FREMANTLE Ports has concluded negotiations with Patrick and DP World for new leases over the two existing container terminals in Fremantle. The new leases took effect from January 2021.

The leases are for a 10-year term, with potential for Fremantle Ports to extend the term by up to a further 11 years, subject to the state government’s planning timeline for a transition to a new Outer Harbour Westport container terminal.

Fremantle Ports said the new deals guarantee investment by the stevedores to upgrade facilities and equipment and set out a structure on infrastructure charges. The agreements also introduce KPIs and other incentives to drive landside and quayside improvement. They also equalise berth lengths between the two companies.

Acting Fremantle Ports CEO Sean Craig said he was delighted to have agreed new 10-year leases with Patrick and DP World.

“This provides many benefits to WA shippers and the wider container industry. Importantly, we have secured a significant capital commitment to upgrade the terminal facilities and a charging structure that provides price certainty for WA shippers,” he said.

Fremantle said it is the first port in Australia to agree with stevedores on a means of managing infrastructure charges under these leases. Fremantle Ports agreed to provide certainty of property costs across the period.

Fremantle Ports said it worked hard to negotiate a charging structure that provides significant benefit to WA’s exporters, as they operate in a highly competitive global market.

Patrick has recently taken delivery of a new generation crane at its Fremantle operations and is in the process of renewing operating equipment and systems to support operational efficiency in coming years.

Patrick CEO Michael Jovicic said the company was pleased to conclude the lease negotiation with Fremantle Ports.

“Patrick continues to invest in Fremantle and across our Australian portfolio to deliver value-adding, reliable and efficient services to our customers,” he said.

DP World intends to develop a new truck marshalling area within its lease boundary and make significant investment in new terminal equipment to increase efficiency.

DP World managing director Glen Hilton said DP World is delighted to be entering into a new 10-year lease at Fremantle, continuing its proud history of operating in Western Australia.

“Fremantle is an important part of DP World’s national portfolio and our significant investment will continue to support our customers and the local economy,” he said.