Sydney's Port Botany plans to double and automate on-dock rail capacity

NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals have launched an A$190 million (US$129

09 September 2019 - 19:00

NSW Ports and Patrick Terminals have launched an A$190 million (US$129.447 million) project to double the capacity of Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad's on-dock rail infrastructure located at Port Botany in Australia.

The project includes investment of A$120 million from NSW Ports to deliver on-dock rail infrastructure and A$70 million from Patrick Terminals to deliver automated rail operating equipment at the container terminal, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.

The project provides the capacity needed to handle one million TEU on rail and improve train turn-around times by 33 per cent. It will be opened in stages to allow existing rail operations at the terminal to continue throughout the construction period.

Once fully operational in 2023, the project will raise the rail capacity of Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad from 250,000 to one million TEU. It is anticipated to reduce the truck kilometres travelled in Sydney by at least 10 million per year, saving two million litres of diesel per year - the equivalent of a net reduction of 5,400 in CO2 emissions tonnes per year.

The new infrastructure will increase the number of daily train windows at the Patrick Terminal from eight to 12 with the ability to progressively increase to 24 daily windows when more automated rail mounted gantries are installed. It will provide the capacity to double the number of daily trains to Port Botany from 16 to 32, and will double Port Botany's total portside rail capacity from 750,000 TEU to 1.5 million TEU.

The first phase of the project is part of NSW Ports' overarching programme to raise on-dock rail capacity at each of its three container terminals at port Botany, which will deliver a total of three million TEU of rail capacity to the port.

Port Botany currently handles 2.6 million TEU annually.


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