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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
34 COMPANY PROFILE X COMPANY PROFILE 2016 was a productive year for Australia’s third-largest port, with a new trade record achieved and a number of key projects now well advanced. The arrival of the first of eight shipments of wind turbines in October, bound for the Goldwind-owned White Rock Wind Farm in northern New South Wales, demonstrated the port’s project cargo capabilities. The turbine blades each measure 59.5 metres in length and are the largest to arrive in Australia to date. The turbines added to the array of project cargoes that the port has handled, which have contributed to state and national developments. They include tunnel boring machinery for the Sydney North West rail link, locomotives, rail and passenger wagons, mining machinery, large tanks and boilers, transformers and prefabricated structures. Port of Newcastle also marked a new trade record in 2016, handling just under 168 million tonnes (trade value A$18.69 billion). This result was underpinned by a surge in coal and wheat, and it highlights the pivotal role that the Port of Newcastle plays in the ongoing economic success of New South Wales and our nation. The Port itself is full of opportunity, with 200 hectares of vacant land and a shipping channel that can handle double the current ship numbers. Our large parcels of berthside storage options are unique on Australia’s eastern seaboard; they save time and money by removing cargo handling steps. Superior connections from the Port of Newcastle to national road and rail networks support maximised payload volumes, speed and safety standards to and from the berth face. The Port of Newcastle handles 25 cargoes to and from its catchment area that extends west to Parkes and north to Moree, taking in Dubbo, Tamworth, Armidale, Narromine and Walgett. It is a catchment area rich in minerals, agriculture and manufacturing. Coal is the Port of Newcastle’s foundation trade, representing 96 per cent of trade volume, and we have huge capacity for further diversification and growth in other trades, such as fuel, agriculture products and project cargo. Port of Newcastle continues to invest in infrastructure to support future development. In 2016, we invested $5 million in the installation of water, telecommunications and electrical services at the Mayfield Site, which is the largest vacant parcel of port- side land on the eastern seaboard of Australia. The upgrade of ship unloaders and conveyors at the busy common- user berth – the Kooragang 2 Berth – is currently being considered. On every front, we are well positioned to grow the port and utilise our land and channel capacity to deliver supply-chain efficiencies for customers. Find out how our Trade & Business Development Team can design a customised solution for your cargo at www.portofnewcastle.com.au. Port of Newcastle – delivering supply chain efficiencies By Geoff Crowe, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Newcastle The Port of Newcastle’s berthside rail lines and direct connections to the national rail network save time and money by removing cargo handling steps. 501583E_Port of Newcastle I 2318.indd 24 20/03/2017 11:02 AM