Thursday, January 23, 2014

Shipping Will Welcome New Container Terminal Says Port Operator

Official Opening of Brisbane Facility will mean 'Seismic Shift' According to HPH
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – First identified as preferred bidders for the development in 2007, Hutchison Ports Holdings (HPH) officially opened its new container terminal on reclaimed land on Fisherman’s Island in the Port of Brisbane yesterday (22 January) as predicted. The ports group said the inception of the new Brisbane Container Terminals marked a ‘seismic shift’ for the shipping community and that BCT is the first terminal in Australia to introduce the Automated Stacking Crane technology.

Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, The Hon Warren Truss, conducted the ceremony and he was thanked by BCT Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Gumley, who said that it was significant, and encouraging, that his responsibilities also included the portfolio of Infrastructure and Regional Development given the importance of new infrastructure to Australia’s growth and the challenges faced in its provision, and that the new terminal’s strategic significance couldn’t be underestimated, continuing:

“Brisbane Container Terminals is the first terminal operated by a third stevedore to servicing Australia’s important east coast container trade, this is a dramatic and positive change on the waterfront. Until now this market was the sole province of two companies. Now it is one in which three companies vie for shipping line business. This has to be good for shipping lines and their customers with greater value and better service.

“Stand-alone operators will face considerable challenges in this market because typically the incumbent stevedores have tended to package ports in their offer to shipping lines or offer discounts based on national volumes. HPH with its investments in Brisbane and Sydney’s Port Botany is already providing a two-port alternative and we are seeking to extend that to three east coast ports.

“Our growth has been deliberate, steady and considered, as we resolve the inevitable issues encountered developing any new operation from the ground up. Brisbane Container Terminals is part of the HPH group and we are extremely happy with the development. We are committed to bringing the latest in stevedoring operations to Australia.”

Photo: HPH Deputy Chairman, Dr John Meredith (right) presents a souvenir to Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, The Hon Warren Truss (left) to celebrate the official opening