Port of Townsville

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FORUM MAGNETIC ISLAND

Saturday 16 September, 10am to 2pm

Amaroo on Mandalay, 79 Mandalay Avenue, Picnic Bay

Find out more and have the opportunity to discuss:

  • An overview of the Port Expansion Project
  • Shipping industry requirements and the need for channel widening
  • The booming cruise ship industry and tourism opportunities for Magnetic Island post-channel widening
  • Navigational safety requirements of shipping in Townsville
  • An overview of the Business Case for Channel Widening
  • Dredge material placement – key considerations and future options
RSVP’s essential to [email protected] or by phoning 07 4781 1551

THE PORT OF TOWNSVILLE IS A VITAL AND STRATEGIC TRADING PORT FOR QUEENSLAND AND
PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE LOCAL, REGIONAL AND STATE ECONOMY.

Handling more than 30 different cargo types, the Port of Townsville is the largest general cargo and container port in Northern Australia, and the country’s number one exporter of zinc, lead, sugar, fertilizer and molasses. During 2015/2016 more than $10 billion in cargo value moved through the Townsville Port.

 

Townsville is the international freight gateway for the largest population centre in Northern Australia; facilitating the import of essential everyday goods to more than 700,000 people as well as the export of minerals, agricultural products and general cargo to more than 240 countries across the globe.

 

Industries which rely on the Port of Townsville directly support approximately 9000 jobs.

 

Trade volumes through the Port of Townsville are expected to treble over the next 30 years as Northern Australia is developed to its full potential. Particularly strong growth is ancitipated in containerised and general cargo. In addition to this, modern vessels are increasing in build size each year, therefore the Port of Townsville needs to widen and deepen its channel (access point) and build more berths to ensure its long term future and competitiveness in the global market.

WHY DOES THE CHANNEL NEED TO BE BIGGER?

Since 1974 the Port of Townsville’s entrance channel has measured 11.7 metres deep and 92 metres wide on average, making it around half the size of most other comparable ports around Australia. The first works for this project are widening the channel to improve access for longer and broader vessels.

 

Due to the existing size of the channel, the Townsville Port is limited to accepting ships up to 238 metres in length. This means that some vessels cannot access our port, and trade bypasses Townsville and heads to other Australian ports.

the cargo being imported is destined for North Queensland, it must then be transported back to our region via road or rail transport.

 

The size of cruise vessels sailing the globe are also increasing each year, which means that over the next few years we will see a decline in the percentage of vessels that can access Townsville, unless we improve its accessibility.

 

Increasing the width and depth of the channel will allow Townsville to compete as a truly global port, and enable it to attract larger vessels carrying more cargo, as well as larger cruise ships.

 

Larger ships (especially container vessels) create better economies of scale, which will ultimately make it cheaper to import and exports goods out of Northern Australia.

Container Ship Length

MORE BERTHS

 

The Port of Townsville currently has eight operational berths.

 

Projected increases in volumes of commercial shipping, military vessels and cruise ships will drive the requirement for new berths beyond the year 2020.

 

The time it takes to obtain development approvals and undertake development of port infrastructure to cater for trades is very long – in fact this can take up to 10 years. Therefore it’s vital that the Port of Townsville seeks approvals now for planned needs over the next decade, to ensure it is ready to accommodate future investors and trade partners.

Port Expansion Project
Port Expansion Project
Port Expansion Project

WHAT WORKS ARE INVOLVED AND WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?

Port of Townsville Limited submitted an Additional Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) to regulatory authorities in October 2016 for approval of the Townsville Port Expansion Project which includes channel works and berth construction. When approvals are received, it is anticipated that the project will take place in three stages. Construction works are dependent on completion of funding arrangements related to demand. Initial works, to widen the channels, could commence by late 2017.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

The Project will be carried out under the guidance of an Oversight Panel as well as Environmental Management Plans (EMP) which set out strict controls and safeguards to protect local port communities along with the natural land and marine environments. It considers matters such as flora and fauna, noise and vibration, marine ecology, visual amenity and waste management. The appropriate permits and approvals will govern channel capacity improvements.

HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY BE KEPT INFORMED?

A community-led Stakeholder Engagement Committee will be formed (once approvals are received) as part of the Port Expansion Project framework. This group will meet quarterly to receive project updates and provide input from our most important stakeholder, the community of Townsville. Quarterly project updates will also be published on our website and social media channels, and the Townsville Port Community e-Newsletter.

PROJECT STAGES

Port Expansion Project

STAGE 1

CHANNEL WIDENING

Widening of the channel from 92 metres to 135 metres (at entrance) to 180 m at entrance to 135 m for Platypus Channel tapering to 120 m at sea channel. Dredge material will be beneficially re-used and placed in the Port’s new reclamation area. Includes construction of Berth 12.

Port Expansion Project

STAGE 2

SWING BASIN AND BERTHS

Construction of up to three berths.
Swing basin construction in the Outer Harbour.

Port Expansion Project

STAGE 3

SWING BASIN AND BERTHS

Construction of up to two berths.
Deepening of the channel.

TIMEFRAME:

Start 2017 – estimated completion in 2022

Project value:

Approximately $520 million over five years

Jobs created:

Approximately 175

TIMEFRAME:

Five years from commencement

Project value:

Approximately $500 million

Jobs created:

Approximately 200

TIMEFRAME:

Five years from commencement

Project value:

Approximately $500 million

Jobs created:

Approximately 200

Port of Townsville