Expansion Projects Bring Benefits to Victoria’s Ports

first_imgVictoria’s commercial ports have performed strongly over the past year, posting solid figures in import and export trade.Minister for Ports David Hodgett welcomed the annual reports tabled in Parliament yesterday and said the figures reinforced the strategic value of Victoria’s commercial ports.“Victoria has an incredibly strong ports sector which can be seen in the figures posted for the past year for trade at Melbourne, Geelong and Hastings,” Mr Hodgett said.“The Port of Melbourne Corporation recorded an overall profit after tax of $72.8 million for 2013-14 against the background of modest overall trade growth. “The Port of Hastings also continued its strong trade growth, reporting significant increases in both exports and imports for the past reporting period. “Overall, these are positive trade figures at Victoria’s major ports and the Napthine Government will continue its support of the sector to ensure these figures grow into the future,” Mr Hodgett said.Mr Hodgett said there were significant projects underway at each major port to ensure Victoria retains its position as the country’s freight and logistics capital.“It’s a particularly dynamic time for the industry at the moment. It’s a time when a great deal of attention is being paid to the state’s ability to capitalize on the growing port trade, particularly the fast-growing container trade,” Mr Hodgett said.“The $1.6 billion Port Capacity Project at the Port of Melbourne is critical to our ability to accommodate future container and automotive trade growth. “This major project has gained even greater momentum during the year with the announcements of the successful bidders for the international container terminal, the automotive terminal and Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) hub. “Planning is well underway on the expansion of the Port of Hastings as Victoria’s next container port with major planning milestones achieved in the past year. “There have been several milestones this year for the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) including its appointment as Port-City coordinator in June to facilitate proposed infrastructure projects for the port, and the $6 million contract awarded in February to undertake dredging and improve safety, capacity and efficiency in the shipping channels,” Mr Hodgett said.[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2014last_img read more

Eagle gives Baba edge at Life Card

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KIKUYO, Kumamoto Pref. – Yukari Baba eagled the final hole to match the day’s low round with a 3-under 69 on Saturday and take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Life Card Ladies. Baba, who started the day two shots off the lead, had a birdie and three bogeys through 10 holes but fought her way back into title contention with three birdies before making an eagle putt on the par-5 18th that moved her to 5-under 139 at Kumamoto Kuko Country Club. Tour veteran Midori Yoneyama stood alone in second place on 140 after a 71, followed by Yuko Mitsuka (73) and overnight leader Shinobu Moromizato (74) two shots further back. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

Exclusive – Away form key to Redknapp’s future, admits Cureton

first_imgDagenham and Redbridge striker Jamie Cureton believes Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp must begin to steer the Hoops to away victories if he is to reduce the speculation surrounding his position as manager.The west Londoners have lost all ten away Premier League fixtures so far this season, including Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor, and the 39-year-old insists things have to improve under the former Portsmouth and Tottenham chief.“It’s been disappointing, they’ve had little glimpses here and there but on the whole it’s been fairly poor, especially on the weekend against Burnley,” Cureton told talkSPORT.“Home form is obviously key, but somewhere along the line you’ve got to start picking up points away from home and winning matches.“They’ve not done that and that then puts more pressure on your home games and if you’re not winning them then you start sliding down the table.”And the former QPR man believes the lack of transfer activity at Loftus Road during the transfer window could be an indication towards Redknapp’s future at the Hoops.“You would expect QPR to try and add to their squad and try to improve, but they haven’t at the moment,” he added.“Whether that means they’re looking to change and they don’t want to give Harry the money I’m not sure.“He’s done as well as he can, he got them promoted and it’s a difficult league, but you need to spend to stay in it.”last_img read more