SCT and DP World in new Parkes deal

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The two com­pa­nies will link to ser­vice re­gional trains be­tween Parkes and Port Botany

IN­TER­STATE TRANSPORT oper­a­tor SCT Lo­gis­tics has en­tered a new part­ner­ship with DP World Aus­tralia that will re­sult in con­nect­ing freight ser­vices in the Parkes re­gion to Port Botany.

The two com­pa­nies will work to­gether to ser­vice re­gional trains, pro­vid­ing lo­cal ex­porters and im­porters di­rect ac­cess to the dock at DP World Aus­tralia’s Syd­ney ter­mi­nal via Botany In­ter­modal.

The ini­tia­tive is ex­pected to re­duce truck de­pen­dency across the re­gion and im­prove en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes.

DP World Aus­tralia COO lo­gis­tics Mark Hulme and SCT Group MD Ge­off Smith hosted an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion for in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives last month.

Hulme says Botany In­ter­modal will of­fer fast and ef­fi­cient con­tainer co­or­di­na­tion, move­ment, clean­ing, re­pairs, re­fur­bish­ment and stor­age ser­vices to con­tainer freight trans­porters in and out of the ter­mi­nals.

“Botany In­ter­modal’s con­nec­tion to the South­ern Syd­ney Freight Line will drive im­proved rail ef­fi­ciency and speed of ser­vice to ad­ja­cent steve­dor­ing op­er­a­tions,” Hulme says.

Smith says the move will im­prove ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion and pro­vide ex­porters and im­porters ideal in­ter­modal fa­cil­i­ties at the Parkes rail hub.

“… we cur­rently move freight from Perth to Syd­ney via Parkes. We are well po­si­tioned to ex­pand these ser­vices to in­clude your ex­port into Port Botany to meet ves­sel cut offs,” he says.

“We are work­ing to bolt on more ser­vice types to ex­ist­ing ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture to pro­vide trust and con­fi­dence to the re­gional sec­tor.

“Fur­ther­more, we have 324 hectares in our re­gional in­ter­modal es­tate that would be ideal for ex­porters or im­porters to sit­u­ate them­selves in the strate­gic Parkes rail hub.”

Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith com­mends both com­pa­nies for diver­si­fy­ing their op­er­a­tions to max­imise the po­ten­tial of the Parkes Lo­gis­tics Hub and de­liver pos­i­tive out­comes for the re­gion.

“This part­ner­ship will fur­ther con­nect our re­gion to a global mar­ket via one of the ma­jor ports of Aus­tralia, plac­ing Parkes and the Cen­tral West into an eco­nom­i­cally ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion,” Keith says.

“We com­pete in global mar­kets and as such transport ef­fi­ciency is crit­i­cal to our com­petive­ness.”

Mark Hulme

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