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The first shipment of live cattle from northern Australia for the Chinese market left Townsville this week from Berth 3, managed by Northern Stevedoring Services.

It comes after animal health protocols with China were finalised alongside the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement.

Port of Townsville Limited acting chief executive officer Claudia Brumme-Smith said that the shipment represented a very exciting day for northern Australian agriculture exports.

“The Port of Townsville is Australia’s second largest export port for live cattle, facilitating the movement of more than 200,000 head over the past 12 months,” Ms Brumme-Smith said.

“The potential for growth in export numbers with the addition of the Chinese market cannot be understated.

“The development of a live cattle export supply chain from Townsville could be a real win for regional producers who can offer cattle which are suitable for the Chinese market.”

Ms Brumme-Smith said the port had undergone upgrades over the past few years to improve logistics infrastructure for cattle exporters, giving it the capacity to export up to one million head per year.

“The $40.7 million upgrades to Berth 4 will very soon give us extra capacity to accept these livex vessels, and the $193 million Channel Capacity Upgrade will ensure bigger ships can access our port by the year 2023,” she said.

China offers cattle export growth

Late last year, NSS was officially awarded the stevedoring, port logistics, storage, unpacking and transport work for more than 2000 containers of cargo relating to the Daydream and Hayman solar farm projects.

Edify Energy is developing the 150MWac and 50MWac capacity solar projects near Collinsville, with RCR Tomlinson in charge of construction and commissioning.

Due to the scale of the project, NSS and project partners Agility and RCR have secured a dedicated facility within the port area, allowing for the storage of more 8000sq m of palletised cargo.

NSS takes on large-scale solar cargo
Getting more freight off the roads is the quickest, simplest and cheapest way to improve their safety, says Ports Australia chief executive officer Mike Gallacher.

“Australia is an island nation with ports up and down our coastline connecting every major town and city to each other via the blue highway," he said.

“Our ports are there, they are connected and they are open for business and we need the government to see that and start using this country’s freight network effectively.

“Shipping is by far the most economical and environmentally sound way of moving freight. We have to start removing unnecessary truck movements off the roads that we all use and not rely simply on extra regulation and new technology.”

Mr Gallacher said shipping must be a central pillar of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy being developed by the government.

He was commenting after three fatal truck crashes within two days in New South Wales, leaving five people dead.

TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon called for action, saying truck drivers were under pressure to speed and work gruelling hours to meet unrealistic deadlines as those at the top of the supply chain squeezed operators.

The union pointed to the Senate committee approval last year of a report recommending that the Government facilitate industry talks to “establish an independent industry body which has the power to formulate, implement and enforce supply chain standards and accountability as well as sustainable, safe rates for the transport industry”.

Meanwhile the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) endorsed a six-point plan to enhance national heavy vehicle safety, proposed in a letter to the Prime Minister from Toll Group managing director Michael Byrne.

“The proposals contained in the plan are entirely consistent with longstanding ALC policy, and offer a clear pathway to delivering improved road safety, not only for heavy vehicles, but for all road users,” ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff said.

He said the Federal Government should immediately pursue a national operator licencing system.

“Similarly, moving to the mandatory use of telematics is another crucial step in enhancing the safety of heavy vehicles. Telematics devices will help identify those operators who are consistently and deliberately disregarding laws relating to speed, driver fatigue and vehicle load limits," Mr Kilgariff said.

Shipping holds key to safer roads
NSS this week commissioned its new Kalmar DCF 420-12 heavy forklift at its Townsville operation.

The brand new machine sports a 20’-40’ toplift container spreader and is capable of lifting up to 42 tonnes.

The 10.8 litre, six-cylinder engine generates more than 1800Nm of torque and effortlessly handles containers through NSS’s Berth 3 terminal.

Forklift boost for NSS fleet
Cobalt and nickel play Australian Mines plans to commission its demonstration-size processing plant in Perth this month after the installation of its autoclave over the Christmas period.

The plant is expected to begin processing ore previously delivered from trial mining at the Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in north Queensland within the next three weeks.

“With the autoclave in place, we look forward to producing commercial grade cobalt sulphate, nickel sulphate and scandium oxide, which will be delivered to the potential off-take partners on a priority basis in February,” Australian Mines managing director Benjamin Bell said.

“Following our oversubscribed capital raising late last year, we are fully-funded to complete our bankable feasibility study on Sconi and take that project through to a final investment decision, including a comprehensive program of ore processing through the demonstration plant to fine-tune the larger scale engineering studies.”

Australian Mines hopes to start construction at the Sconi project, about 200km north-west of Charters Towers, by the end of the year and is also developing the Flemington cobalt-scandium-nickel project in New South Wales.

Mr Bell said it was expected to cost about $500 million to bring Sconi into production, with an 18-month construction period.

Australian Mines says the company is attracting significant interest from battery makers as well as other international companies that operate in the energy and automotive sectors given the scale and advanced nature of its cobalt-nickel-scandium deposits.

Cobalt and nickel are key battery metals tipped to see heightened demand as the world shifts to low-emissions technology including electric vehicles and renewable energy sources supported by battery storage.

The company is undertaking a bankable feasibility study for its Sconi project, with supporting work including ongoing trial mining and the planned production of commercial-grade samples of cobalt sulphate, nickel sulphate and scandium oxide at the Perth demonstration plant.

Plant poised for Sconi ore trials

It secured $20 million in an oversubscribed share placement in November.
Mount Isa Mines is gearing up for a $30 million rebrick shutdown at the copper smelter from mid-March.

Four major vessels, including the primary Isasmelt furnace, will be completely stripped and relined with new, custom refractory bricks during the overhaul.

The company said major improvements to other critical pieces of smelter infrastructure would also be completed, including an upgrade of the smelter’s off-gas system.

The month-long overhaul project will see Mount Isa Mines bring in about 400 additional contractors and specialist workers to support its regular workforce.

The Glencore-owned Mount Isa copper smelter produces copper anode from material sourced from the company's Mount Isa and Ernest Henry Mining operations, as well as concentrate from other operators in the region through third-party processing agreements.

The Palaszczuk Government announced in late 2016 that it planned to provide a $15 million grant to support the rebricking project at the copper smelter, however Glencore is fully funding the work.

Copper smelter set for $30m overhaul