$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 September on a heavy-lift vessel and was unloaded to the Berth 10 backing land, prior to being transferred by barge to its destination.
Port of Townsville constructed a purpose-built roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) facility at the end section of Berth 10 for the transfer of the huge cargo, which was moved in in sections on barge by Pacific Marine Group to Abbot Point.
Port of Townsville Limited General Manager Business Development Claudia Brumme-Smith said that the construction of the new ro-ro facility and the movement of such large pieces of cargo was a first for Townsville Port.
“Port of Townsville and key stakeholders have been preparing for the movement of this cargo for nearly 12 months,” said Ms Brumme-Smith.
“The construction of a ro-ro facility at the end of Berth 10 means that our port can now facilitate the movement of huge pieces of project cargo into Northern Australia without having to engage the entire commercial section of the wharf.”
“That means a trade vessel can use Berth 10 to load/unload cargo, while the ro-ro section can operate independently; it’s almost like adding another berth to Port of Townsville’s capability.”
“It gives Port of Townsville more capability to service new and expanding mine projects in Northern Australia.”
“This type of large cargo being moved by sea also means less trucking and traffic on the Bruce Highway.”
“In addition to these new handling facilities, we expect to be able to accept larger vessels by the year 2021, following the announcement of an approval last week by the Queensland Government of the Townsville Port Expansion Project EIS; and a decision from the Federal regulator due by 24 October.”
Pacific Marine Group Business Development Manager Steve Jones said that the new ro-ro facility worked very well.
“The Adani Stacker Reclaimer movement went well and the Roll-on/Roll-Off will be a great asset to the port for future barge loading and unloading of oversized cargo items. We look forward to using it more for future Adani oversized cargo deliveries,” said Mr Jones.