Interstate expansion on the mind of Marine Container Services

By: Paul Howell, Photography by: Barry Ahsenhurst

Intermodal services provider sets itself a long-term goal of moving beyond Sydney.

Interstate expansion on the mind of Marine Container Services
Grand ambitions: Sydney-siders David, left, and James Wright are aiming to take Marine Container Services’ business model to other cities.


Sydney-based container operator Marine Container Services (MCS) is looking to take its established operation beyond New South Wales.

The family-owned firm, which offers a range of intermodal services including container storage and transport out of Port Botany, has carved out a niche for itself since beginning in 1973.

It services importers and exporters from its two terminals at Botany and has credited its strong focus on building personal relationships with its customers for its continued success.

Director David Wright told ATN a wider expansion of the business is a long-term goal.

"We get asked a lot to provide services in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria," he says.

"One of our goals for the future is to take the successful Sydney business model and make it work in other states."

Fellow director James Wright says there are "no limits" to what MCS can achieve and where.

"We understand and appreciate the markets we operate in and we absolutely know and understand our customers. We work extremely hard to meet their requirements and they are constantly recommending our services to others," he says.

"There’s no reason that can’t happen in other locations as well."

MCS’s own growth history suggests that is entirely possible. Grahame Wright — who passed away last year — founded the company in 1974, making MCS the oldest family-owned and independently operated transport company in the state.

It started with just Grahame and a friend who needed a place to store containers.

MCS eventually grew from simply storing containers to offering repair services and eventually playing a role in transporting them across NSW.

Most recently, MCS added to its service offering with the launch of its Sydney Flyer rail shuttle.

The service allows the transport industry to quickly and easily clear containers from the stevedoring operations.

Since May, MCS has been offering two services per week between its terminals and the DP World wharf at Port Botany.

Read the full story on MCS and its plans for the future in the January edition of ATN, out now.

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