Sydney on course to overhaul Melbourne as Australia’s number 1 boxport

Sydney on course to overhaul Melbourne as Australia’s number 1 boxport

There is a likely change coming in the top container port rankings Down Under, with Sydney on course to overtake Melbourne for top spot, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Last year Sydney was just 200,000 teu behind Melbourne’s 2.5m teu figure. Now volumes are stagnating at the Victorian port thanks in large part to a lack of rail connectivity and migrating to New South Wales.

This year’s Victorian budget confirmed the previous government’s A$58m project to connect rail to the port, but the federal government has suggested it will reallocate its A$38m contribution elsewhere if the rail project does not go ahead.

Melbourne port is going through a contentious privatisation scheme at the moment that has caused concern among dockworkers and terminal operators alike.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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