A NEW 40-year master plan from NSW Ports forecasts that population growth could cause current container trade volumes to triple at Port Botany.

NSW Ports released its master plan NSW Ports 2063: Our 40-year Master Plan for Sustainable Growth to mark the company’s 10th anniversary.

The plan also anticipates double the volume of motor vehicles and machinery handled at Port Kembla.

It expects construction material volumes to increase significantly over the next four decades to meet housing and infrastructure demand.

And, it predicts the shift to renewable energy will drive project cargo trades, such as onshore and offshore windfarm components.

NSW Ports 2063 outlines plans for the use of existing port land, moving more freight by rail, protecting freight-related land and infrastructure from land use conflicts and growing freight handling capacity.

“Our 40-year master plan outlines priorities and actions required to cater for the trade growth and diversification needs of the people and businesses of NSW,” NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas said.

“Achieving the actions in our master plan will enhance our ports and port supply chains, minimise community impacts, support the competitiveness of exports and support the cost-effective supply of goods for consumers and businesses,” she said.

The release of NSW Ports 2063 comes as the company celebrates its first decade of managing Port Botany and Port Kembla, alongside intermodal facilities at Enfield and Cooks River.

“Over the past 10 years, NSW Ports and its port operators have invested some $2.5 billion to meet the state’s growing trade needs and improve productivity,” Ms Calfas said.

“As NSW’s trade needs have grown, so too has our ambition to be a world-class port and logistics manager, driving sustainable growth.

“Already, we are investing in a brighter future, including expansion of port on-dock rail capacity and empty container storage capacity at Port Botany and plans for a future offshore wind port facility at Port Kembla.

“We look forward to continuing to work with government, business and the community to deliver sustainable, efficient and productive port supply chains that meet NSW’s needs into the future.”