Channel Upgrade Overview
The Channel Upgrade will be delivered over a period of six years from 2018 to 2023. Under the delivery schedule, it will create 120 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs in Townsville during construction and support 245 FTE jobs in Queensland.
The Townsville Port Channel Upgrade is a joint project of the Queensland and Australian Governments and Port of Townsville Limited. The Channel Upgrade forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
Several principles were established to guide the procurement and delivery methodology for the project including:
- Minimise disruption to commercial shipping in the channel and harbour
- Maximise flexibility of works delivery for weather events (eg. cyclones) over the duration of construction
- Ensure construction works are aligned with environmental approvals and conditions across the Port Expansion Project
- Maximise whole of life asset cost
The Channel Upgrade project will take about five years in total. The first year will be preparation works, followed by rock supply and construction of the rock wall. Capital dredging for channel widening and filling of the reclamation area will complete the project.