2019 has been a busy year for the Flinders Port Holdings Group.
The company, which owns and operates seven of South Australia’s commercial ports, is expanding and diversifying its operations, while also completing a number of major upgrades to its assets.
This activity reflects Flinders Port Holdings’ role in underpinning the state’s export infrastructure.
This year, the group’s operations are projected to facilitate $25 billion in trade, with the mining sector making up a significant portion of this figure.
One of the current key priorities for the group is delivering enhanced supply chain integration to its customers to make the export and import process from end-to-end smoother by focusing heavily on simplifying the process.
As part of these efforts, the company is currently finalising the launch of its latest business, Flinders Warehousing and Distribution (FWD).
The latest edition to the group’s portfolio of companies, FWD utilises Flinders Ports’ inter-connected position in the commodities supply chain to offer customers a tailored service spanning warehousing, distribution, customs, quarantine and transport.
The new offering will benefit a range of sectors, but will offer clear benefits for mining companies with very specific logistics challenges.
Beyond integration, Flinders Port Holdings is also aiming to improve capacity. This month the company has completed dredging activities for its landmark $80 million Outer Harbour Channel Widening Project at Port Adelaide.
The project puts Port Adelaide at the same level as the largest container ports in the country and will enable Post-Panamax sized container ships to operate in South Australia.
This has been a vital project for the state as all containerised products are imported and exported through the state’s only container terminal, the Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal.
South Australian exports through the container terminal exceed $8 billion annually, and imports approximately $6.5 billion.
Looking forward, the company is also looking to ensure it is well positioned to support a relative upturn in the mining sector, and an increase in potential bulk and containerised project opportunities on the horizon for the state and border districts.
Speaking about the importance of the mining sector for Flinders Port Holdings, the company’s chief executive Stewart Lammin noted: “As a Group, we have always worked side-by-side with South Australia’s mining industry.
“Our ports and related infrastructure are crucial to supporting the sector, bringing the state’s minerals and metals to the global commodities markets, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We are always looking to deliver further efficiencies to the supply chain for our mining partners.”
Whether through its collaboration with the mining sector or the state’s other key export industries such as agricultural commodities, wine and food, the Flinders Port Holdings Group will continue to play a pivotal enabling role in South Australia’s export-led economy through 2019 and beyond.