To celebrate 10 years' operation in Parkes, SCT Logistics is focusing on delivering improved levels of freight services from the Parkes region to Port of Sydney by teaming up with DP World Australia to present a joint capabilities initiative.
The partnership will see the two companies work together to service regional trains providing exporters and importers direct access to the dock at DP World Australia's Sydney terminal via Botany Intermodal.
Today, the companies held an information session for local exporters and importers, government and transport providers to gain an insight into opportunities available within the supply chain.
DP World Australia's Chief Operating Officer Logistics, Mark Hulme said "launched yesterday, Botany Intermodal will offer 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.
"Botany Intermodal’s connection to the Southern Sydney Freight Line will drive improved rail efficiency and speed of service to adjacent stevedoring operations."
“This is a fantastic opportunity to connect Parkes and the Central West with the port,” Mr Hulme said.
SCT Group's Managing Director, Geoff Smith said, "we currently move freight from Perth to Sydney via Parkes. We are well positioned to expand these services to include your export into Port Botany to meet vessel cut offs. We are working to bolt on more service types to existing services and infrastructure to provide trust and confidence to the regional sector."
"Furthermore, we have 324 hectares in our regional intermodal estate that would be ideal for exporters or importers to situate themselves in the strategic Parkes rail hub," Mr Smith added.
It's expected that the partnership will see a reduction in truck dependency across the region and improved environmental outcomes.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM congratulated SCT Intermodal Parkes for achieving ten years of service in the region, and commended both companies for diversifying their operations to maximise the potential of the Parkes Logistics Hub and deliver positive outcomes for the region.
"This partnership will further connect our region to a global market via one of the major ports of Australia, placing Parkes and the Central West into an economically advantageous position. We compete in global markets and as such transport efficiency is critical to our competiveness."