DECEMBER 2013 News from Port of Townsville Limited
LOCAL BUSINESS SECURES MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR CONTRACT
TRADE TEAM LOOK TO BUILD INDONESIAN LINKS
WHARF 10 WELCOMES U.S. AIDS RELIEF EFFORTS
NQ INSPIRATION QUAY TO DESIGN SUCCESS
PORT GOES PINK FOR LOCAL BREAST CANCER SERVICES 05 STUDENTS GAIN ENGINEERING INSIGHTS
A collage of the community day; crowds move between the various displays, the Royal Australian Navy puts on a great show, and the Australian flag flying proudly aboard HMAS Benalla.
TOWNSVILLE TURNS OUT FOR COMMUNITY DAY NEARLY 9000 people descended on Quayside Terminal and Wharf 10 to celebrate its opening in October.
From the port’s perspective, it was fantastic to have so many Townsvillians along inside the gates to see what we do and how it works with tourism and Defence sectors.
HMAS Leeuwin, HMAS Broome, HMAS Benalla and HMAS Shepparton providing a stunning backdrop, the wharf area was bursting with rides, entertainment, interactive port and defence displays, and the terminal was filled with exhibitors to ensure the day offered something for the young and the young at heart.
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If you missed out on the community day but would like to learn more about the port there is no need to fret – the Corporation holds free tours for school and community groups on request. Just ring 4781 1500 during business hours. We also hold large-scale bus tours of the port area twice yearly, the next of which will be in May 2014.
Part of the heavy-lift works to position a section of the conveyor system.
LOCAL BUSINESS SECURES MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR CONTRACT SOMETIMES it’s easy to take for granted the community benefit of having a globally -competitive local port. Some advantages, like access to cheaper fuel for your car, are every day and overlooked. But others, such as Mineforce Australia’s role as principal contractor for the construction of a new shiploader on Berth 8, are much harder to miss. Glencore Port Operations tasked the Bohle-based business with the majority of the fabrication and site installation works for the project that will see Glencore’s mineral concentrates and Incitec Pivot Limited’s fertiliser export activities relocate from an ageing Berth 7. The upgraded Berth 8 will deliver 2.5 times the shiploading capacity of Berth 7, along with bestpractice environmental management in areas such as water discharge capture and treatment and dust suppression. It’s a big job with a big $41 million price tag – more than half of which will find its way into the coffers of North Queensland businesses – but Mineforce is proof that Townsville businesses are ready, willing, and able to do work of this scale. The berth is expected to be operational by April next year.
Other contracting work around the port: • Rosshaven Marine has been contracted to repair minor corrosion on the Townsville Marine Precinct sheet pile wall. The company has also taken the initiative to construct a caisson to block water entry and create a dry work area during all tides. • OB1 Constructions Pty Ltd has been busy undertaking concrete repairs on berths 1 and 9 and partial wrapping of the steel piles on Berth 3. Once Berth 3 is taken care of, berths 4 and 9 will get the same attention. • With more than 300,000 heavy vehicle movements a year, the port’s roads need a lot of TLC. Contractor RMS Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd is currently carrying out the 2013/14 Roadworks Upgrade program which is largely focused on Benwell Road and Hubert Street and designed to minimise any disruption to traffic flows. • Life & Rescue International has recently finished an upgrade to the port’s security network. This work involved the installation of 37 digital cameras across the port area including the Townsville Marine Precinct and Nexus Business Park.
IT’S A BIG JOB WITH A BIG $41 MILLION PRICE TAG MORE THAN HALF OF WHICH WILL FIND ITS WAY INTO THE COFFERS OF NORTH QUEENSLAND BUSINESSES Page
TRADE TEAM LOOK TO BUILD INDONESIAN LINKS SHOWCASING what the port and Townsville has to offer is a big part of what we do. October saw the JCU Asian Market Forum and a visit to the port by Indonesia’s Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema for a tour, briefing, and discussions on trade opportunities. Almost 1.8 million tonnes of goods – mostly imports – went to and from Townsville and Indonesian ports in 2012-2013 with opportunities for growth in general cargo and cattle trade. The visit of the Indonesian Ambassador follows a similar trade-centric visit by Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in June. PNG holds great opportunities for Townsville in the export of mining equipment and other general cargo.
WHARF 10 WELCOMES U.S. AIDS RELIEF EFFORTS
COMING CRUISE VISITS TO WHARF 10 Seabourn Odyssey 18 December 2013 Seven Seas Voyager 3 January 2014 Seven Seas Voyager 6 February 2014 Columbus 2 10 February 2014
USS Chosin makes for an impressive sight as the PB Towage tugs escort her into the harbour.
Seabourn Odyssey 4 March 2014 Black Watch 19 March 2014 Europa 16 April 2014
Port of Townsville acting CEO Ranee Crosby and Volendam captain Jeroen Baijens exchange plaques of welcome.
TOWNSVILLE’s new Wharf 10 has enjoyed a busy initiation, playing a role in the relief effort for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines and strengthening the city ’s friendship with the US Navy. The $85 million asset has welcomed eight Royal Australian Navy and allied military vessels and the cruise ship MS Volendam during its short redeveloped lifetime, complementing its regular use for car imports and general and project cargo. HMAS Tobruk recently
showcased the facility’s detailed design for amphibious operations when loading personnel, earthmoving and water purification equipment to join international aid organisations assist those affected by typhoon Haiyan. Earlier, the four day R&R visit in October by the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Chosin and its crew of 400 sailors presented a great opportunity for Townsville to show our American friends what North Queensland has to offer. The feedback from the ship was excellent and the port is continuing to work closely with the Defence and tourism sectors to market Townsville as a destination of choice.
NQ INSPIRATION QUAY TO DESIGN SUCCESS
QUAYSIDE Terminal can add award- winning to its long list of descriptors.
SHIPPING never stops but most of our port employees do get a bit of a break for Christmas.
Seymour Whyte Constructions recently won a national Master Builders award for its work to deliver the facility. The company fended off competition from builders around Australia to snare the award in the category of public buildings valued between $5 million and $10 million. With the architectural heavy-lifting done by Arkhefield, the brief for the building was for it to be bold, iconic and memorable, and designed to avoid being overshadowed by the bulk sugar terminals and conveyors in its backdrop.
FUNCTIONALLY, THE BUILDING ACTS AS A FLEXIBLE SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE CRUISE, MILITARY PERSONNEL, CONFERENCES, EXHIBITIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS.
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Port of Townsville Limited’s offices will be closed from midday on 20 December 2013 until 8am on 2 January 2014. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to the many successes of the port in 2013 and for helping us to bring in the goods North Queenslanders need and want every day of the year. We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season, and a prosperous New Year.
Those with a creative eye may see inspiration drawn from the structure of a palm frond, with the core design idea of the building being the floating, curved roof, finished externally in zinc and underneath in plywood. Steel roof beams float over the internal space creating a sense of enclosure and protection for the meet and greet area and the roof opens up to capture the views of Magnetic Island. The attraction was constructed using building materials specially procured to withstand Townsville’s tropical weather conditions and to work with the building’s unique aesthetic architecture.
SECRET SANTA FOR SAILORS AS PORT BUSINESSES SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER DISTANCE poses no obstacle to Christmas cheer at the Port of Townsville. Mission to Seafarers Townsville has set up a one-stop Christmas shop for crews of visiting vessels at its base of operations in the Port Control Building between berths 8 and 9.
The switch allows Bunnings Warehouse to streamline stock flow, get its products to customers more quickly and reduce transportation costs.
More than 20 ships are expected in port from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day and the Mission is preparing to distribute some 450 presents – mostly donated by BHP Billiton Cannington, Northern Stevedoring Services, PB Towage, and Glencore Port Operations – to the visiting sailors.
From a port perspective, the recognition of Townsville’s competitiveness by Bunnings adds another layer of legitimacy to our work to attract container trade for North Queensland and away from Brisbane.
Home is tens of thousands of kilometres away for some crew members and they would be lucky to spend one in five Christmases with their families so a bit of festive cheer goes a long way.
SHIP TO SHORE AS BUNNINGS GOES DIRECT LOCAL handymen can rest easy this wet season knowing their supply of DIY products is secure, with Bunnings Warehouse now directimporting through the Port of Townsville. Townsville has become a regional service hub for the home improvement and outdoor living retailer which will distribute its products throughout northern Queensland from the city.
The proud parents and one of their new chicks settled in the car park garden bed.
FEATHERED FRIENDS ADD TO PORT MENAGERIE
The port spends more than $300,000 a year maintaining its eight hectare environmental park and other green space to great affect with dozens of species found thriving in an otherwise industrial environment.
WE love a new addition to the family, especially one as cute and fluffy as this.
Along with more than 53 species of bird, you’ll find dolphins and turtles, giant trevally, groupers, the odd (juvenile) crocodile and lizards and snakes around the port area – the latter both a safety hazard and a sign of a healthy ecosystem.
Months of hissing at employees and visitors alike have paid dividend for mum and dad bush stone-curlew who have successfully hatched their latest brood in the gardens of the Corporation’s car park.
PORT GOES PINK CAMPAIGN RAISES $50,000 FOR LOCAL BREAST CANCER PROJECTS
Port infrastructure, including Quayside Terminal, the Control Tower, Glencore’s works and the Cement Australia tower were illuminated in pink light for the campaign.
TOWNSVILLE’s port community has raised an amazing $50,000 for local breast cancer support services through its October Port Goes Pink campaign. Customers, suppliers, and contractors paddled, swung, and ate during a series of events that benefited the Townsville Hospital Breast Care Nurses and Dragons Abreast Townsville. All of the money raised will stay in the Townsville Hospital and Health Service area and is going to have a big impact for both patients and their families throughout their breast cancer journey. In the case of the Townsville Hospital Breast Care Nurses it will allow the organisation to bolster and expand its programs and partnerships with other
support services like the Charters Towers Zonta Club, and in other cases keep programs going. Dragons Abreast Townsville meanwhile will use the funds to undertake boat repairs, pay for regatta travel and encourage new paddlers to get involved in fun, fitness, and friendship. Thank you to the many local businesses who discounted or donated their goods and services to keep campaign overheads low and maximise the yield for the charities. Page
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STUDENTS GAIN ENGINEERING INSIGHTS GIVING the next generation a taste of working life is something we try to do with regularity through internships and work experience. For the past five years Port of Townsville Limited has joined with the Engineering Link Group to bring Year 12 students from around North Queensland to James Cook University for a week of all things engineering. A highlight of the program is an interactive lecture from one
of the Corporation’s engineers that enables the youngsters to tackle some industry basics using interesting media. The port’s acting Manager Engineering Rob Henaway was this year’s guest lecturer and worked with the students to build a timber crane positioned on jelly ‘ground’ and required to lift a load without overturning or sinking. Thankfully (particularly given the many pieces of significant infrastructure at the port) Rob’s knowledge guided the students to the right bearing pressure calculations and the lift was a great success.
The moment of truth as the port’s acting Manager Engineering Robert Henaway tests the crane.
Berth 1 is the Port of Townsville’s dedicated bulk liquids wharf where fuel, oil, gas, bitumen, and sulphuric acid are imported for use around north and northwest Queensland. There are four types of fuel imported – diesel, unleaded, jet A-1 (commercial airlines and the ADF) and fuel oil for commercial heating. Here are the volumes for the three months from September:
DIESEL: 138,866 TONNES UNLEADED: 37,780 TONNES JET A-1: 22,433 TONNES FUEL OIL: 46,766 TONNES The conversion from tonnes to litres differs based on the density of the product. But using a fairly basic 1kg = 1L you are looking at 37,780,000 litres of unleaded petrol – or enough to fill the tanks of 686,909 cars!* *Based on an average 55L fuel tank.
The Port of Townsville’s Berth 1 in action
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