Townsville signing marks important hydrogen milestone

14th April 2021

North Queensland’s hydrogen future and the potential of thousands of regional jobs is a step closer with an agreement between Australian energy company Origin and ...

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Mantaray joins the fleet

8th March 2021

The Port of Townsville has welcomed the newest addition to its fleet of pilot boats with the arrival of the newly built Mantaray. The $3.3 million, custom-built vessel ut...

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Port launches $50,000 Community Fund

26th February 2021

The Port of Townsville and its customers are today launching their new annual Community Fund which will make $50,000 available to local charities, not-for-profits, school...

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Car imports motoring on

10th February 2021

New car sales are surging across northern Australia with the Port of Townsville recording its highest motor vehicle import figures in history last quarter.  Almost 6,000 vehicles arrived through the Port between October and December 2020, and October fell just six cars shy of the Port’s b...

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Vision for the Port's bright future

18th December 2020

Since its establishment in 1864, the Port of Townsville has served the people and industries of Northern Queensland and has been a major driver in creating jobs and economic growth which are essential ingredients for a vibrant community. Over 150 years, the Port footprint has grown from the upper re...

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More jobs in Channel Upgrade project's biggest contract

9th December 2020

The Port of Townsville has announced the awarding of the largest contract of the $232 million Channel Upgrade project to Hall Contracting Pty Ltd.  The works include capital dredging to widen 14.9 kilometres of sea channels over two years and reclamation of 62 hectares of land through beneficia...

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New crane heralds a change on Townsville's horizon

2nd December 2020

Move over Sugar Shaker, there is a new giant in town.  Assembly of the first ship-to-shore crane purchased by the Port of Townsville since the 1970s is now underway....

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Swire Shipping increases shipping frequency into Townsville with newly built ship

2nd December 2020

Swire Shipping has launched its upgraded North Asia Express (NAX) service with the addition of its newly built 2,750 container vessel, Lae Chief. The enhanced service wil...

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MMG's millionth reason to celebrate at the Port

13th November 2020

MMG Dugald River mine has reached a major milestone, producing and exporting one million tonnes of zinc concentrate in just three years. MMG Dugald River, which is situa...

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New shipping service delivers opportunities for the North

19th October 2020

COSCO SHIPPING LINES, one of the world’s biggest shipping liner conglomerates, today begins a new fortnightly service directly linking Townsville with destinations in China, Northern Australia and the South Pacific. The CAP (China/Australia/Pacific) service will create additional opportunities...

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New Board member provides further diversity

1st October 2020

The Port of Townsville is pleased to welcome the appointment of local Townsville lawyer Connie Navarro and the reappointment of Townsville businessman Brad Webb to the Bo...

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Port of Townsville Annual Report

28th September 2020

The Port navigates through COVID crisis by delivering positive results for North Queensland The Port of Townsville has delivered strong financial results and continued to...

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Saab delivers Port Management Information System to the Port of Townsville

15th September 2020

The Port of Townsville, which operates the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda in northern Australia, has taken an important step forward in improving the port experience for...

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Multi-million-dollar truck staging upgrade delivering local jobs

4th August 2020

Townsville Port has awarded a $4.5 million truck staging upgrade contract to local firm, RMS Engineering and Construction - a leading provider and operator of civil engin...

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Townsville dolphins healthy as monitoring assists with long-term conservation

30th July 2020

Initial data from a monitoring project to help preserve two dolphin species has found almost 250 healthy individuals in stable populations near Townsville. Led by Flinder...

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New terminal to take Townsville Port to new era

17th July 2020

A new strategic cargo terminal has been officially opened at the recently upgraded Berth 4 Terminal at the Port of Townsville with the arrival of ‘Coronado Bay...

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Little Lucinda Jetty gets $1.2m upgrade

10th July 2020

The Port of Townsville is spending $1.2 million to repair the Lucinda Jetty to extend the life of the popular fishing spot for the benefit of the local community. Transpo...

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Port supports YWAM medical ship during COVID-19

1st July 2020

When times are tough, North Queenslanders need to support each other. The  Port of Townsville has today announced it will provide much needed in kind support to Nort...

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Boxed meat exports buck trend

1st July 2020

For the first time in over a decade, JBS Australia is shipping hundreds of tonnes of frozen beef directly from Townsville.  Today’s shipment will be sent direc...

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Construction powers ahead on historic port upgrade

26th June 2020

The $193 million Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project  has undergone  a project milestone, with the delivery of more than half of the total rock required ...

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Rowes Bay beach sand replenishment underway

28th May 2020

Rowes Bay beach will be replenished using sand from the mouth of the Ross River as part of Council’s annual beach renourishment works. The work is based on the reco...

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Cars drive timely economic boost at the Port

13th May 2020

A new $2.5 million project to extend the secondary wharf at Berth 10 will make Townsville more attractive for car carriers, while also providing a much-needed boost to jo...

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Local paver solution puts port container terminal of firm footing

6th April 2020

The Port of Townsville has found a local solution in its search for specialised industrial pavers for its new $30 million crane and cargo container terminal. Port of Town...

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Construction underway on historic Port of Townsville upgrade

13th March 2020

Townsville’s $193 million port upgrade is underway with the first rocks laid this month for its new protective wall. Construction is already moving ahead on the 2.2km protective rock wall, which will ultimately pave the way for up to six new berths. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and ...

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Real time monitors keep an eye on Cleveland Bay

9th March 2020

Data from real time water quality monitoring equipment deployed in Cleveland Bay is for the first time available online on the Port of Townsville website. The monitors me...

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Port announces $10m in new contracts

2nd March 2020

The Port of Townsville has announced two major contracts for the $193 million Channel Upgrade Project; the largest infrastructure project in the Port’s 156 year his...

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Port to expand pilot boat fleet

23rd January 2020

The Port of Townsville, northern Australia’s largest multi-cargo port, is expanding its fleet of pilot boats to four. The Port has awarded Hart Marine a $...

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Port strengthens Sister Port agreement

22nd November 2019

Three Indonesian port specialists are coming to the end of a 12-week exchange program with the Port of Townsville, designed to strengthen ties with our nearest major trad...

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The Port receives a Highly Commended Award

15th November 2019

The Port of Townsville was last night recognised as a leading Australian port at the Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards held in Melbourne. The Port of Towns...

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Master Plan focuses on economic growth while protecting the Reef

5th November 2019

The Port of Townsville Master Plan has been released setting out the sustainable development of port activities, operations and management while protecting the Great Barr...

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Three maiden calls kick-off 2019-20 Cruise season

22nd October 2019

Cruise ship season commences today with a maiden call from Holland America ship, Maasdam, carrying around 1200 passengers and 580 crew. The season will see 13 ships visit...

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Townsville to export first frozen beef in more than a decade

4th October 2019

Townsville to export first frozen beef in more than a decade   The first frozen beef shipment from the Port of Townsville for more than a decade leaves today, amid hopes of a new export trade directly from North Queensland’s largest general cargo port.  Mackay abattoir, Thomas Borthw...

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Townsville Port seeks a high-flying Marine Pilot

2nd October 2019

Townsville Port seeks a high-flying Marine Pilot   Name a job where your work environment is set amongst the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and every day you get to navigate vessels through it?  Answer: Port of Townsville Pilot. Marine pilotage is among the...

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2018/19 Annual Report

1st October 2019


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Townsville Port first to launch high tech marine pest surveillance program

17th September 2019

A marine biosecurity early detection program that utilises cutting edge technology has been launched in Townsville. The program utilises a DNA analysing program to identi...

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Townsville wins Australian Cruise Association Conference in 2020

11th September 2019

Townsville will host the Australian Cruise Association Conference in 2020, bringing together 120 industry experts from Australia and overseas. Port of Townsville CEO Rane...

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Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct development boosted by $3.5 million injection

9th September 2019

A major transformation of Townsville’s ferry and bus transport system is one step closer after the State Government today announced $3.5 million in funding towards the Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct development. The development site is one of Townsville's most significant projects providin...

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Stage set for congestion busting truck stop

28th August 2019

The Port of Townsville has unveiled a new plan to battle congestion caused by trucks queuing on roads leading into the port.Local contractors will have an opportunity to tender later this year for a $4.5 million project to build a truck staging area that will cater for up to 25 triple road trains.Me...

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Jobs and exports on the rise in growing Townsville Port

25th July 2019

Major floods in the Townsville region in early 2019 have failed to dampen growth in exports leaving the North Queensland city. New preliminary figures show total trade t...

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Reef House Investment preferred proponent to redevelop prime waterfront site

4th July 2019

The Port of Townsville has chosen Townsville-based property development company Reef House Investment Group (RHIG) as the preferred proponent to build a multi-million-dollar premium development on a prime waterfront site on Flinders St. The development, which will be built on the site of the old Gre...

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Container trial sowing seeds for the future of refrigerated exports

27th June 2019

A refrigerated sea container trial is underway at Port of Townsville, building capacity for horticultural exports direct from north Queensland. The trial, with specialty ...

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Australian Ports Business and Operations Conference opens in Townsville

26th June 2019

More than 130 maritime and logistics experts will gather at the Port of Townsville this morning with Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, Townsville Port CEO, Ranee Crosby and Ports Australia Chief Executive Mike Gallacher for the opening of the Australian Ports Business and Operation...

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More jobs as the Port ramps up for another major development project

20th June 2019

Townsville construction company Formset has been awarded a $10 million contract to build a 1.6-hectare container terminal as part of the Townsville Port’s $30 million Crane and Cargo Terminal project at Berth 4. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the longstanding Townsville business...

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Townsville Port Welcomes ‘Pit to Port’ Rail Freight Initiatives

13th June 2019

`Pit to Port’ solutions will become a reality with the announcement of $30 million from the State Government towards a new $48 million common-user rail freight term...

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New NQ fertiliser mine could have 200-year life

23rd May 2019

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was at the Port of Townsville today announcing prescribed project status for an Agripower Australia Ltd processing plant to be built in Yabu...

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Multi-million-dollar rock supply a solid start to Channel Upgrade Project

26th April 2019

The Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project has taken another major step with a multi-million-dollar rock supply contract awarded to Holcim Australia Pty Ltd. The mate...

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Sand transfers to restore Rowes Bay Esplanade

23rd April 2019

Beach sand from the mouth of Ross River will be transferred to Rowes Bay beach next month as part of the city’s recovery effort from the unprecedented monsoon. Townsville City Council and Port of Townsville are working together to restore the Rowes Bay Esplanade, the beach and pedestrian acces...

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Townsville is first Port of call for new vessel out of Japan

10th April 2019

The colossal 199m bright red car carrier Niagara Highway, arrived in port today on its first voyage from the ship yard in Yokohama, Japan unloading 250 motor vehicles ove...

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Townsville to host Australia’s first Ports Business and Operational Conference

28th March 2019

More than 100 industry delegates are expected to attend the first national Ports’ Business and Operational Conference in Townsville on 26-27 June;  endorsing s...

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Townsville Port offers a #BalanceForBetter

8th March 2019

The 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. It doesn't end on International Women's Day. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide an...

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Turtles show inquisitive streak in Cleveland Bay

5th March 2019

When the Port of Townsville set out to investigate some unusual activity around one of its marine water monitoring sites in Cleveland Bay, it discovered that inquisitive ...

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Last minute call creates a buzz in the city

22nd February 2019

Luxury cruise ship, Albatros will arrive in Townsville tomorrow amid a last-minute itinerary change due to weather conditions in south-east Queensland.  The 205m ves...

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Port offers depth of learning

29th January 2019

Engineering and geology students from James Cook University are gaining first-hand experience on the Port of Townsville’s $193 million channel upgrade project. Two ...

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Port of Townsville, the leader of diversity in the industry

26th November 2018

The Port of Townsville has won the Diversity Award at last nights’ 23rd Annual Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards in Sydney. The award seeks to recogn...

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McKinlay Shire Council’s Pilot Power Pod arrives at Port of Townsville

13th November 2018

The first self-sufficient hybrid renewable energy container to power one lucky North West Queensland property arrives from Antwerp, Belgium today. The Intech Energy Conta...

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Priority Port draft Master Plan released by Queensland Government

12th November 2018

The release of the draft Master Plan by the Queensland Government this week will guide future development whilst committing to sustainability and protecting environmental...

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Preliminary works for Channel Upgrade Project commence

2nd November 2018

Preliminary works for the $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade has commenced, a significant milestone since concluding full funding for the project in September 2018. Ge...

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First shipment of Haughton Pipeline arrives in Port of Townsville

22nd October 2018

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 Ec...

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Port of Townsville 2017/18 Annual Report

2nd October 2018

Port of Townsville Limited has again delivered strong financial results while continuing to deliver major infrastructure investments.  With a focus on revenue divers...

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Shortlisted candidates announced for Harbour City Project

11th September 2018

SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR HARBOUR CITY PROJECT   Honeycombes Property Group and Reef House Investments Group have been shortlisted following the Expressio...

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Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade all systems go after Federal funding announcement

4th September 2018

Port of Townsville has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement today of a $75 million funding contribution towards the Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade; meaning works can now get underway. The $193 million project involves widening of the shipping channels to accommodate large...

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PFAS Preliminary Investigation Report

6th August 2018

In April 2018, results from preliminary testing of groundwater detected elevated levels of Per-and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) around the Port of Townsville.  This testing was undertaken as part of a voluntary monitoring program by Port of Townsville Limited (POTL). Following the detecti...

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Townsville Port Charity Golf Day

23rd July 2018


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Update on PFAS around Townsville Port - July 2018

11th July 2018

In April 2018, results from preliminary testing of groundwater detected elevated levels of Per-and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) around the Port of Townsville.  This testing was undertaken as part of a voluntary monitoring program by Port of Townsville Limited (POTL). Following the detecti...

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Port of Townsville collects bronze at Australian Reporting Awards

20th June 2018

Port of Townsville Limited has won bronze at the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) held in Sydney this evening.   The Awards were established in 1950 by leading business leaders for excellence in preparing annual reports, to improve the standards of financial reporting and communicating with ...

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First shipment of wind turbines arrive at Port of Townsville

7th June 2018

  Massive 70 metre wind turbine blades, bound for the Kennedy Energy Park in Hughenden, are being imported through Townsville today. The shipment of 36 blades and 3,500 tonnes of cargo from China will form part of the world’s first hybrid large-scale power plant. The $160 million project ...

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PFAS Update - May 2018

8th May 2018

In late April 2018, results from preliminary testing of groundwater detected elevated levels of Per-and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) around the Port of Townsville.  This testing was undertaken as part of a voluntary monitoring program by the Port. The results do not relate to water connec...

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EOI for world class marine precinct

4th May 2018

Port of Townsville’s Harbour City Project will kick off with the development of a key parcel of land as an iconic global centre of excellence for marine science and research. The site is currently home to the offices of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and is located between Reef ...

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Containerised Cargo Records Smashed at Port of Townsville

30th April 2018

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 expec...

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Early groundwater results show elevated levels of PFAS

27th April 2018

Preliminary testing of groundwater has detected elevated levels of PFAS around the Port of Townsville.  This testing was undertaken as part of a voluntary monitoring program by the Port. Per-and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been widely used sinc...

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Berth 4 opens to shipping after $40.7 million upgrade

29th March 2018

The Port of Townsville's Berth 4 container and general cargo facility has officially opened today after the completion of a $40.7 million upgrade. The two-year project, delivered on time and under budget, has resulted in a full upgrade of the inner harbour berth so larger vessels can be...

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Capricorn Copper exports first shipment

22nd February 2018

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has today welcomed the news of Capricorn Copper’s first shipment of high quality copper concentrate via Berth 11. Port of Townsville General Manager Business Development Claudia Brumme-Smith said that it was a historic day for the Capricorn Copper mine, locate...

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Townsville Port Expansion Gets the Environmental Tick from Federal Government

7th February 2018

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Townsville Port Expansion Project has been approved by the Federal Government. The Federal Government’s approval of the EIS for the project means that preliminary works on Stage 1, the $193 million Channel Widening Project, could kick off before...

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Townsville Cruise Ship Committee - Half Year Report

5th February 2018

What's Happening - February 2018

5th February 2018


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Port of Townsville releases half yearly trade figures

18th January 2018

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has posted solid trade results for its two ports at the half way point of the 2017/18 financial year. Overall combined tonnage through t...

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Port of Townsville facilitates Northern Australia's first cattle shipment to Chinese market

18th January 2018

The first-ever shipment of live cattle from Northern Australia destined for the Chinese market departed Townsville today from Berth 3, managed by Northern Stevedoring Ser...

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Townsville port raises the bar with new cranes

21st December 2017

The Port of Townsville has received approval to fund a $27.3 million investment into new cranes and cargo handling infrastructure. During a visit to the port today, Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the investment would develop jobs and support the efficient operation of container and ca...

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North Queensland Manbullo mangoes set sail for Asia

12th December 2017

3,250 cartons of Manbulloo mangoes grown in North Queensland set sail for Asia today from the Port of Townsville in refrigerated containers on Mariana Express Lines&rsquo...

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Greenvale Marble sets sail for Italy

12th December 2017

Port of Townsville Gets Stylish with Locally Influenced Cruise Uniform

22nd November 2017

The Port of Townsville team is preparing for the launch of its biggest cruise season ever next week, revealing a new cruise-welcome uniform, designed in collaboration with local silk artist Pip Earl of fashion label Pipsilk. The design features silk panels and scarves in a pattern inspired by the im...

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Capricorn Copper mine open for business

20th November 2017

Port of Townsville Limited has welcomed the news of the official opening of Capricorn Copper’s mine in north west Queensland.  Port of Townsville Acting Chief Executive Officer Claudia Brumme-Smith said that the news of Capricorn Copper’s first production run of high grade quality c...

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July-September trade volumes break records at Townsville Port

9th November 2017

Port of Townsville Limited has recorded strong trade growth in the first quarter of the 2017/18 financial year compared to the same time last year in containerised & general cargo (+135%), motor vehicles (35%), molasses (+45%), sulphur (+26%), live cattle (+21%), petroleum (+16%) and fertiliser ...

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What's Happening - October 2017

27th October 2017


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Motor Vehicle Imports up 40% so far this financial year

9th October 2017

More than 4,500 motor vehicles have been imported through the Townsville Port so far this financial year, an increase of 40% on the same period last year. Sixteen car carriers have arrived in Townsville since 1 July 2017 to import the record-breaking number of motor vehicles to the region. Port of T...

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What's Happening - September 2017

9th October 2017


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Roll-on/Roll-Off Facility Moves Massive Project Cargo for Adani

6th October 2017

$50 million worth of project cargo weighing around 2,000 tonnes for Adani’s Abbot Point Project has been successfully imported through Townsville Port. The steel machine is a replacement for one of the team of six stacker-reclaimers for Abbot Point’s coal operations. It arrived in Septem...

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Port of Townsville 2016-17 Annual Report

29th September 2017

Port of Townsville Limited’s (POTL)’s financial performance has remained strong despite continuing challenging economic conditions in North Queensland; posting a net profit of $15.18 million for the 2016-17 year. Overall trade volume was 7.5 million tonnes, with several sectors increasin...

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$1.64B Port Expansion Project Gets Green light from QLD Government

29th September 2017

Construction works on the Townsville Port Expansion could start next year after the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project was approved by the Queensland Coordinator-General. Townsville Port is a vital trade gateway for Northern Australia and for the nation. It is the country’s b...

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MMG's Dugald River Mine activity ramps up at Townsville Port with arrival of 500 half height containers

8th September 2017

Swire Shipping container vessel Mia Schulte has arrived at the Port of Townsville carrying 500 half height containers that will be used to export the first loads of zinc ...

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Swire Shipping ramps up services to Townsville

5th September 2017

Swire Shipping has announced changes to its North Asia Express (NAX) service, bringing super-fast transit times between Townsville North Queensland and South East Asia. The 20-day frequency service will offer the fastest transit times to/ from major Asia and Southeast Asia international ports and wi...

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Register now for the JCU Asian Market Forum - 8 September

1st September 2017

Agriculture, Investment and Innovation is the theme of this year's Asian Market Forum to be held at JCU's Townsville Campus. Who should attend? investors/traders/producers can discuss partnering face-to-face with key decision makers of firms from China representing over 15 industries and from six p...

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Townsville Strand Ferry Terminal Market Led Proposal Sets Sail

18th August 2017

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has today announced a Market Led Proposal for a new Strand Ferry Terminal and Tourism Precinct within the Townsville Waterfront Priority Development Area. The $56 million proposal, led by national tourism operator SeaLink, working in partnership with Queensland devel...

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ANL starts direct services between Townsville and Malaysia-Singapore-Jakarta

25th July 2017

Container shipping line ANL will begin direct services from Townsville to Malaysia, Singapore and Jakarta this week, offering some of the fastest transit times available from Australia. ANL is part of the CMA CGM Group, the third largest container shipping line in the world, and offers shi...

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What's Happening - June 2017

4th July 2017


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Townsville Port prepares for trade boom stimulating jobs and economy

29th June 2017

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water SupplyThe Honourable Mark BaileyWith more than $50 million in projects currentl...

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Port of Townsville welcomes funding commitment for Channel Widening Project

6th June 2017

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has welcomed today’s announcement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that the Government’s State Budget will allocate up to $75 million in funding for the Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade Project. The $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade, which is Stag...

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Solar farm project cargo flowing through Port of Townsville

2nd June 2017

General cargo for solar farm projects in North Queensland has been arriving at the Port of Townsville, with more than 200 containers carrying solar panels being imported over the past few weeks. The solar panels are destined for the Clare Solar Farm near Ayr and the Kidston Solar Project northw...

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Seagrass Recovery in Cleveland Bay is great news for dugongs and fishers

31st May 2017

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) and James Cook University (JCU) have released the 2016 Annual Seagrass Health Survey carried out in Cleveland Bay.The survey, commissioned annually by POTL since 2007, is carried out by JCU’s Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATE...

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Cruising from Townsville a reality in 2018

19th May 2017

P&O Cruises Australia has announced that the Pacific Eden will complete partial ship turnarounds at the Townsville Port next year. That means for the first time in the Townsville Port's history, North Queenslanders will be able to board a cruise in Townsville. Port of Townsville Limited CEO Rane...

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