Port of Townsville’s New Facility Becomes Operational

Australia’s Port of Townsville has opened an AUD 85 million (USD 66.97 million) Berth 8 facility, delivering two-and-a-half times more shiploading capacity, greater berth efficiency and important improvements in the Port of Townsville environmental performance.

This AUD 85 million facility was jointly funded by the Port of Townsville, a commodity trading and mining company Glencore, and an explosives and fertilisers producer Incitec Pivot.

“Glencore’s operations at the Port of Townsville include fully enclosed facilities – such as covered train wagons, fully sealed storage sheds, and enclosed conveyor systems”, Glencore’s Port Manager Greg O’Shea said.

At a state level, Glencore’s port operations are part of an integrated network of assets across the copper and zinc businesses, which together contributed more than AUD 4 billion to the Queensland economy in 2014.

“We explore, mine, process, transport, store and export copper and zinc-lead-silver commodities from our operations across Queensland to the rest of the world. In 2014 we loaded approximately 1.75 million tonnes of product for export, including our own and third party products destined for export markets such as Europe, Asia and North America”, O’Shea added.

Glencore is one of the port’s oldest and largest customers, with its history dating back to the establishment of Mount Isa Mines over 90 years ago.

World Maritime News Staff; Image: Department of Transport and Main Roads

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