New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma has unveiled the new car handling terminal at Port Kembla, beginning a new era in the state’s shipping industry.
Car carriers will soon start unloading the bulk of their cargo at Port Kembla’s inner harbour. The new terminal will handle all car imports from next year, when the city’s terminals at Glebe Island and White Bay close.
Premier Iemma claimed the decision to move imports was not just about solving space problems at Sydney Harbour.
"We picked Port Kembla for a very deliberate reason and that was that we wanted to boost jobs in the Illawarra."
He says the move will also make use of the available land and facilities at Port Kembla.
Two 55,000 tonne carriers have already arrived at the port and will start unloading their cargo later today.