NSW | Evening Seminar - Intermodal Freight Supply Chains in NSW

5:00pm Thursday, 23 May 2019
7:30pm Thursday, 23 May 2019
Transport for NSW, Wollongong Regional Office, Boardroom Level 5
280 Keira Street
Wollongong, New South Wales 2500

The NSW AITPM Brank are pleased to present Professor Michael Bell, Professor of Ports and Maritime Logistics in the Institute of Transport and Logistics, at the University of Sydney Business School. Professor Bell will present an insight into Freight, Ports and Supply Chains in NSW.

Presenter's bio

 Michael Bell is the Professor of Ports and Maritime Logistics in the Institute of Transport and Logistics, at the University of Sydney Business School. Prior to this, he was for 10 years the Professor of Transport Operations at Imperial College London and for the final 5 years at Imperial the Founding Director of the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC). He graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Economics and obtained an MSc in Transportation and a PhD on Freight Distribution from Leeds University. His research and teaching interests span ports and maritime logistics, transport network modelling, traffic engineering, and intelligent transport systems. He is the author of many papers, a number of books (including Transportation Network Analysis, published in 1997), was for 17 years an Associate Editor and is now an Editorial Board Editor of Transportation Research B, the leading transport theory journal, was an Associate Editor of Maritime Policy & Management and is currently an Associate Editor of Transportmetrica A.


Growth in containerised imports and exports through Port Botany, although not growing as fast as once anticipated, are straining Sydney’s transport infrastructure. The response is to develop a network of intermodal terminals connected to Port Botany by rail. By locating these close to the destinations of the containers, container traffic on the road network can be reduced, benefitting the environment and the road infrastructure. To maximise these benefits, the distribution centres, ware houses and factories where import containers are unpacked and where export containers packed should be collocated at the intermodal terminals, along with empty container parks. Many large distribution centres and warehouses have been attracted to Western Sydney by relatively inexpensive land, the availability of a work force, and good access to the motorway network, creating logistics sprawl. This raises a number of linked questions. Are the current and planned intermodal terminals in the best locations? How can collocation be encouraged to reduce the negative effects of logistics sprawl? Is the rail network adequate for the growth of intermodal terminals and, if not, where is investment required? To answer these questions we have developed a freight model and applied it to the Sydney metropolitan area. This presentation will describe the model, present some initial results and predict how Sydney’s intermodal supply chains may evolve. 

Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free event for both members and non members


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