Port of Townsville - Client Advice - Queensland

Description

Why the Support is Provided?

Located 1,360 kilometres north of Brisbane on the east coast of Queensland, the Port of Townsville provides Australia and its international business partners with a world class gateway for trade and investment.

Handling more than 25 specialised cargoes over eight operational berths, the Port of Townsville is the primary sea link to the dynamic North Queensland region and the internationally recognised North West Minerals Province.

North Queensland has been among the fastest growing regional economies in Queensland, if not Australia, during the last 20 years, and boasts one of the most diverse regional commodity bases in the nation.

Townsville has meanwhile cemented its status as Australias largest regional city and has been flagged as Queenslands second capital; further augmenting its reputation as an attractive place to invest and do business.

This progress from strength to economic strength has been mirrored in trade performance, and a record 12.88 million tonnes of cargo passed over the Port of Townsville's wharves in 2011-2012.

The economic outlook for the future is even stronger, with trade volume anticipated to treble in the next 20 years if appropriate strategic planning and investment is undertaken.

Thats why there are a number of key projects, either underway or soon to come online, to ensure the Port of Townsville can handle any commodity now, and into the future.

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) administers the ports of Townsville and Lucinda.  Its vision is to be the leader in the provision of innovative, efficient and effective Port services.

What Support is Provided?

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) will give every assistance to businesses looking to utilise the facilities of the Port of Townsville. The Corporation is able to give advice and assistance to potential importers and exporters on the smooth carriage and transfer of the cargo via the Port.

The Port of Townsville has nine operational berths. They are:

Berth 1:

  • The berth pocket is 250m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 288m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is 11.9m (refer to MSQ website as subject to change);
  • A dedicated bulk liquids wharf used exclusively by tankers for bulk oil, gas, and sulphuric acid discharge;
  • Has dedicated fire fighting infrastructure capable of remote operation.

Berth 2:

  • The berth pocket is 281m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 238m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is 12m (refer to MSQ website as subject to change);
  • Used for unloading nickel ore via gantry crane into hoppers which feed a conveyor system that carries the ore to the load-out site;
  • The berth is leased to Xstrata who have licensed its use to Queensland Nickel;
  • The berth has a priority berthing arrangement with Queensland Nickel;
  • Bunkering is available.

Berth 3:

  • The berth pocket is 283m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 238m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is 11.9m (refer to MSQ website as subject to change);
  • The berth is leased to Xstrata, and is operated and controlled by Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) Pty Ltd;
  • Typical cargoes handled over this wharf include lead ingots, refined copper, nickel and zinc;
  • Also used for break bulk and containerised cargo, fertiliser imports and live cattle exports;
  • The berth is equipped with Portainer crane, Mobile Harbour crane and Rotainer box system;
  • The berth has a priority berthing arrangement with NSS;
  • Bunkering is available.

Berth 4:

  • The berth pocket is 220m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 185m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is 10.2m (refer to MSQ website as subject to change);
  • A multi-purpose wharf which can handle containerised cargo and break bulk cargo, and is equipped with pipelines (cement imports, molasses exports) and a landing pad to service stern angle ramp RO/RO vessels importing motor vehicles;
  • Also able to facilitate a Mobile Harbour crane and Rotainer box system;
  • Molasses pipeline to this berth is capable of loading up to 400 tonnes per hour;
  • The berth has a priority berthing arrangement with Queensland Cement for import of bulk cement.

Berth 7:

  • The berth pocket is 190m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 190m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is 10.3m (refer to MSQ website as subject to change);
  • Glencore operates a bulk shiploader for exporting mineral concentrates (at the rate of 1000 tonnes/hour) and fertiliser (at the rate of 1200 tonnes/hour);
  • The berth has a priority berthing arrangement with Glencore.

Berth 8:

  • The berth is currently undergoing reconstruction as part of the Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion with an estimated completion date of mid 2014;
  • Berth pocket with be 240m in length and will accommodate vessels up to 220m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is expected to be 13.5m;
  • The wharf's bulk shiploader will operate at an expected 3000 tonnes/hour.

Berth 9:

  • The berth pocket is 248m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 238m LOA;
  • Berth pocket draft limit is 11.6m (refer to MSQ website as subject to change);
  • The wharf is Australia's largest point of export of sugar and a priority berthing arrangement is in place with Queensland Sugar;
  • Equipped with a molasses pipeline;
  • Also used for break bulk and containerised trade and able to facilitate a Mobile Harbour crane and Rotainer box system;
  • The wharf's bulk shiploader operates at 2000 tonnes/hour;
  • Bunkering is available.

Berth 10:

  • The berth is currently undergoing a major construction upgrade as part of the Townsville Port Inner Harbour Expansion to accommodate cruise and military vessels with an estimated completion date of October 2013;
  • The berth pocket will be 320m in length and will accommodate vessels up to 270m LOA (300m by exception);
  • Berth pocket draft limit is expected to be 12.5m;
  • General cargo will also be handled through this berth which will have the capacity for large RO/RO vessels to unload project cargo and motor vehicles;
  • Bunkering will be available.

Berth 11:

  • The berth pocket is 240m in length and can accommodate vessels up to 225m LOA;
  • This berth pocket draft limit is 11.3m (refer MSQ website as subject to change);
  • Lead and zinc concentrates from BHP Billiton Cannington are exported over this berth;
  • The berth has a priority berthing arrangement with BHP Billiton Cannington.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

There are no specific eligibility criteria to access this service.

Fees

There are no fees to access this service.

Publications Details process

Publications Available:

A range of information brochures, including the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) Annual Report, can be accessed by visiting the Corporation's website at www.townsville port.com.au

Additional information

The Port of Townsville has facilities to handle all cargo types including:

  • bulk liquids
  • bulk solids
  • containers
  • break bulk
  • cruise and military vessels
  • roll-on/roll-off

Administering agency

Port of Townsville Limited

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Marketing and Customer Relations Officer

Port of Townsville Limited

Operating address: Benwell Road
Townsville
Queensland 4810
Mailing address: PO Box 1031
TOWNSVILLE
Queensland 4810
Phone: 07 4781 1551
Fax: 07 4781 1525