Cairns Port: a ma­jor cargo hub

The Australian Energy Review - - MT EMERALD WIND FARM -

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.

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