Records have tumbled for containerised cargo movements at the Port of Townsville. More than 65,000 container movements have been recorded so far this financial year, already up several thousand on the 2014/2015 Port of Townsville record of 62,512 containers.
An estimated 80,000 containers are expected to be imported and exported by 30 June 2018, an increase of around 60% on the previous financial year and the potential to improve the record trade milestone of 14/15 by around 20,000 boxes.
Port of Townsville Limited CEO Ranee Crosby said that the increase in containers and general cargo was a real boost for the regional economy.
“60 years ago, shipping containers revolutionised the way general cargo was shipped and allowed huge steps forward in the efficiency of the global supply chain,” said Ms Crosby.
“Containers moving through the Port of Townsville carry an incredibly diverse range of cargo including whitegoods, furniture, construction materials, clothing and, in huge numbers this financial year, solar project cargo.”
“We are fortunate to have four shipping lines servicing the Port of Townsville in the container trade including ANL, Swire Shipping, Mariana Express Lines. This means more services, better frequency and more competition on freight pricing for regional businesses.”
Nortrans Manager Director Kent Battle said that the increase in container movements through the Townsville Port was great for the local economy and jobs.
“The Nortrans fleet has grown to more 40 trucks, 50 trailers as well as nine sidelifters which all service the Townsville Port and local container customers full time,” said Mr Battle.
“Each month Nortrans transports upwards of 1200 containers locally and interstate with a big percentage of those coming through the Townsville port. The increase in container numbers has meant a big increase in our local warehousing business Northern logistics and Warehousing.”
“Once they are unloaded from a ship, we move containerised freight from Townsville as far Darwin and south to Toowoomba.”
Brach Manager Chris Barnes of Mainfreight Air and Ocean North Queensland, who have had a local presence in Townsville for more than 15 years, said that in the past containers export movements had been focussed toward the Far North Asia trade, but that was now broadening.
“Historically, containerised imports into Townsville have been focused toward the Far North Asia trade, however Mainfreight are now providing import and export solutions moving Townsville containers to and from the USA, Europe, New Zealand, Middle East, South and North Asia,” he said.
“We are now able to connect Townsville with Mainfreight’s 242 branches worldwide - completing a truly Global Supply Chain Solution.”
“Working with the Port of Townsville, shipping Lines and more importantly local businesses, Mainfreight has supported positive growth in Townsville throughout the 2017/18 financial year -a 6.35% increase on import and 57.89% increase on export containers.