Port of Brisbane News May 2024

Monday, May 13, 2024

Port News

May 2024

CEO's message 

Welcome to this month's edition of Port of Brisbane News.

We celebrated two property milestones last month, welcoming new customer Rogers Transport to the community, and turning the sod on a new site for DSV Air & Sea, an existing customer at the Port.
Consultation has opened on PortBris 2060, where we are seeking your input into what the Port of Brisbane will look like 40 years from now. Where are the opportunities, challenges and considerations that we, as a port community, need to be thinking about now?

Later this month, we're again celebrating National Reconciliation Week, holding a breakfast event for the Port community at our Operations Base. 

If you would like more information about anything in this edition of Port of Brisbane News, please contact us.

Neil Stephens

PortBris 2060

Our PortBris 2060 project is looking to the future to contemplate what the Port will look like in 40 years.

Over the last 12 months, we've worked with external experts to undertake research to understand the key trends, drivers and influences and have developed four distinct, possible scenarios of the Port of Brisbane in 2060.

Now we need the Port community to have their say!

Please read our Beyond Tomorrow Discussion Paper and complete a short survey to give us your feedback and insights. Consultation is open until 2 June – all the details are on our website.

Trade update

Import full containers have been resilient against a backdrop of stronger economic headwinds and are currently up 2.5% at the end of April, against this period last year. Export full containers remain flat, however higher volumes of processed beef and cotton exports are anticipated over the next few months, due to better seasonal conditions.

Volumes of bulk cereal exports remain lower than prior year volumes, due to poor wheat crop production in 2023, while motor vehicle imports have kept pace with the strong volumes experienced over the last few years.

Rogers Transport welcomed to the Port

It was fantastic to cut the ribbon on the new warehousing and depot facility for Rogers Transport in April. The 4.96ha site includes a warehouse, workshop with fully automated truckwash, office and two recessed loading docks. 

Our design and delivery teams worked closely with Rogers Transport to incorporate significant sustainability initiatives including using lower emissions concrete products and an EnviroConcepts water recycling system in the truckwash, which will reduce water use by over 90%. 

Congratulations to Principal Contractor FKG Group and project partners Gaskin Construction Services and Sparc*, alongside our own PBPL team for delivering another high quality facility for our new customer. Read more on our website.

TSHD Brisbane sails north 

Following its summer campaign in Brisbane undertaking maintenance dredging of the Port's navigational channel, the TSHD Brisbane has sailed north for the winter to support Queensland's northern ports.  

She will be joined by the newest vessel in our fleet, the Giles S – an 8.5m Air Raider which will tender to the TSHD Brisbane as a crew transfer vessel, supporting her work along the Queensland coast. 

While here, the TSHD Brisbane crew and our Marine and Hydrographic Surveying teams worked to remove excess sediment from the channel to support safe, navigable depths of the channel for commercial shipping.  

Sod turned on DSV Air & Sea site

Last month we turned the sod at the site of a new warehouse and container depot we're delivering for global transport and logistics operator, DSV Air & Sea.

Together with Principal Contractor, McNab, PBPL will deliver a purpose-built facility on a 4.8ha site comprising a 14,900sqm warehouse, a two-storey operations office, and approximately 27,164sqm of container-rated hardstand as well as awnings, and truck manoeuvring and car parking areas.

With an existing presence at the Port, the move will enable DSV Air & Sea to bring its Brisbane-based road and sea freight service operations to a central location. 

Find out more on our website.

PC1's new EV chargers

Two new EV chargers are now operational at the PC1 building (Port Café), available for tenants and their visitors. These join the three EV chargers installed at the Port Office to support our employees and visitors with electric vehicles.

The new chargers have come online at the same time as our first battery storage system, also at PC1.

Progressed as a trial, the battery can store up to 233kW, with the power used to reduce peak energy consumption in the building.

The battery storage, together with the EV chargers and other initiatives such as rooftop solar, all contribute towards reducing emissions.

National Reconciliation Week

This month, we're proud to again be holding our annual National Reconciliation Week celebrations for the Port of Brisbane community to recognise and celebrate Australia's Indigenous culture and reconciliation journey.

Aligned to this year's theme 'Now More Than Ever', our event will be held at our Whyte Island Operations Base on Tuesday 28 May at 7am. 

Beginning with breakfast, the morning will include a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Turrbal Dippil followed by a special guest speaker, Baringa Barambah Meeanjinu.

To find out more or to join us, email info@portbris.com.au.
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