In Transport and Logistics News circulated on-line today.  See full text below and this excerpt:   

The Sydney Ports Corporation (SPC) said it remains committed to working towards a 24×7 working environment at Port Botany. SPC will be engaging with local councils to address impediments adversely affecting allowable operating hours of depot operations in close proximity to the port precinct.

 It will concern residents in South Ward already suffering noise disturbance from Port Botany operations to learn that Sydney Ports Corporation(SPC) may ‘engage with local council’ with a view to removing what they,SPC, reportedly refer to as ‘impediments’ but which others would consider to be ‘safeguards’. SPC should be reminded that the residential streets impacted by Port related operations existed long before the container port and further that container shipping was removed from one of the finest natural ports in the world, Sydney Harbour, because of the impacts on existing and potential residents. 

 Link to ING submission to IPART

In a submission, dated 18/7/09, to IPART the General Manager of Botany Bay Council had this to say (full submission)


Port Botany reforms: the stick is coming

With largely unsatisfactory levels of improvement and cooperation shown by the stevedores in relation to improving container delivery times at Port Botany, the NSW Government’s penalty regime is expected to be introduced soon.The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc (CBFCA) says the Operational Performance Management (OPM) framework, underpinned by a penalty regime, is applicable to both stevedores and the transport sector, for non-compliance with established service levels. While the road transport sector is already subject to such penalties as a part of existing vehicle booking system (VBS) rules, Phase 2 of the Port Botany Logistics Improvement Strategy (PBLIS) requires stevedores to provide services within specified truck turnaround times, to be measured from truck entry into the port precinct (not stevedore’s gate) to exit from the stevedore gate, subject to a valid on time VBS booking)The implementation of the reforms will most likely take place late in 2010 once a voluntary approach (requiring ACCC authorisation) and/or statutory processes are completed and associated technology has been introduced to measure compliance.The CBFCA will continue to work with the Australian Trucking Association NSW (ATANSW), SPC and other key stakeholders in review of the associated regulation, business rules and technology specifications.CBFCA’s manager of freight and business operations Paul Zalai said: “Prior to the NSW Government intervention that has manifested into the PBLIS initiative, it was not uncommon for trucks to be held up for several hours queuing outside the terminals onto public roads waiting to pick up or deliver sea freight containers.“While recent service levels have improved at one terminal, the CBFCA sees merit in implementing phase 2 of PBLIS to ensure that appropriate service levels are met in the future. Transparency in the vehicle booking system (VBS) is essential, to ensure that an appropriate total number of slots per zone are sufficient to meet the volumes each day.

“If performance benchmarks and stevedore penalties for terminal delays are adopted, Sydney would progress towards a ‘waiting-time detention-free port’ that would substantially benefit the NSW export and import sectors.

“The CBFCA remains committed to supporting PBLIS in an aim of achieving improved efficiency, predictability and transparency of the landside interface at Port Botany,” he said.

Mr Zalai also advised that the PBLIS Rail Taskforce is making steady progress and is working towards a separate OPM framework to assist in the interface with existing and emerging intermodal facilities.

The Sydney Ports Corporation (SPC) said it remains committed to working towards a 24×7 working environment at Port Botany. SPC will be engaging with local councils to address impediments adversely affecting allowable operating hours of depot operations in close proximity to the port precinct. SPC will also continue to work closely with empty container park operators to explore all options to facilitate longer opening hours, including regulation of service levels, if the implementation of OPM does not drive this and a market solution cannot be found.  

2 Responses to “Port Botany Traffic and Noise Impacts 24/7”
  1. Gregory John Olsen ESQ says:

    Lynda et al,

    I support Lynda’s call for consideration of the residents of the South Ward by the Sydney Ports Corporation(SPC) in respect of Port Botany’s 24 hours operations. Phillip Bay residents, such as my wife and I, contend with intrusive noise at all hours of the night, every day of the week emanating from Port Botany.

    Not only that, but we also have to face the myriad trucks and super sized container semis that ‘own’ the only two lane road that leads from our peninsular westward along the bay, namely Botany Rd and Foreshore Drive. Every time, and I mean every time, I drive that route I have to take pre-emptive defensive driving action to avoid being skittled by an impatient truck driver.

    This happened to me just last week as I was trying to point out the speed limit signs to a crazed truck driver who’s only response was to wind down his window and shout expletives at me while running me off the road as he was slowing down from 90 kmph to avoid careering into cars stopped at the new traffic lights!

    There WILL BE FATALITIES on that road as a result of the inadequate planning and tardy responses to locals concerns. I totally oppose the 24/7 operation of this port. It is an indictment to the lack of foresight and poor planning our state and federal authorities who have utterly failed to look after the interests of local residents.

  2. Kellie says:

    As a Matraville resident, my family and I are greatly impacted on by port noises and would support what ever measures to have SPC respect the surrounding residence’s enviroment. Forklift reversing beepers, ship generators, container movements, are just some of the noises that invade my waking and, particularly, sleeping hours.

  3. Loren says:

    This is such an old page. Did residents just gave up on their wellbeing? 2018 now and the noise problem has become far worse. Nothing has been done, in fact the opposite. Not only the trucks, but the container banging and lately the ever increasing loud rumbling ship engine noise that goes on night after night. It can drive a person physically ill, people can’t sleep….. What about our health? Does anyone care or is the Dollar more important now than human life? We need to get rid of the port or put curfew on it. No other option. They do about 2Mill containers now, looking at 5Mill in future. The area might not be even suitable for living by than. If the noise bothers you, don’t just sit there, ring EPA, ring the port, ring council, etc. It all ready is disaster.

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