Sydney leapfrogs Melbourne in container ranking

Sydney is now Australia’s biggest container port Photo: Jason Tong/flickr/CC BY 2.0 Sydney is now Australia’s biggest container port Photo: Jason Tong/flickr/CC BY 2.0
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Sydney has overtaken Melbourne as Australia’s biggest container port.

The Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2016-17, produced by competition regulator the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, shows that Sydney handled a record 2.5m teu in the year. Melbourne was a close second with 2.4m teu and Brisbane third with 1.2m teu.

Fremantle in Western Australia handled 700,000 teu and Adelaide processed 400,000 teu.

Sydney lost the top spot to Melbourne in 2015-16 but the turnaround is seen as being due to the restrictions on vessel sizes that are able to use the Port of Melbourne.

Maurice James, chairman of stevedoring company Patrick, said the figures reflect Melbourne’s inability to take larger vessels and this underlines why more work needs to be done to ensure larger vessels can access Swanson Dock.

Port of Melbourne chief executive Brendan Bourke has promised to work closely with stakeholders to “affirm its position as Australia’s most important maritime trade hub”.


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