Cairns Port: a major cargo hub
FROM international tourism destinations to essential cargo imports and exports, the nine ports owned and managed by Ports North provide the full range of maritime services that underpin the Far North Queensland region. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Cairns Port is a thriving base for cruise ships, tour operators and superyachts. “But the port is more than just a pretty face,” Ports North chairman Russell Beer said. “We are cementing Cairns’ reputation as a major cargo hub after we secured some game-changing contracts during 2017.” These include the Rio Tinto Amrun bauxite mine project near Weipa, and the Ratch Australia Corporation’s Mount Emerald Wind Farm project. The Federal Government has also committed $24 million to revamp the Cairns Port marine industry precinct. An Environmental Impact Study for the Cairns Shipping Development Project – which would deepen and widen the shipping channel – is also currently being assessed. At the Port of Mourilyan a commercial agreement with United Petroleum has the potential to deliver a regional fuel importation, storage and distribution facility by 2020. “We are serious about growing our port capabilities,” Mr Beer said. “We want to secure an environmentally sustainable economic future for the region.”
Cairns Port is a proud service provider to Ratch Australia’s Mount Emerald Wind Farm.