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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
88 COMPANY PROFILE X COMPANY PROFILE Atrialled metropolitan rail shuttle service to DP World Australia’s terminal from Melbourne’s western suburbs will be part of the solution to accommodate a forecast increase of container volume in Victoria. Partners DP World Australia and SCT Logistics ran trials on the 24-kilometre route between the freight hubs of Altona and DP World Australia’s terminal over consecutive weekends in March 2016. The intermodal solution comes amid forecasts that freight volumes could double in Victoria by about 2030. Intermodal networks will need to grow to accommodate the rise in container volume. DP World Australia and SCT recognise the ever-increasing congestion and productivity impacts presently being felt through the Melbourne metropolitan supply chain, and see real value in rail helping to offset these issues. Both DP World Australia and SCT are confident that the service will continue to grow and provide importers and exporters in the western suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne a reliable metropolitan on-dock rail service at the port of Melbourne. DP World Australia Chief Operations Officer Max Kruse says that the trials are important to recognise the value of intermodal networks. ‘Through the successful trial, DP World Australia and SCT Logistics have proven that metropolitan rail shuttles between DP World Australia’s Terminal and Altona can work,’ he says. SCT Logistics Managing Director Geoff Smith says that the companies are working together to provide real value to exporters and importers in Melbourne. ‘We are now focused on providing a reliable and consistent rail shuttle service, delivering real intermodal solutions, lower costs and greater access to our DP World Australia’s Terminal for exporters and importers based in Melbourne’s west,’ says Smith. dpworldaustralia.com.au Rail solution to forecast container volume increase 500363E_DP World I 2242.indd 24 6/05/2016 9:52 AM