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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
26 COMPANY PROFILE X COMPANY PROFILE As manager of Queensland’s largest general cargo port, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) is investing in capacity- building infrastructure to ensure that the Port of Brisbane continues to meet the needs of its customers and industry. The Port of Brisbane is a world- class infrastructure asset that has experienced continuous trade growth since privatisation in 2010, with its diverse trade base key to its resilience. Annually, almost $50 billion in international trade is handled through the Port of Brisbane, including approximately 95 per cent of Queensland’s containers and 90 per cent of its motor vehicles. According to Chief Executive Officer Roy Cummins, a cornerstone of PBPL’s approach to the port’s ongoing development is its longstanding commitment to robust environmental management. ‘Not only is PBPL guided by an internationally accredited environmental management system that informs both day-to-day operations and strategic planning, but we are [also] seeking to become a leader in port-related environmental innovation because long term, we believe it will deliver better outcomes for the port, our customers and the state more broadly,’ says Cummins. Cummins also says that supporting the port’s future growth, competitiveness and productivity requires ongoing investment in infrastructure to provide and improve long-term access for port customers and industry. ‘Since privatisation, PBPL has invested, on average, $70 million annually in critical port infrastructure,’ he says. ‘This includes construction of 660 metres of new quay line, including two new wharves and the introduction of a third stevedore to Brisbane, as well as the ongoing reclamation of the Future Port Expansion area at Fisherman Islands, which will create additional long-term capacity. ‘We will continue to deliver essential port infrastructure and improvement works identified within our $680-million capital expenditure program, rolling out over five years (from 2016–17).’ This program includes the Port Drive Upgrade Project – a $110-million investment to duplicate the major road in/out of the port and upgrade local roads, brought forward well ahead of capacity demand to deliver safer and more efficient port roads. PBPL is also proposing to deliver critical infrastructure for the cruise industry – specifically, a cruise ship facility with deepwater access that, if approved, will provide a dedicated facility for mega cruise ships seeking to berth in Brisbane. Determined that Brisbane will not be the limiting factor on the east coast for containers, PBPL is undertaking investigations to optimise the navigational channel and help to ensure that the port can accommodate the larger container vessels of the future. In Pinkenba and the north shore, adjacent to Fisherman Islands, PBPL is improving existing terminal and wharf infrastructure and access to benefit the wet bulk industry, while also developing more than 20 hectares of adjoining land for port-related industry. PBPL remains clearly focused on driving trade growth and ensuring that the Port of Brisbane remains an efficient and sustainable link in the supply chain. And as custodian of Queensland’s leading port, so it should be. Staying ahead of the game 501594E_Port of Brisbane I 2318.indd 24 10/5/17 2:16 pm