Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Intermodal Terminal Development Requires Input from Freight Forwarding and Logistics Groups

Moorebank Development Needs Private Sector Input
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – Following confirmation that the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal (IMT) should be receiving freight by 2017 market briefings are to be held in late May for businesses interested in involvement with the logistics project after the Government confirmed private sector participation was to be optimised. During preparation of the Detailed Business Case for the IMT, a market soundings process was held that included more than 40 companies involved in freight operations, logistics, consigning and project finance.

The briefings, to be managed by the project’s lead adviser, KPMG, to be held at the company’s Sydney offices in the week commencing Monday, 21st May, are to outline details required to tender for the design, construction and operation of the IMT which will begin procurement in mid-2013, following establishment of a Government Business Enterprise in January 2013 to manage the process.

Interested parties that have not previously registered are invited to participate in the Market Briefing process if they currently operate ports or intermodal facilities in Australia, or alternatively are not state owned and manage such facilities in an international context. Also construction companies with a suitably significant pedigree, financial advisers similarly equipped and large warehouse occupants (including freight forwarders) who are currently present in the South West Sydney catchment area and or have significant presence in New South Wales. Expressions of interest in attendance can be made by emailing Rebecca Drescher-Boulos at rdrescher@kpmg.com.au

The intermodal terminal (IMT) project follows a two-year study led by the Moorebank Project Office established within the Department of Finance & Deregulation with participation by the Departments of Infrastructure & Transport and Defence. Government analysis of estimates make the case for the terminal stating that Port Botany has had around 7% annual growth in freight volumes over the past five years, whilst a further 6.7% per year increase is expected over the next 25 years.

The new facility is to be able to cope with the estimated 1 million containers per annum whilst taking 1.2 million trucks off Sydney roads annually by transferring container freight to rail. The terminal complex will include a port shuttle opening in 2017 and an interstate terminal linked to the adjacent interstate freight rail network around 2029. Sydney Ports Corporation has stated that additional freight capacity will be required in 2017-18. In the interim, the Enfield terminal being developed by NSW will supply sufficient capacity.

The IMT will be built on the current site of the School of Military Engineering (SME) south of the M5 in the Liverpool Military Area, subject to planning approval. The SME will be relocated by the end of 2014 to a new purpose-built home at the nearby Holsworthy Barracks. A concept plan for the site was released in 2011 and can be viewed, along with the Detailed Business Case HERE.

Photo: The relocation of the Steele Barracks to Holsworthy will presumably also mean moving the Royal Engineers Vietnam memorial constructed from 5 Bailey Bridge Panels and dedicated to the 45 Royal Australian Engineers who died as a result of the service in South Vietnam between 1962 and 1972.