DP World launches Australian logistics services arm

Mark Hulme will lead DPWLA
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DP World Logistics Australia to also control new firm Botany Intermodal


DP World Australia is expanding its landside presence with a view to pushing further along the supply chain and "beyond the port gate".

The stevedore has formed operating entity DP World Logistics Australia (DPWLA) in a move that gives a formal structure to existing and projected transport and intermodal services.

DPWLA will control Botany Intermodal, a new intermodal container handling service and premises within the Port Botany precinct.

For DP World Australia MD and CEO Paul Scurrah, the new DP World Logistics Australia brand and the Botany Intermodal business in the Port Botany precinct are "a natural extension of a local and global network stretching across DP World’s 70 international container terminals".

"As a critical link in the cargo logistics chain, we’re growing our Australian business in a way that makes sense," Scurrah says.

"This new intermodal business aligns with our plans to develop operations that complement DP World Australia’s stevedoring business."

DPWA chief safety, innovation and integration officer Mark Hulme, an experienced container shipping line and port services executive, will lead DPWLA as chief operating officer logistics.

"DP World Logistics Australia will offer fast and efficient container coordination, movement, cleaning, repairs, refurbishment and storage services to customers who are transiting container freight into and out of the terminals," Hulme says.

"Botany Intermodal is connected to the Southern Sydney Freight Line, which will drive improved rail efficiency and speed of service for adjacent stevedoring operations.

"This opens the opportunity for rail operators to load empties within the port precinct.

"As the nation’s largest container stevedore, we are confident we can further develop our strong stakeholder relationships and continue to build value for DP World Australia’s customers."

Botany Intermodal will operate out of two locations: Park 1, at 1890 Botany Road on the former known as Sydney Haulagesite, and Park 2, at Bumborah Point, the ex-Smith Brothers facility.

DPWA NSW logistics manager John Towers, will lead the Sydney-based arm of DP World Logistics Australia.

"Botany Intermodal will be Port Botany’s only fully integrated container logistics park," Towers says.

Covering 15.3 ha, Botany Intermodal is one of the largest empty container parks in Sydney.

"Our strategic location means we are the more convenient of Sydney’s two full-service container logistics parks," Towers says.

Botany Intermodal services will include:

  • wash containers, ISO tanks and road tankers to specific customer requirements
  • repair and upgrade containers to food quality/DPI standards
  • repair damaged containers
  • store empty and full containers
  • load and unload rail freight and offer storage solutions for containers ahead of ship receival windows
  • offer out-of-gauge storage and handling, including receiving, lashing and delivering nonstandard goods
  • store containers at considerably lower rates than terminal storage.

DPWA is no stranger to port-rail logistics, linking with Toll two years ago at Villawood in Sydney. 

In Melbourne, it joined with with SCT Logistics for the container rail shuttle and with Austrak for its intermodal hub at Somerton.

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