Port boosts cargo han­dling mus­cle

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

A NEW cargo lay­down area has been es­tab­lished at the Port of Townsville to ser­vice grow­ing trades in ar­eas in­clud­ing im­ported mo­tor ve­hi­cles, pro­ject cargo, break bulk and gen­eral cargo.

The pro­ject, cost­ing about $ 1.73 mil­lion, was con­ducted by lo­cal con­trac­tors in­clud­ing Townsville builder A Gabrielli Con­struc­tions and quarry op­er­a­tor Hy- Tec and com­pleted in just six weeks.

It in­volved the trans­port and lay­ing of more than 60,000 tonnes of hard rock ma­te­ri­als sourced from Hy- Tec’s Cal­cium quarry west of Townsville.

Gabrielli projects man­ager Matt Devine said the work was welcome at a time when things were tight in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“It’s been a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to work with the port to show what we can of­fer,” Mr Devine said.

“We are very ap­pre­cia­tive to work on this pro­ject and to the port for its sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Port of Townsville gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture and plan­ning Kim Ge­bers said the pro­ject had been aimed at en­hanc­ing trade op­por­tu­ni­ties for the port but had also pro­vided much- needed work and jobs.

“Port of Townsville were able to sup­port lo­cal com­pa­nies and a num­ber of lo­cal jobs which saw be­tween 25 and 30 staff en­gaged in the pro­ject,” Mr Ge­bers said.

“We have seen lo­cal busi­nesses work­ing to­gether ex­tremely well to de­liver a value- for- money so­lu­tion for the port.

“The works used dif­fer­ing truck con­fig­u­ra­tions in­clud­ing triple road trains that moved be­tween the HyTec quarry near Cal­cium to the port via the Port Ac­cess Road.”

The lay­down area has been formed over about 3ha of re­claimed land.

Mr Ge­bers said it could be used for car­goes des­tined for mine de­vel­op­ments such as Adani’s $ 16 bil­lion Carmichael coal and rail pro­ject.

While it was dif­fi­cult to pre­dict when a start would be made to the Carmichael pro­ject, it would cer­tainly be wel­comed by the port, Mr Ge­bers said. “We are ready for it when it hap­pens.”

HEAVY LIFT­ING: The new lay­down area for mo­tor ve­hi­cles and pro­ject cargo at the Port of Townsville.

Townsville Port’s Kim Ge­bers with Matt Devine and Gareth Ver­non from A Gabrielli Con­struc­tions.

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