Port Botany is located 12 nautical miles south of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and the city's central business district. Botany Bay is well serviced by road and rail networks.
The facilities at Port Botany currently consist of three container terminals with 12 container vessel berths and two bulk liquids berth complemented by container support businesses, bulk liquid berth storage facilities and private berths at Kurnell. The channel to the Port Botany estate is 213m wide and has a minimum depth of 15m, with a swinging basin at Brotherson Dock dredged to 15.6m.
Trade is steadily increasing through the ports of Sydney driven by consumer and business demand. To secure ongoing economic growth for NSW, the existing container terminal facilities and bulk liquids handling facilities at Port Botany are currently undergoing expansion.
Enfield is a 60 hectare site located 18km on a dedicated freight rail line from Port Botany.
This former marshalling yard is currently zoned for commercial rail use, with a proposal to develop the site as an Intermodal Logistics Centre (ILC). This proposal has been developed in line with a strategy to manage the growth of containers through Port Botany. The ILC at Enfield will form part of a network of intermodal terminal facilities in Sydney.
The proposed ILC site is within close proximity of its catchment markets. The site is located on and accessible from arterial roads, connected by a dedicated freight line to Port Botany and large enough to deliver an integrated freight solution comprising intermodal terminal capacity for 300,000 TEUs* per annum, empty container storage and warehousing.
* TEU a twenty foot equivalent container unit (a 20 foot container is one TEU).
The Cooks River Rail Depot and Empty Container Park (ECP), at St Peters is one of two ECPs in Sydney with rail access.
At Cooks River, empty containers are received from importers to be cleaned, stored and repaired before being packed or transferred to regional freight centres or re-exported.
During the 2011/12 year, work commenced on an upgrade and expansion of the Cooks River facility. This has included drainage improvements, pavement repairs and the extension of existing rail sidings to allow for trains of 600 meters in length. Two additional sidings are also under construction and will meet the new 600 meter industry port shuttle standard established by the Port Botany Rail Taskforce.
The upgrade to the Cooks River Depot also includes building additional facilities for containers to be stored on power to maintain their contents at a stable temperature.
The maximum site capacity has now increased from 11,500 to 14,500 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).
Cooks River is a key component of the port supply chain for the distribution of empty containers by rail to regional areas. The expansion of the Cooks River facility will help producers across NSW export with greater ease and efficiency. The integrated ‘Paddock to Port’ focus is providing the infrastructure to support the movement of goods and commodities from regional areas to overseas markets.