The Flinders Ports consortium acquired seven ports in 2001 under a 99-year lease after they were privatized by the South Australian Government.
The new masterplan is expected to be one of the most complex and far-reaching port development plans undertaken in Australia given that it will include multiple commodities across Port Adelaide, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Port Giles, Klein Point, Wallaroo and Thevenard, as well as several business streams within the group. These include Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Flinders Logistics, and Flinders Warehousing & Distribution and Flinders Ports.
The company has awarded the masterplan contract to international port planners, Black Quay Consulting, which will develop it over the next twelve months.
As explained, the project is expected to involve considerable stakeholder engagement alongside detailed operational and strategic port planning covering the management of containers, bulk, break bulk, general cargo, and the state’s growing cruise industry. The plan will also ensure that the ports further improve their environmental management as well as link better with wider state development plans.
‘”Master Planning is key to ensuring we are a long term, future focussed business. By planning ahead, we will continue to link South Australia to the world, whilst adding value to our shareholders and customers,” Stewart Lammin, CEO of Flinders Ports, commented.
Flinders Ports is in the midst of the Outer Harbor Channel Widening project that would enable Adelaide to welcome containerships and cruise ships with a maximum width of 49 meters without operational restrictions. At the end of September 2019, the port operator announced the completion of the dredging component of the project. Now that this part of the project is complete, the port operator would focus on the relocation of the navigation aids to mark the new channel width.