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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
78 ALC MEMBER INSIGHTS NSW Ports’ focus on rail The assets that NSW Ports manages are some of the most strategically important to the state. Moreover, NSW Ports makes a substantial contribution to the economic prosperity of New South Wales, and is a major employer. CEO Marika Calfas has a particularly deep understanding of the relevance of her business to the smooth running of not just Australia’s largest state by economic contribution, but also of the wider country. NSW Ports’ operations include the only container port and the largest bulk liquid port in New South Wales, which contribute $3.2 billion annually to gross state product (GSP), and it is responsible for 21,000 jobs. It doesn’t, however, directly employee these people – rather, its customers do. NSW Ports has a core team of 60 people. Essentially a land manager, NSW Ports has been in existence for three years. It manages four assets: Port Botany, which handles containers and bulk liquids, and is a significant economic driver for the state; Port Kembla; the Cooks River Intermodal Terminal; and the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre. Port Botany is the jewel in the crown. ‘Our bulk liquid handling is critical; we handle 100 per cent of the state’s bitumen supply, 98 per cent of the LPG requirements and 90 per cent of bulk chemical product, which is critical for the manufacturing sector. Port Botany also handles 30 per cent of the state’s refined petroleum needs, including aviation fuel,’ explains Calfas. Port Kembla handles dry bulk goods, as well as bulk liquids and motor vehicles. It’s the largest car import hub for New South Wales, the largest grain export terminal, and the second-largest coal export port. ‘It’s a huge economic driver for the Illawarra,’ Calfas says, adding that substantial volumes of cement clinker also pass through the facility. ‘Port Kembla’s operations contribute $760 million to the state’s economy each year, and create 5200 jobs.’ She says there is also a huge opportunity to diversify trade that goes through the Port Kembla facility. For instance, there is a new development starting this year on a new grain export terminal at this port, as well as opportunities to increase the volume of refined petrol that passes through the port. ‘Given the uncertainty around the use of Sydney Harbour at present, it’s important to remember that Port Kembla is a viable alternative. There’s lots of scope for growth and diversification. There will also be a cruise ship dock at Port Kembla for the first time in October – the first time a cruise ship has been into the port.’ The intermodal facilities are inland, but are connected by dedicated freight rail lines to Port Botany, so they are not affected by passenger trains. ‘Part of our strategy is to drive more containers onto the rail network and off the roads, and the intermodal terminals are a critical part of this,’ says Calfas. The enterprise is run by the private sector, and it operates 99- year management leases for these assets, the rights for which it bought from the New South Wales Government in 2013. It has no government ownership. Says Calfas: ‘Our job is to manage these assets and allow our customers to serve the people and businesses of New South Wales’. Becoming CEO Calfas has been in her role since December 2015, although she has been with the business for a decade. She says that although By Alexandra Cain NSW Ports CEO Marika Calfas