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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
42 COMPANY PROFILE X COMPANY PROFILE The Port of Newcastle is one of the world’s top ports by volume, capacity, service standards and growth potential. As many know, Newcastle is the largest coal-export port in the world. In 2015, 158 million tonnes were shipped to destinations including Japan, China, India, South Korea and Taiwan. Coal provides a stable foundation for the Port of Newcastle. The often untold story is that the Port of Newcastle handles 24 other commodities in bulk, break bulk, bulk liquid and container modes. It has a great opportunity to further grow and diversify trade going forward. The Port of Newcastle is driving growth of all cargo types and transport modes. The Port’s value proposition to cargo owners is its ability to reduce cargo handling steps by co-locating intermodal and berth operations. A storage facility on nearby port land for cargo consolidation significantly reduces transport costs and time, negating the requirement in nearby ports to consolidate cargo off site and transport goods through metropolitan areas. The Port has a 792-hectare land holding, with 200 hectares vacant and available for development. The Port currently handles 164 million tonnes in trade and 4600 ship movements annually. The channel has been modelled at double the current shipping activity, providing enormous potential for growth. Superior connections to national road and rail networks support maximised payload volumes, and speed and safety standards to and from the berth face. In 2015, the Port welcomed a 1.25-kilometre long-grain train carrying 5000 tonnes of wheat from northern New South Wales to Newcastle Agri Terminal. It is believed to be the longest export grain train in Australia’s history. The Port of Newcastle is open to exploring joint ventures to facilitate customers’ growth and cost-rationalisation strategies. The Port’s natural catchment areas extend west to Parkes and north to Moree, taking in Dubbo, Tamworth, Armidale, Narromine and Walgett. It encompasses land that is rich in minerals and agriculture, meat, timber, and the manufacture of steel and aluminium. Additionally, the Port of Newcastle is well connected to established distribution hubs located on the outskirts of major eastern seaboard cities. The Port of Newcastle’s shareholders, The Infrastructure Fund (managed by Hastings Funds Management) and China Merchants Group, bring significant global expertise in the ownership and operation of seaports and other large infrastructure assets worldwide. The day-to-day management of the Port is undertaken by a local team with decades of experience, and a Novocastrian passion for seeing the catchment areas’ businesses achieve their full potential for the benefit of the region, the state and the nation. The Port of Newcastle is ready to partner with your business in providing solutions that deliver supply-chain excellence. To explore the Port of Newcastle in more detail, visit www.portofnewcastle.com.au. Port of Newcastle – delivering excellence in the supply chain beyond the wharf 500387E_Port of Newcastle I 2242.indd 24 29/01/2016 12:18 PM