Major Shipping Consortium Signs with Hutchison’s Botany Terminal
Hutchison’s Sydney International Container Terminals at Port Botany is entering a three-year agreement with the Southeast Asia-Australia Service.
The major international shipping lines UASC, Hapag-Lloyd, Hanjin, CSCL, RCL, OOCL and Hyundai are members of the consortium. They operate five ships of between 4,200 and 4,700 TEU capacity on the weekly service; running Singapore, Malaysia, Brisbane, Sydney Melbourne and Adelaide.
Sydney International Container Terminals Limited, Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Gumley, said that SICTL’s ability to win the business demonstrated that the new terminal was quickly emerging as a viable alternative to the incumbent stevedores.
“The agreement with SAAL will see SICTL regularly handling container exchanges in the order of 1500 TEU; placing it on a par with its competitors”, Dr Gumley said.
“This underlines the consistent growth in SICTL’s capabilities given initial operations just began last November and Automated Stacking Crane operation in December. In doing the latter, SICTL became the first terminal to introduce a higher level of automated operation into Port Botany.”
“Every agreement we make with shipping lines is important to us,” Dr Gumley said. “We understand that to successfully break into this market we must deliver value to all our customers and that’s what we intend to do.”
SAAL’s first ship is expected to call at SICTL in early April.