SCT and DP World in new Parkes deal
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.”