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Invitation for expressions of interest to develop and operate the international container terminals located at North Quay (now closed)

In October 2014, Fremantle Ports invited expressions of interest to develop and operate the international container terminals located at North Quay.

The Port of Fremantle is Western Australia's primary container, general cargo and automotive port, currently handling 92% of the State’s container trade. Its national share of container trade is 9.4%. Trade volumes through Fremantle will continue to grow, driven by Western Australia’s high-performing economy and fast-growing population. The development and operation of the port’s international container terminals represents an outstanding opportunity to service this important market.

In 1996, Fremantle Ports granted leases of two international container terminals at North Quay, within Fremantle Inner Harbour, for 21-year terms. These leases will expire in 2017.

Fremantle Ports is seeking to achieve a number of strategic objectives in relation to the container trade and the future operation of the international container terminals, including to:

  • maximise terminal throughput capacity by achieving efficiencies that are comparable to leading international container terminal operations
  • maintain a level of service to shipping lines, importers and exporters that is comparable to leading international container terminal operations
  • minimise impacts on surrounding port and non-port users, including issues relating to traffic management within and outside the port gate, and overall safety and environmental performance
  • ensure container terminal operators work proactively with supply chain participants (for example, shipping, rail and trucking companies) to develop efficiencies that will ensure sustainable growth within and beyond the port gate
  • ensure container terminal operators work proactively with Fremantle Ports to seek new, mutually beneficial trade growth opportunities, and
  • deliver a commercial financial return to Fremantle Ports.