A Federal Government restriction is current for all international cruise ships entering into Australian waters until 17 December 2020.
The Port of Townsville operates 8 berths and is the largest container and automotive port in Northern Australia. The Port has been the economic cornerstone of the North Queensland region since it first started trading in 1864, supporting around 8,000 jobs and servicing a population of nearly 800,000 people. Imports include essential everyday goods such as fuel, furniture, electrical goods, cement and bitumen. North Queensland farmers export agricultural products, and mining company's need the Townsville port to export minerals.
The 2018-19 year was a significant one for the Port of Townsville, with growth in trade driven by a rebound in the resources sector, a strong net profit of $15.96 million and the advancement of a number of major infrastructure projects. Total trade throughput of 7.68 million tonnes is a 4.7% increase on the previous financial year. There were increases across a range of export commodities, in particular mineral concentrates, zinc ferrites, refined copper, smelted lead, sugar and cattle. Cruise ship visitation grew with 16 arrivals and a doubling the number of passengers and crew to almost 20,000 people.
Located 1,360 kilometres north of Brisbane on the east coast of Queensland, the Port of Townsville's 8 berths handled nearly $8 billion in trade during the 2016-17 financial year.
Townsville is the number one exporter in Australia of copper, zinc, lead and sugar and with its close locality to Asian markets, it is ideally placed to service a growing economy. More than 20 shipping lines operate out of the Townsville Port; offering more 40 services and covering 136 ports around the world.
Commodities/cargo that passes over the Townsville Port's wharves include:
Motor vehicles, general cargo, cement, sulphuric acid, fertiliser, copper, nickel, zinc, copper anode, petroleum products, sulphur, containers (carrying furniture, electrical goods, household items, clothing, construction materials etc) and tyres.
Sugar, timber, general cargo, fertiliser, containers, cattle, refrigerated meat, magnetite, copper, lead, zinc, zinc ferrite, zinc oxide, silver, molasses, sand, gravel, coke, project cargo, tallow.
Located 100 kilometres north of Townsville, the Port of Lucinda exports raw sugar grown in the Ingham district. It is equipped with on-shore sugar handling and storage facilities, as well as a single trestle jetty and conveyor running out to an off-shore berth and shiploader.
The jetty is one of the longest of its type in the world, extending 5.6 kilometres out to sea and dipping 1.2 metres over its length as it follows the curvature of the earth. Sugar takes 22 minutes to travel along the conveyor from the on-shore storage sheds to the shiploader.
The port terminal is operated by Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal, a subsidiary of Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL).