Port of Mackay is set for $17 million in infrastructure projects over the next 12 months.
The projects include construction of a new tug berth facility; upgrades to Wharves 1 and 4; seawall repairs; and essential maintenance dredging – job-creating projects for the sugar city.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the projects would strengthen Mackay port’s capabilities to handle diversified trade.
“The Port of Mackay is a place of work for about 360 people each day and is also critical to around 1800 Queensland jobs in mining, agriculture and logistics and facilitates $1.6 billion of trade worldwide,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“A tug berth facility inside the port and the wharf works will drive efficiency for trade and position the port to continue to grow – whether for new breakbulk trade or existing commodities such as fuel, sugar and grain.”
NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said the group would also invest in upgrading the Hay Point administration building that houses Vessel Traffic Services.
“The tenders for these projects will be advertised on Q-Tenders and we will be looking to utilise the great local contractors and suppliers that we have in the Mackay region as much as possible,” he said.
Priority projects snapshot
New tug berth facility – Construction of a new purpose-built, tug facility inside the port for its critical towage operation. The facility will cater for the current fleet requirements and support future expansion.
Wharf 1 upgrade -This investment will improve infrastructure capability to handle extra-long (85m to 95m) cargoes. The work will extend Wharf 1 access bridge to enable trade of longer breakbulk material, for example rail projects.
Hay Point Administration Building Refurbishment / Upgrade – Essential refurbishment and upgrade of the interior fit-outs and utilities of the building.
Mackay maintenance dredging – Essential maintenance dredging is planned for up to 14 days at the Port of Mackay in late September/early October 2020.
Wharf 4 eastern access deck upgrade – Upgrade the Wharf 4 Eastern access deck to a custom steel deck increasing its width and capacity to accommodate over mass RoRo cargoes.
Western Revetment – Stabilisation works on a deteriorated sheet pile wall within the port area to improve safety. The works will involve placement of 15,000 tonnes of rock material sourced from local quarries to form a new revetment structure.