Industry welcomes Botany rail investment

Industry welcomes Botany rail investment





STEVEDORES and industry groups have reacted positively to NSW Ports’ announcement of $120m in rail investment at Port Botany, despite the inclusion of a wharfage fee which applies to full export and import containers.

DP World Australia chief operations officer Max Kruse was among those to welcome the announcement.

“DP World Australia welcomes the investment in additional rail capacity at Port Botany and we will be enhancing our own rail capacity to maximise the benefits for our customers,” Mr Kruse said.

“Access to rail is a key component of the service we offer through our Sydney terminal and greater rail capacity enables greater terminal capacity,” he said.

“DP World Australia has been working with NSW Ports for solutions to grow rail capacity at Port Botany Terminal in line with what has been announced today.”

Freight and Trade Alliance director Travis Brooks-Garrett welcomed more investment into on-dock rail but “any addition to the international supply chain cost environment needs to be scrutinised”.

“I look forward to learning more about this fee increase from NSW Ports and Transport for NSW,” Mr Brooks-Garrett said.

“We also note from the official notice this morning that NSW Ports are only cost recovering their investment from full containers, even though empty containers will also utilise and benefit from more on-dock rail infrastructure.”

Container Transport Alliance Australia director Neil Chambers described the announcement as positive.