Magazine article Business Asia

MPC Strengthens Asian Ties

Magazine article Business Asia

MPC Strengthens Asian Ties

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THE MELBOURNE PORT Corporation (MPC) has recently strengthened its ties with some of its key Asian customers.

Chris Whitaker, managing director of MPC, and Ashley Dinning, general manager, shipping and logistics, went to Japan recently to visit customers, while a 19-member delegation from South Korea visited the port in April.

While the executive duo's trip to Japan was primarily to discuss Melbourne's car carrying business, Dinning said it was important to have face to face meetings at least every 12 months.

"We visited four shipping lines that have their head office in Japan -- "K" Line, NYK Line, Mitsui OSK Line and Toyofuji, as well as car manufacturers, Mitsubishi and Toyota. Together these companies move around 180,000 vehicles a year through Melbourne," he said.

"Up until a few years ago, many shipping lines would come down from Japan, discharge Victorian cargo here in Melbourne, then sail around to Adelaide and discharge predominantly Mitsubishi car parts. Now instead of calling at Adelaide, they rail goods across from Melbourne. This created about 23,000 TEU in new business for the port, but more importantly, it allowed the Australian Northbound Supply Conference (ANSCON) to drop a ship out of their sailing schedule and still maintain a weekly service.

"This is a win-win situation for everyone: the car manufacturers are happy, the shipping lines are happy and we're happy. Mitsubishi, in particular, believe we are one of the most proactive port authority in the country. …

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