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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Port of Townsville announces $55m upgrade works

The Port of Townsville in northern Australia has announced a $55 million investment upgrade Berth 4 of the port and double capacity.

 “Townsville is northern Australia’s largest general cargo and container port,” Australian Ports Minister, Mark Bailey commented. 

“This $55 million investment will deliver economic benefits to Townsville and it demonstrates the need to keep vital assets such as this in public hands.”

The investment is expected to increase capacity by two million tonnes per year and will be used to develop a landside cargo handling area and enhance intermodal cargo transfer links by road and rail.

“The port is the major transport link for agriculture and resources commodities from northern Australia to Asia. This latest investment will help Townsville deliver frequent and direct services to international markets, providing our customers with reliable and efficient infrastructure to handle their cargo,” Ranee Crosby, chief executive of the Port of Townsville said, adding that the investement would make the port “even more efficient and competitive”.

The upgrade work at Berth 4 is designed to create a deeper draught and allow for Panamax-size 4,500 TEU vessels to dock. This is expected to deliver a 20% increase in total tonnage throughput.

A landside cargo handling area will also be built and the intermodal transfer of cargo for road and rail will be enhanced.

The Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland said the Berth 4 upgrade would create about 100 jobs during construction.

“It will provide jobs when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Coralee O’Rourke, Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland said.

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