High tide: Rising volumes of goods exported by sea underpin steady industry revenue growth

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased demand for industry services has allowed operators to use more of their capacity
  • Strong demand from developing economies has fuelled increases in mineral export volumes
  • The mining sector has moved to the production phase, driving mineral export volumes

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Port Operators industry operates general cargo and container ports, which are generally located near major population centres or near mining sites for remote bulk commodities. The industry depends on international trade, and merchandise imports and bulk commodity exports are key drivers of revenue. As more cargo has moved through Australia's ports over the past five years, industry operators have invested in expanding port facilities, and have raised rates to fund these expansions. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.7% over the five years through 2016-17. In 2016-17, revenue is forecast to increase by 5.6%, to reach $3.0 billion...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Port Operators industry is highly capital-intensive, with a large amount of capital expenditure required to establish port operations. The industry spends approximately $0.83 on capital for every dollar spent on labour. The high level of capital intensity comes from the significant capital costs associated with constructing and maintaining wharves.

    Over the past five years, capital investment has risen, especially at bulk export ports. This has been due to demand from miners and petroleum producers. The most notable expansions have occurred at Port Hedland in Western Australia and Port Gladstone in Queensland. The level of capital intensity has also risen due to a falling share of revenue being spent on labour. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Port Operators Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Port Operators Industry are

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Successful industrial relations policy
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total mass of exports by sea and Value of merchandise trade imports in the Port Operators industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Port Operators Industry?

    Operators in the industry maintain and lease port facilities used in the land-sea transition of goods and passengers.

    Industry Products
    Wharf facility rental
    Other services
    Channel usage
    Industry Activities
    Port operation
    Wharf provision
    Wharf facility leasing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total mass of exports by sea
  • Value of merchandise trade imports
  • Days lost to industrial disputes
  • year bond rate

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Port Operators Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Port Operators Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Water Transport Terminals
  • Water Freight Transport
  • Water Passenger Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Conveyor and Crane Manufacturing
  • Industrial and Other Property Operators
  • Navigation, Towage and Services to Water Transport
  • Stevedoring Services

  • Products & Services
  • Wharfage
  • Wharf facility rental
  • Channel usage
  • Other services
  • Chart: Port Operators Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Bulk shipping
  • Merchandise trade

  • Major Markets
  • Shipping lines
  • Terminal operators
  • Container stevedores and cargo handlers
  • Transport operators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Port Operators Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Port Operators

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Port Operators Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Pilbara Ports AuthorityGladstone Ports Corporation LimitedNewcastle Port CorporationVictorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne)Port of Brisbane Pty LtdFremantle Port Authority
  • Table: Pilbara Ports Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Newcastle Port Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) - financial performance
  • Table: Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Fremantle Port Authority - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Port Operators Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Port Operators Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Bulk Cargo
  • Commodity cargo that is transported unpackaged in large quantities.
  • Stevedoring
  • Work concerned with loading and unloading ships.
  • Wharfage
  • A charge for the unloading or loading of cargo by ports.
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