The Port of Townsville welcomed the first shipment of 564 pipes for Townsville City Council’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project this weekend onboard the ship Eckert Oldendorff.
The $215 million Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project tender was awarded to Iplex Pipelines in April 2018.
The glass reinforced polyester pipes will be unloaded from the vessel onto trucks then transported to the laydown yard in the Bohle en route to the project area.
Townsville Port Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby said the receival of the project cargo was a complex operation involving supply chain participants, demonstrating the strong capabilities of the port and logistics industries.
“As the largest general cargo port in Northern Australia, the capability for handling project cargo such as the Haughton pipeline is second to none,” Ms Crosby said.
“Importantly, we have received project cargo for a number of major projects like this over the last 12 months, which is a great sign of economic activity and confidence in the region”, she said.
Northern Stevedoring Services General Manager David King said the planning of such project cargo requires immense project management between all involved.
“With all operational planning complete for the first pipe shipment, we now look forward to the operation and being an integral part in the supply chain of this very important infrastructure project for Townsville”.