Stacker-reclaimer components worth $50 million and weighing about 2000 tonnes have been imported through Townsville to replace one of six machines at Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal.
The cargo 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,” Ms Brumme-Smith said.
“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.”
She said the port expected 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.