UPDATE: Asciano execs detail Botany plan
Director of Patrick Terminals and Logistics Alistair Field and chief executive officer and managing director of parent company Asciano John Mullen have shared further details on the planned $348m expansion to Port Botany that was announced this morning.
Asciano chief John Mullen. Photo - David Sexton
Further details revealed were:
- Asciano estimates the developments will result in a cost saving figure of $50m per annum; giving a 7-year payback period.
- Patrick Terminals director Alistair Field said Asciano are targeting 27 gross box moves per crane per hour at the Port Botany following developments. He said that would be a 20% increase on current rates.
- Global technology company Cargotec will deal with the construction of the 44 new automated straddle (AutoStrad) carriers, set to be introduced in Port Botany at a total cost of $75m. Cargotec purchased Asciano’s software earlier this month.
- Mr Mullen said the move to sell the technology and tenders to Cargotec was made because “[Asciano is] not an IT company.” Mr Mullen said that the technology is “cutting edge,” and therefore the further development of it should be handled by a company capable of doing so.
- Mr Mullen believes Asciano’s competitor stevedoring companies, Hutchison and DP World, will also move towards more automation in the future.
- The tender process for the most expensive part of the development plan, the $242m design, civil works and construction, will continue for around 4 months, then the contract tenders will be awarded.
- Asciano management has begun notifying workers, on a shift-by-shift basis, of planned future redundancies. Approximately 270 of Patrick Port Botany’s 511 workers will be made redundant by mid-2014 with the introduction of automated straddle carriers.
- Mr Mullen says they have received a “good reaction” from the workforce so far. Mr Field says Asciano will continue communicating with the Maritime Union of Australia and its employees.
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