The continuing upgrade of the NSW Ports’ Port Kembla operation is creating opportunities for companies operating in the logistics field. Industries such as shipping, stevedoring, warehousing, distribution, support services and repair and maintenance are growing to cater for the Port’s expanding trade in vehicles, containers and break-bulk cargoes, as well as its traditional strengths in steel and bulk cargoes such as coal and grain. Companies include WWL, Patrick, Autocare, Prixcar Services and AAT.
Port Kembla International Trade Hub
Port Kembla is NSW’s port of growth. Located south of Wollongong, Port Kembla is a key infrastructure asset for NSW and an economic driver in the Illawarra region. Port Kembla accommodates a range of dry bulk, bulk liquid and general cargoes. It is home to NSW’s largest motor vehicle import hub and grain export terminal, and is the second largest coal export port in NSW.
Port Kembla is a key gateway supporting NSW’s motor vehicle, mining, agricultural, manufacturing and construction industries. The cars that individuals and businesses in NSW purchase are typically imported via Port Kembla. NSW’s construction and manufacturing industries rely on bulk products and general cargo imported via Port Kembla, including cement clinker imports which are ground on-site to produce cement; iron-ore for steel making; and lubricant oils for cars and machinery.
Port Kembla is also an international gateway for agricultural and mining industries including grain exports to overseas markets and coal exports for overseas steel making. Port Kembla is connected to Sydney and regional NSW via both road and rail infrastructure, with the majority of grain and coal transported to the Port by rail.
Port Kembla will also be home to NSW’s second container port (NSW Ports Master Plan, 2015).
PORT KEMBLA’S KEY STRENGTHS
- Connections to regional NSW, including freight rail connections, to support agriculture and mining.
- Proximity and access to the growing population and employment lands of south-west Sydney and the Illawarra.
- Capacity to handle new trades and increased volumes of existing trades.
- Deep water shipping channel and berths that require minimal maintenance dredging.
- Capable of handling large cargo vessels.
- Short shipping channel that minimises vessel transit time and contributes to port efficiency.
- Excellent supply of well-connected nearby industrial land to support key trades and port-related activities.
- Operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week (24/7).