28 April 2008 -
Minister for Ports and Waterways Joe Tripodi today announced international shipping line Hoegh Autoliners will begin transferring its car import trade to Port Kembla in June, some five months ahead of schedule.
“This comes as the port gears up to become the State's major vehicle import centre? Mr Tripodi said.
Mr Tripodi said the Iemma Government's investment in the Port has enabled relocation from Glebe Island and White Bay in Sydney to commence earlier than anticipated.
Port Kembla Port Corporation has worked hard to achieve sufficient capacity at its berths and elsewhere on site to accommodate the bulk of NSW's car imports.
An economic study released last year showed every ship entering Port Kembla provided a $1m of boost to the local economy. Ships coming to the Illawarra earlier than scheduled mean an economic windfall and more local employment opportunities.
Wollongong MP Noreen Hay said work currently underway will provide efficient port facilities and manage the flow of ships keeping costs low to the regions importers and exporters.