Every Challenge. Met.
Port of Melbourne Welcomes Patrick Crane Investment Full story page 10
Ship Loading - Unloading Equipment including Crane Loading Feature See Pages 10-20 Modern Technology to Boost PNG Ports Operations in Future Story - Page 18
National Oil Spill Exercise Story Pages 6-9
Creation of new shipping fairways off WA Coast
ECENTLY the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced the creation of a network of Shipping Fairways off the north-west coast of Australia designed to improve the safe movement of ships in the area and protect our precious marine environment.
We are also publishers of Australian Power & Energy News, Australia’s leading Power Industry newspaper
For busy shipping routes, it’s important we continue to increase navigational safety and reduce the risk of ship groundings and collisions.
We are also publishers of Australian Main Roads Construction News, Australia’s leading Road Construction newspaper
A collision in this area could potentially result in a loss of life or damage to our pristine marine environment.
With an expected doubling of shipping activity by 2020 we are planning for the future while protecting what we have today. Since 2007, we have expanded the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic
Above: Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Service (REEFVTS), established North East Shipping Management Group and proposed greater protections around Ningaloo Reef - all measures designed to provide a safe passage for ships and protect and preserve our precious marine environment. Vessels will begin to use the Shipping Fairways when electronic and paper navigational charts are progressively updated from August 2012 onwards.
REGISTER ON LINE FOR ALL FUTURE BI MONTHLY ISSUES If you wish to receive all future bi monthly issues of Australian Ports news FREE OF CHARGE, you must register your name and address details on line. Please go to our web site: www.austportsnews.com.au We also publishe to register
Head Office: 14 Merriman Court, PALMWOODS QLD 4555
For all editorial and general enquiries Phone: (07) 5478 9432 Fax: (07) 5445 9431 Email: email@example.com
All advertising enquiries: Tom Cook - (07) 5478 9432 Email Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Kane Gamble - (07) 5499 4441 Email Enquiries: email@example.com
©All content featured within, including all advertising and written material created by Australian Ports News for this publication is protected by copyright and cannot be used or reprinted without the express permission of Australian Ports News Pty Ltd
Editorial Contributions Port Authorities including all industries represented within Port Authorities, associated Associations and Organisations are invited to submit editorial, photo input highlighting Port expansions, new technology being introduced to Port precincts, purchases of major equipment to assist in port handling, new senior appointments, including all associated news matters related to the smooth and efficient operation of all Port precincts to appear in all future issues of the Australian Ports News, free of charge to allow and inform our Australasian readership. In the first instance, please contact the publisher, Tom Cook for further details on: (07) 5478 9432 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.austportsnews.com.au
Page 2 - Australian Ports News
ABN 81 149 194 909
Postal Address: PO Box 1176, MOOLOOLABA QLD 4557
That is exactly what the new network of Shipping Fairways will do. Together, they will reduce the risk of collision by directing large vessels such as bulk carriers and LNG ships into pre-defined routes to keep them clear of offshore infrastructure such as oil and gas rigs.
This announcement builds on this Government’s record of ensuring that the laws and other arrangements that protect Australia’s precious marine environment are up to date and remain in step with international developments.
AUSTRALIAN PORTS NEWS PTY LTD ACN 149 194 909
Commercial shipping is vital to our economy and with industrial and mining activity on the increase in Western Australia, so too is shipping.
The new Shipping Fairways are based on similar ship routeing arrangements in Australia and overseas that have proven successful in reducing the risk of collision.
In this issue: • Ports News
State-of-the-art Operations Centre for Port of Newcastle Page 4 Port Capacity Project gets underway Page 5 National Oil Spill Exercise Pages 6-9 Ship Loading-Unloading Equipment and Crane Loading Equipment Feature Pages 10-20 Ports News Works set to commence on $7 million Cruise & Antarctic Hub Page 21 Hydrographic Survey Feature Pages 22--25 MARINE GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS for Port Development and Maritime Engineering Investigations Page 22 Swathe Invests in the R2Sonic2024 Echo Sounder Page 24 The REAL DEAL in Hydrographic Surveing Page 25 Ports news Port Hedland Pilotage Services Setting the Benchmark - Port Hedland Pilots Gain ISPO Certification Page 26 Transcript of Doorstop Page 27 Ports News Page 28
Every Challenge. Met.
Designed. CertiďŹ ed. In Service. The challenge to balance the needs of the environment with the performance marine operators expect has been met by Cummins Quantum System engines. CertiďŹ ed to IMO Tier II and U.S. EPA Tier 2 emissions standards, the QSK engine family features proven technology with improved durability and reliability, plus full-authority electronics. Today, QSK19, QSK38, QSK50 and QSK60 engines are powering tugs, pilot boats, barges, crewboats and passenger vessels across the globe. For more information, visit our website at marine.cummins.com
Australian Ports News - Page 3
State-of-the-art Port Hedland Port Operations Centre 1 Million Tonnes on a for Port of Newcastle Single Tide T
HE Port Hedland Port Authority has achieved yet another significant milestone, by breaking the Port record for the number of vessels and weight of cargo on a single tide.
Above: NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay (right), and Chairman of Newcastle Port Corporation, Paul Jeans (centre), officially open the Port Centre while accompanied by Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen AM
SW Ports Minister Duncan Gay recently officially opened the Port of Newcastle’s new $3.5 million operations centre housing state-of-the-art maritime vessel tracking systems. “The Port of Newcastle is recognised as being the world’s largest coal export port and an economic driver for the Hunter Region,” Mr Gay said. “This modern building ensures Newcastle Port Corporation will maintain its operational excellence and be able to handle increasing exports and imports,” he said. “Newcastle Port Corporation just announced a record 12th consecutive trade record and about 4,150 vessel movements on an annual basis. “It is this type of momentum that deserves modern facilities for a highly competent and professional group of operational employees.” Member for Newcastle Tim Owen said the three-storey ‘Port Centre’ is built on the eastern side of the Pilot Station near the entrance to the Newcastle harbour. “The building has been designed to provide greater functionality for operational activities and houses a Vessel Traffic Information Centre, Marine Pilots’ office, Port Services offices, a training room, workshops and other facilities,” Mr Owen said. Construction started in 2011 and Vessel Traffic Information officers have been familiarising themselves with new equipment and systems to maintain 24 hour a day communication with vessels and port operators.
Above: Minister Duncan Gay “Newcastle Port Corporation has been increasing both employee numbers and facilities to handle the expanding trade through the port,” said Minister Gay. “The old operations centre was a two-storey building constructed in 1959. It underwent a number of modifications before no longer being capable of accommodating operational services required for a port the size of Newcastle.” The port’s 2011-12 trade throughput was 128.6 million tonnes, an increase of 13.6 million tonnes on the previous financial year. Increased trade was recorded for aluminium, coal, fuels, general and bulk cargoes, grains, mineral concentrates and steel products. Imports and exports are forecast to reach 250 million tonnes in more than 40 commodities by 2020.
Above: A bulk carrier at Port. (Photo courtesy of Port Hedland Port Authority “Through precise planning and outstanding execution by the whole operations team, the Port is pleased to announce that it has managed the departure of six vessels on a single tide (Monday 18 June 2012) for the first time in its history.” said PHPA Harbour Master, John Finch. With a combined total cargo of 1,040,062 tonnes, the Port has also beaten the previous port record for cargo shipped on a single tide (which was only set two weeks ago on the 4 June 2012) by 92,287 tonnes. Port Hedland Port Authority has its sights set on the future with its claim that the inner harbour has a throughput capacity of 500mtpa Achieving such tonnages will require multiple cape size ships sailing on every tide throughout the year. The Port Authority management working with the Ports Marine Pilots, Towage Service Providers, Shipping Schedulers and Vessel Traffic Officers has been refining processes and procedures over the past two years to increase safely the number of vessels able to sail on a single tide. The port now regularly achieves five tidally constrained ships sailing on a single tide with throughput tonnages approaching 1 million tonnes. “The proficiency of the Port’s world-class Pilots and towage service, as managed through the PHPA’s Marine Operations Team, has yet again demonstrated the ports excellent operational capability, and its capacity to rise to the challenge.” added Captain Finch.
Flinders Ports acquires sole ownership of the Adelaide Container Terminal
Above: The new $3.5 million Port Centre at the Port of Newcastle Page 4 - Australian Ports News
OUTH AUSTRALIA’s only container terminal, located at Outer Harbor in Adelaide’s north-west, is now under the sole control of Australia’s leading private port operator, Flinders Ports. Flinders Ports – which is the private operator of the Port of Adelaide and six other SA ports – announced it had purchased 60 per cent of the Adelaide Container Terminal business from DP World South Australia. Three years ago, Flinders Ports acquired a 40 per cent stake in the business, which handles 260,000 containers a year. The full ownership takes effect immediately, with the terminal business to be renamed Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal. “We are delighted with the acquisition as it now provides a seamless operation across the port and allows for integrated infrastructure planning,” Flinders Port Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Mr Vincent Tremaine, said. “In recent years, we have invested heavily in the container terminal, and the general surrounds. “In 2005, Flinders Ports joined forces with the State Government in a $45 million commitment to deepen the main shipping channel to give larger ships access to the container terminal. “We have also redeveloped the container terminal’s berth precinct, including extending its length so two of these larger vessels can berth concurrently. “And last year the terminal commissioned a new post panamax container crane to further improve the efficiencies of loading and unloading containers at the terminal.” Mr Tremaine said the financial details of the deal are confidential.
Port Capacity Project gets underway P
ORT of Melbourne Corporation’s (PoMC’s) $1.6 billion redevelopment of Webb Dock is advancing with the awarding of civil and maritime design contracts. The expansion of capacity at the Port of Melbourne, which is Australia’s largest container, automotive and general cargo port was announced by the Victorian Premier, Mr Ted Baillieu and the Minister for Ports, Dr Denis Napthine in April this year. PoMC Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Bradford, today announced the appointment of two consultants who will be responsible for the delivery of detailed designs for the project’s internal roads, services infrastructure, interface buffers and maritime engineering services. “This is an important first step in the redevelopment of Webb Dock which is the site for Melbourne’s third international container terminal and a new world class automotive facility”, Mr Bradford said. PoMC’s Expression of Interest and tender processes attracted an enormous amount of interest. Mr Bradford stated that the submissions received displayed a high level of technical expertise and demonstrated a strong competitive focus. The evaluation processes determined that the contract for civil engineering design services be awarded to Aurecon Australia Pty Limited. The scope of the civil works includes detail design of internal roads, interface buffers site preparation works and services infrastructure.
PoMC also advised the appointment of Arup Pty Limited to provide maritime engineering consulting services for the project’s extensive maritime works. The maritime program includes re-engineering the existing wharves at Webb Dock East, dredging and the design of a new 920 metre wharf for the port’s automotive trade which will be consolidated into a new world class facility at Webb Dock West. “Aurecon & Arup both have an excellent track record for designing and delivering large scale infrastructure with a focus on innovation and sustainability – their worldwide experience will help to create the innovative design outcomes we are seeking for Webb Dock” Mr Bradford said.