A gateway to the second largest city in New South Wales, the Port of Newcastle’s opportunities and challenges reflect its proud history and exciting future. The 792 hectares port has 47 tenants across a diverse range of trades including thermal and metallurgical coal, grain, fertilisers, cement and bulk liquids. The port has a deep 15.2m channel and direct heavy rail access to Sydney, and via the Inland Rail, to Melbourne and Brisbane.
Senior Manager ESG Port of Newcastle
As the Manager of a 50 per cent shareholding, we are helping to guide the port through its strategic realignment. The board members are providing leadership in understanding and managing ESG issues, for example, by initiating the port’s participation in GRESB and a major consulting project which ranked over 20 potential sustainability capex projects at the port.
The port has invested $A35 million in a new ship unloader for its bulk fertiliser and cement terminal, replacing a 50-year-old piece of equipment and more than tripling the throughput of this industrial terminal.
The port has also commenced a tender process for two mobile harbour cranes to start the process of building a significant container trade at this deepwater port which, given the channel depth already in place for coal vessels, can handle the world’s largest and most fuel efficient container vessels. Overall, the port is planning to spend more than $A300 million over the next five years on diversification projects, and up to $A3 billion over the next 15 years (subject to government approvals on an expanded container terminal).