Port of Newcastle lures Dent to deepwater terminal role

Australian shipping industry stalwart to help lead project development

Port of Newcastle lures Dent to deepwater terminal role
Noel Dent


Noel Dent has joined Port of Newcastle (PON) as strategic development manager for the Multi-purpose Deepwater Terminal (MDT) project.

Dent brings more than three decades of expertise in container shipping – including more than 20 years as ANL’s general manager operations and logistics – and will be responsible for further building relationships with the key commercial stakeholders of the new terminal, according to the port.

Dent is seen as a widely respected and highly experienced executive with a deep understanding of the maritime industry in Australia and across Asia and arrives in the midst of a recruiting spree.

Read about PON's double appointment last month, here

"Noel understands the full gamut of maritime operations – including international and domestic shipping, logistics, operations management, container management, port management, procurement, freight, intermodal transportation, ports and terminals," Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody says.

"We are pleased to benefit from Noel’s extensive knowledge and experience across all international and domestic containerised shipping, particularly with Australia's key trading partners in Asia."

Dent says he looked forward to contributing towards a project designed to improve Australia’s international competitiveness and create economic resilience for the Hunter Region and New South Wales

"The MDT is an exciting project – I’m very pleased to be part of this, making good use of the experience I have gathered over many years in the Australian shipping industry," Dent says.

"I look forward to working with the whole Port of Newcastle team to bring this project to fruition."

The announcement follows the port’s appointment in June of former WSP executive Glenn Thornton as executive manager projects and former Aurizon and GE Renewable Energy leader Paul Brown as executive manager business development.

PON has also commenced recruitment for the senior project manager for the MDT, the centrepiece of which is to be the planned $1.8 billion automated Newcastle Container Terminal (NCT).

It notes a HoustonKemp study conducted this year estimates the MDT would contribute $2.5 billion in economic activity across Australia, generating over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs.

"Subject to the restoration of a level playing field – the removal of the penalty on containers through the port – the MDT project will create cost efficiencies for businesses across NSW and underpin the diversification of the Hunter economy for a sustainable, uncontained future," Carmody says.


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