31 August 2006 -
The Port Kembla Port Corporation will invest $450,000 in new information technology to support its accelerating growth and expansion, Member for Wollongong Noreen Hay MP said today.
'This investment is a reflection of the changing face of Port Kembla as it prepares for the next stage of its development,' Ms Hay said.
'This new technology will ensure the internal operations of the port can meet the increases in vessel shipping trade and general and containerised cargo.'
Ms Hay said the new technology would make it easier for the corporation to manage the daily operations of the port quickly and efficiently.
'By 2008 there will be an additional 400 ships arriving in the port of Port Kembla and many of these ships will have never entered our port before,' Ms Hay said.
This new technology will enable a smooth transition for the car-carrying vessels and containerised trade.
It will also ensure that existing users of the port are benefiting from the same level of service.
Port Kembla Port Corporation chief executive officer Dom Figliomeni said the new technology would be rolled out in two stages and will replace a 15-year-old system.
'The first stage will include the implementation of a new, state-of-the art management information system by early next year,'? Mr Figliomeni said.
The second stage will include the implementation of new shipping technology and is due to be complete by the end of 2007.