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Page last updated on 21-09-2021.
The Port of Townsville has invested $70 million over the past five years to upgrade facilities at Berth 4 to cater for an increase in containerised trade, which is expected to treble in coming decades.
In 2018, the Port of Townsville doubled the handling capacity of Berth 4 with a $40.7 million wharf upgrade.
The upgrade enabled the Port to move an additional 2 million tonnes of product each year.
The Berth can cater for larger container ships up to 8,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up from 2,500 TEUs.
Following the Berth 4 wharf upgrade, the Port constructed a strategic onsite crane and cargo terminal to create additional storage capacity for nearly 1,600 containers.
The terminal is constructed over 1.6 ha and features a quarantine-approved container wash bay, level road and rail crossing to allow direct access from the Berth 4 to the cargo terminal site.
The final component of the multi-user cargo handling facility was the installation of a new Liebherr Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore crane, which stands almost 100m high and has the capability to lift two 20-foot shipping containers at once equating 70 tonnes.
The $30 million Berth 4 Cargo Terminal and Ship to Shore Crane were officially commissioned on 29 July, 2021.
Truck Staging Area
As the Port of Townsville readies itself for substantial trade growth in coming decades, a new $4.5 million truck staging area is helping to reduce congestion and improve safety along Port access roads.
Up to 20 triple road trains can safely queue in the designated area just outside the entrance to the Port on Benwell Road after the facility was officially opened on 8 September, 2021.
The facility caters for the break down and re-assembling of road trains as required and provides comforts to truck drivers including new toilet facilities, landscaped outdoor rest area and lighting and security cameras.
Berth 10 Secondary Wharf
The Port of Townsville is positioning itself as an attractive option for car carriers servicing northern Australia with a $2.5 million extension of its Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) wharf on Berth 10.
Previously, the 55 metre wharf was too short to accommodate vessels wider than 38 metres, limiting access to a growing number of car carrier vessels which are getting larger. To accommodate larger ships, the Port of Townsville has recently doubled the length of the Berth 10 secondary wharf area to 110 metres.
About 15,000 cars are currently imported through the Port of Townsville each year, with larger carriers forced to by-pass Townsville in favour of southern ports able to accommodate them. The wharf expansion represents an opportunity to welcome larger vessels, increase car import numbers and pass on major supply chain savings to the people of northern Australia.
The Berth 10 wharf expansion was officially completed in October 2020.