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Mobile app for Port Botany

NSW Port Botany has announced the implementation of new mobile technology – the Port Botany Performance Data app – to streamline freight operations for owner-drivers, stevedores and other port users.

Over 3000 containers move in and out of Port Botany each week day by road, and new technology would help ease congestion, according to Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey.

“Until now, Port Botany performance and status information was only available on a closed system account to a limited number of stevedores and road carriers,” said Pavey.

“Through the new app live data will be freely available and will allow industry stakeholders to see what’s happening in the port precinct.

“It will also focus on real-time truck turnaround and performance data in order to enable better freight planning into and around Port Botany.”

The app was built on the NSW Government’s Cargo Movement Coordination Centre’s (CMCC) IT platform and is available for free via iOS and Android devices.

Pavey said users will be able to use the app to better plan and optimise arrival times for trucks and reduce heavy vehicle queues entering the port.

“Not only will this allow Port Botany to operate more efficiently, it will reduce the impacts of road freight movements and ease congestion around the precinct,” said Pavey.

The CMCC is already improving efficiency by using a range of technology to capture real-time freight movements, including a network of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) readers within Port Botany.

“Through a combination of technology and working collaboratively with Port Botany users, truck turnaround times have been cut by more than 17 per cent in the last four years and rail mode share is at a record 19 per cent.”

“The port contributes $3.2 billion to gross state product each year. We have to make sure we are working alongside industry leaders and stakeholders to keep up with a thriving industry.”

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