulk, general cargo, and the State’s growing cruise industry. The plan will also ensure that the ports further improve their environmental management as well as link better with wider state development plans.

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CEO Stewart Lammin said master planning was key to ensuring Flinders Ports are a long-term, future-focussed business. “By planning ahead, we will continue to link South Australia to the world, whilst adding value to our shareholders and customers,’’ he said.

Glen Curry, Black Quay’s MD, said there was good potential for Flinders Ports to continue to differentiate themselves in the Australian ports sector “through strong and considered planning and by showing good corporate leadership.

“I think the development of the masterplan will help serve this, as well as deliver a strategy for the betterment of the entire State of South Australia.” 

The Flinders Ports consortium acquired seven ports in 2001 under a 99-year lease after they were privatized by the SA Government.

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