Port of Brisbane CEO, Roy Cummins, writes:
“There has been a lot of discussion in Australia recently regarding the future of ports and, specifically, the future of vessel size in Australia and the capacity of ports to cater for that growth.
“It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that while some stakeholders appear to be discovering this issue now, the ports sector has been planning for this for years.
“Fundamentally, ports are infrastructure businesses. It is up to us to invest in the infrastructure required to facilitate the activity and growth of our customers.
“On the waterside, it goes without saying that shipping lines are key customers for ports, and therefore understanding their needs – now and emerging – is crucial to our own planning and investment cycles.
“There is no doubt that the size of vessels deployed to Australia has changed significantly in recent times.
“And yes, shipping lines have had discussions with us and other ports regarding 14,000 TEU vessels”.
You can read Mr Cummins’ thought-provoking insight here.