Demand for industry services will slow after a period of strong mining activity and high mineral ore exports comes to an end.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) August 13, 2014
Operators in the Dredging Services industry in Australia are characterised by high capital requirements and a high market share concentration level. Dredging companies require an extensive range of dredgers, dredging equipment and pumps. This equipment requires significant investment and “limits the number of companies able to enter the industry and compete with the major players,” according to IBISWorld industry analyst Alen Allday. Further, many of the industry's major players are local subsidiaries of large global dredging, infrastructure and marine engineering companies. The vast resources and experience of these global firms reduces opportunities for Australian dredging firms. Major players include Dredging International (Australia) Pty Limited, Van Oord Australia Pty Ltd, Boskalis Australia Pty Ltd and Jan De Nul (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Demand for dredging services is largely driven by port expansion activity, ore mining growth and increases in container shipping sizes. A large number of ports in Queensland and Western Australia have been expanded in the past five years to cater for increased ship sizes and greater mineral ore volumes. “Maintenance dredging to clear silt and sediment in rivers and water channels has also contributed to industry revenue,” says Allday. In the five years through 2014-15, industry revenue is estimated to increase at an annualised 7.3% to $1.6 billion. This includes an increase of 2.2% in 2014-15 as demand for dredging services is expected to slow due to a lack of new major projects. Dredging Services industry revenue growth peaked in 2012-13 and 2013-14 with the Western Basin LNG project in Gladstone, QLD, and the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin requiring extensive dredging services. Over this period, industry demand was also greatly influenced by strong mining activity and high mineral ore exports, which required port expansions to accommodate larger shipping fleets.
Following strong industry growth over the past decade due to the resources boom, industry growth is projected to slow significantly over the next five years. Reduced mining investment levels and fewer major port expansion projects are expected to result in reduced demand for industry services. However, as the industry will still be required to deliver dredging works for many new projects, there is not expected to be any decline in establishment numbers or industry employment.
For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Dredging Services industry in Australia report page.
Companies in the industry provide sea, ocean and river dredging services, which include deepening and widening existing port operations and moving deepwater sediment to keep waterways open for commerce.
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