PORT of Newcastle has opened an expressions of interest regarding potential establishment and operation of an empty container park in the Mayfield Precinct of Port of Newcastle.

The EOI for this potential project will remain open from Thursday 23 September until 4pm Friday 5 November 2021.

If the project is to proceed, Port of Newcastle proposes to make available approximately four hectares of land that may be established for the use of an empty container park.

Port of Newcastle said it would provide the applicant a portion of hardstand area under licence to establish the ECP and the port is prepared to consider establishing the facilities required in agreement with the applicant as part of the initial license.

Through establishing this EOI, Port of Newcastle said it is seeking to receive feedback from industry and interested applicants on the project, and to understand views on how Port of Newcastle and an applicant could work collaboratively to maximise the project should it be determined that it proceed.

The port said it had not yet decided to proceed with the project, with the ultimate decision to be made pending response to the EOI and a range of other business considerations and factors affecting the port.

Port of Newcastle project director Lindsay Crutch said with the port’s investment in infrastructure, prime location and access to rail and road links, this could be a great opportunity for a collaborative partnership with the growing port.

“The EOI will remain open through tenderlink.com until 4pm on the 5th of November and Port of Newcastle encourages shipping companies and stevedores to make contact for a discussion or present feedback on the scope and potential of an empty container park at the Port of Newcastle through the formal EOI process.”