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AST Services sells operation to Qube Logistics

Port services giant grows in Port Botany with container haulage firm


Qube Logistics is in the process of taking over most of Port Botany container haulage firm AST Services’ fleet and a majority of its staff, with finalisation expected on Friday.

AST managing director John Spyrou informed customers about the move, for an undisclosed sum, in a letter co-signed by head of HR and commercial compliance Damian Avery.

It stated that that those full containers with delivery set for beyond Friday would see them arrive at Qube’s Minto facility.

AST will look after invoices them, “for ease of completion”.

It will also look after de-hiring of empty containers past Friday and its warehouse will operate until October 1.

“After over 20 years of running AST Services, the time has come for us to take a step back and have a much-needed break from 24/7 operations,” the letter said.

“This hasn’t been an easy decision as AST is not just a business operation for us.

“Every employee, customer and supplier has been a pivotal part of our organisation, like one big family.

“Without your support, we would not be where we are today.”

Read how Qube nabbed Newcastle Agri Terminal, here

Any jobs for after Friday should be booked with Qube.

Qube Logistics picks up a top-three Port Botany full-container logistics enterprise that puts its container-handling numbers at around 100,000 TEU a year.

It has three facilities at Baumborah Point Road in Port Botany, Banksmeadow and Padstow.

Two years ago, the company spruiked its modern fleet of 74 prime movers, with focus on Scanias, plus trailers at 240 combinations including 20 A-double sets and 14 side loaders – though an AST source today put the fleet total at around 90 prime movers.

AST was founded in 2001 as a family business and Spryou has built it up from there.

An AST spokesperson would not comment and ATN is awaiting a response from Qube.


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