We had a focus in 2017 for our SCT Ports division to showcase regional exporters how we could help them deliver a smoother, more efficient, and problem-free way to export their product and containers. “There is an unprecedented amount of change and opportunity in the Port Rail space,” said SCT MD Geoff Smith. “Road congestion issues as well as increases in Port costs, mean that customers are looking for cost-effective solutions.” The information sessions were held in Wodonga and Horsham - Victoria and Parkes NSW. In attendance at our forums included the Port of Melbourne, major shipping lines like ANL, Maersk, and CMA, as well as SCT senior management and owners. Throwing industry leaders into the hot seat provided a unique and valuable experience for local/regional customers to fire off questions, concerns and grievances to the shipping industry heavy-weights. “There have been unprecedented changes in the last 18 months that I have not seen or witnessed in 15 years,” said SCT Logistics GM – Ports Matt Eryurek. “The Port got privatised; a third stevedore was introduced; a major terminal operator was purchased by a logistics company; and government commitment to improve rail access confirmed.
These changes are creating new opportunities to develop new strategies and new partnerships.” Matt was posed the question: Why SCT? - “SCT is Australia’s largest privately owned independent rail operator. SCT continues to invest in developing port to property to DC rail solutions. We are not new at this but have kept under the radar for some time. Since 2012 we have been in this space out of Penfield SA to port; and 2013 then Horsham to port. We are continuing to identify and grow partnerships. “In 2016, we helped SA citrus market to rail containers from Penfield SA into an on-dock terminal at Port of Melbourne. This was possible as our rail connectivity ex-Penfield is linked to three terminals – Port Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne. Our intermodal estates have unlimited potential as they provide interstate and port rail capability.
“At SCT we provide the perfect opportunity for not only exporters, but also manufacturers who wish to position themselves on our rail estates and reducing supply chain costs and maximising container weights. Performance and reliability is also enhanced as has been proven. In 2016 our Horsham Terminal achieved a record peak volume season of 23,555 TEU. In Adelaide we railed close to 10,000 TEU Treasury Wine export boxes, both without missing a vessel cut-off. We are totally committed to our clients and working with them in close partnership.”
SCT MD Geoff Smith said: “we are now well positioned to expand our other rail freight centres including services into Parkes, Wodonga and Bromelton.” SCT CEO Glenn Smith added, “SCT is a big supporter of regional employment in Australia. SCT Group now employs over 400 people in varying regional towns
across Australia. In 2017 and beyond, SCT will focus on attracting potential importers and manufacturers into the regions, with local council and regional development support.