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Port of Townsville is attracting a record number of containerised cargo movements, boosting the North Queensland economy.

More than 65,000 container movements have been recorded so far this financial year, already up several thousand on the 2014/2015 Port of Townsville record of 62,512 containers.

An estimated 80,000 containers are expected to be imported and exported by 30 June 2018, an increase of about 60 per cent on the previous financial year.

There is the potential to top the 2014/15 record by about 20,000 boxes.

"NSS is the incumbent service provider for the major container shipping lines calling the Port of Townsville and through our investment in our people and equipment we are able to provide an efficient and cost effective service which has been pivotal in developing this trade through the region," NSS general manager David King said.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the region had weathered
difficult times and was starting to see signs of a recovery.

“We are fortunate to have four shipping lines servicing the Port of Townsville in the container trade including ANL, Swire Shipping, Mariana Express Lines.  This means more services, better frequency and more competition on freight pricing for regional businesses,” he said.

Bumper run continues for container cargo
NSS Townsville has conducted its first container vessel operation on Berth 4 since the $40 million upgrade completed earlier this year.

NSS deployed its two Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes (LHM 420 and LHM 550) to carry out a circa 1100-container exchange on the MV Kota Naga (owned by Mariana Express Lines).

It was the first ever container vessel in the port to be serviced by two mobile harbour cranes simultaneously.

"NSS’s investment in shore cranes in the Port of Townsville has provided the shipping lines calling the port with efficient and cost-effective stevedoring solutions," general manager David King said.

"Furthermore, the dual gang operation using two shore cranes simultaneously minimises the vessel’s time alongside the berth and reduces their in-port costs significantly.

"NSS’s cranes give our customers great confidence in the Port of Townsville’s capabilities, which creates significant flow-on effects throughout the region."

Double milestone at Townsville
New Century Resources has successfully completed a share placement to raise about $40 million towards the restart of operations at the Century zinc mine in the lower Gulf.

The company says its offer was significantly oversubscribed, with strong support from major institutional investors.

“This successful placement puts New Century in a very strong financial position and allows us to progress the restart and ramp-up of the Century Zinc Mine and deliver on our strategy to become a globally significant zinc producer in 2018,”
managing director Patrick Walta said.

The company says it is on track to begin producing in the third quarter of this year, at an initial processing capacity of 8Mtpa.

A restart feasibility study into the planned tailings reprocessing placed the initial start-up cost at $62.5 million.

Once in production, the company plans to invest a further $63 million over a 15-month period to ramp up to 15Mtpa.

The company is undertaking an expansion prefeasibility study, looking at the potential to mine other mineral resources on the lease in addition to the tailings reprocessing activities.

Splash of cash for New Century coffers
CPB Contractors is due to start construction in June on the Mater Hospital’s $52 million Stage One Pimlico development.

The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs, with CPB committing to using 80 percent local contractors.

Mater chairman Patrick Brady said the redevelopment had involved many years of detailed planning.

``A project of this size not only delivers increased health services it creates a boost to the local economy through construction jobs and increased  employment opportunities in the health care sector,’’ he said.

Mr Brady said CPB Contractors had constructed some of Australia’s newest and most important health facilities, including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.

``CPB Contractors not only had the construction track record and expertise they are also committed to using 80 percent local contractors,” Mr Brady said.

The Stage One development will include a dedicated new entry to the hospital, new medical imaging facilities, an expanded day surgery and an additional four operating theatres integrated into the hospital’s Lothair St wing.

Preliminary work on the site began this week (April 26) with Ergon Energy removing power poles and lights.

More enabling work on the site will be undertaken in the coming weeks ahead of the June construction start.
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has acknowledged the efforts of eight former employees and board members, through the official naming of Port of Gladstone roads.

John Bates, Noel Bowley, Ian Brusasco, Ian Drury, Graham Fenton, Les Jones, Christine Mossman (nee Martin) and Bernie Muir will now feature on signage and maps at Fisherman’s Landing, Gladstone Marina and Port Central.

GPC chief executive officer Peter O’Sullivan said the eight former employees and board members all made significant contributions to the corporation’s operations.

“These talented and dedicated individuals recognised the importance and potential of GPC, its ports and its people,” Mr O’Sullivan said. “It is fitting to acknowledge their commitment with a lasting legacy that GPC employees are reminded of every day.”

The road names now in effect include:
Fisherman’s Landing
Graham Fenton Drive
Ian Drury Drive
Noel Bowley Way
Bernie Muir Esplanade
Gladstone Marina
Ian Brusasco Drive
Christine Martin Place
Port Central
John Bates Drive
Les Jones Avenue
Signs of the times
Iplex Australia says it will start manufacturing glass reinforced polyester (GRP) pipe fittings in Townsville and reopen its polyethylene (PE) pipe plant in the city on the back of council water infrastructure commitments.

The company has been awarded the contract to supply pipe for Stage 1 of the Townsville City Council’s Haughton Pipeline Duplication project after a competitive tender process.

Iplex Australia general manager Nicole Sumich said the company was delighted to partner with the council and local contractors to help guarantee Townsville’s future water security and boost local employment.

“The FLOWTITE® GRP pipe and fittings technology we will be using for this project is supplied by our partner RPC Pipe Systems (RPC PS), and provides a sophisticated solution,” she said.

“It has been in use for over 40 years and manufactured at their Adelaide site since 2007, but is relatively new technology for Townsville and North Queensland.

“This technology is lightweight, safe, easy and fast to install, and will deliver meaningful installation and running cost savings over the life of the project, in addition to being the best value for money choice.”

Ms Sumich said up to 20 people would be employed locally to manufacture the GRP fittings, as well as additional project management personnel.

“In addition to being awarded this tender, and off the back of increased demand for polyethylene (PE) pipe products in north Queensland, we are today announcing we will also be reopening our Townsville PE plant,” she said.

“This will provide employment for up to a further 16 people, who will help us make high-quality, reliable piping for use in a broader range of commercial and infrastructure projects across the region.

“The water pipe project and PE plant reopening combined will also stimulate further indirect employment of between 15 and 20 local people.”

Industry briefing next week

Townsville City Council plans to host another industry information session on the new water pipeline project on Friday, May 4.

Mayor Jenny Hill said this would demonstrate to local firms how to get involved in the project.

“Council awarded the tender for the supply of pipe for the 36.5km pipeline this week, but many more local companies – and workers – will be needed to ensure this crucial infrastructure is delivered,” Cr Hill said.

“The pipeline will need all sorts of workers including surveyors, civil engineers, truck drivers and labourers – just to name a few.

“There’s plenty of work available on the pipeline and we want to create as many jobs as possible for locals.

“Anyone with a small to medium-sized business should come along to the information session on Friday to find out how they can be a part of the project.”

The information session will be held at the Mayoral Reception Room at 103 Walker St. Doors open at 8.45am for a 9am start. The event is expected to conclude at 11am.

To express interest in attending, RSVP to [email protected] with the subject title “HPDP – Local Industry Information Session” and  provide details about your company and who will be attending.

RSVPs close 3pm, Wednesday, May 2. For more information call 13 48 10.

Iplex Townsville manufacturing plans