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NSS recently partnered up with SkyDronics to bring you a series of aerial drone videos of just some of the services we offer at NSS.

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Townsville-based operations manager Damien Scott has held multiple roles within NSS over the years as well as working in the intermodal rail industry.

"Logistics is a dynamic business and is heavily affected by market trends, therefore requires a lot of planning and forward thinking to remain competitive," he says of the sector's appeal. "It keeps the brain active."

Managing operations for NSS stevedoring and logistics businesses sees him cover an
 area spanning from Cairns to Gladstone, with more than 10 direct reports across five sites.

Mr Scott names his most interesting task recently as an emergency job to unpack more than 200 containers of bulk concentrate and re-pack within an extremely short time frame to meet a shipment deadline.

"My team delivered on time for the customer in extremely tough conditions," he said.

When he is not at work, Mr Scott likes to spend time with his family - wife Tavia and children Olivia, Aiden, Owan.

He enjoys watching sport, including his children's activities.

"I’m looking forward to picking up golf again when I get old enough and have time," he said.

The former Kirwan State High School student is a long-time North Queensland Cowboys fan.

"I followed them through the early years when they were getting regular floggings and it’s great to finally enjoy the regular success," he said.

Meet NSS operations manager Damien Scott
The NSS team carried out discharge operations around the clock last weekend when the MV Industrial Swift arrived at Port of Mackay carrying 2600 tonnes of rail line. Unloading for the Mackay portion of cargo (about 2000 tonnes) was completed on Monday. The balance of cargo was destined for Newcastle. "The rail line presented in various lengths, with the largest coming in at over 27m," NSS commercial manager Mitchell Smith said. "In order to handle the larger pieces and ensure stability whilst unloading, the vessel’s cranes were operated in tandem to provide full control of the cargo." NSS Mackay unloads tonnes of track
Cloncurry copper project proponent Altona Mining is merging with Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, with  Altona to become a wholly owned subsidiary of CMMC.

The Cloncurry project, 95km north-east of Mount Isa, has a measured and indicated mineral resource containing almost one million tonnes of copper and an inferred resource of  0.72 million tonnes of copper.

CMMC’s principal asset is the 75 per cent owned Copper Mountain Mine, located in southern British Columbia near the town of Princeton.

Directors and senior management of Altona have agreed to vote in favour of the deal in the absence of a superior proposal and subject to the independent expert concluding it is in the best interest of shareholders.

CMMC will acquire the entire issued capital of Altona, valuing Altona shares at 17 cents.

“We are delighted to join CMMC to form a new high growth copper producer," Altona managing director Dr Alistair Cowden said.

"We are excited to bring CMMC’s depth of experience in constructing and operating a large-scale open-pit copper mine to bear upon the Cloncurry copper project.

"Altona’s shareholders will receive a premium and will also gain immediate exposure to copper production just as copper prices have recovered and market shortfalls are predicted over the near term. This is a great opportunity for our shareholders to participate in the creation of a leading mid-sized copper producer.”

Merger for Cloncurry copper proponent
The start of work on the $215 million Haughton Pipeline project has been marked with a breaking ground ceremony attended by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.

Townsville City Council says the project, which includes 36km of 1.8m diameter pipeline between the Burdekin and the Ross River Dam, will be completed within 26 months.

The pipeline was funded by the Queensland Government, which provided $225 million to Townsville City Council to improve water security in Townsville – including $10 million for water education programs.

The Premier said Townsville needed a secure water supply to ensure the city kept growing.

“This new pipeline will not only guarantee Townsville’s water supply, it will also be a huge job-creating project," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Townsville Water general manager Scott Moorhead has pledged to work closely with local businesses to ensure they get the largest slice possible of the work on the project.

PHOTO: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill (front) mark the start of pipeline work with Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Townsville MP Scott Stewart and Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper.

Townsville pipeline project kicks off
Ratch Australia Corporation has erected the first wind turbine at the Mount Emerald Wind Farm on the Atherton Tableland, with three 57m-long blades set in place atop a 90m tower.

Ratch construction director Rene Kuypers said the milestone capped a huge team effort.

“From unloading the cargo at Cairns Port to carefully trucking the components up to Walkamin and now the crane crews erecting the components, it’s teamwork at its best,” he said.

Mr Kuypers said more than 400 construction crew had been inducted to work on the project to date, including 130 locals, while more than 20 suppliers had been contracted from the wider Cairns region.

More than 450 components will be delivered to site to complete the 53 wind turbines planned.

Each tower is made up of four separate sections and is anchored to an 800-tonne concrete and steel foundation using 168 36mm bolts.

Mount Emerald will be the biggest wind farm in Queensland, delivering in the order of 540,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy.

It is expected to be operational in September next year.

First turbine up at Mount Emerald
The Capricorn Copper mine in north-west Queensland has successfully produced its first copper concentrate and is now officially open for business.

Capricorn Copper chairman Owen Hegarty said completion of the mine’s refurbishment and restart project came at an ideal time, as the copper market strengthened.

“We have been confident in the fundamentals of copper throughout the project development phase and the timing for first concentrate is ideal,” Mr Hegarty said.

“The team has done a great job in delivering the project on time and on budget and now we are looking forward to running one of Australia’s most exciting copper projects."

The Capricorn Copper mine, formerly Mount Gordon, is located 125km north of Mount Isa in north-west Queensland.

Capricorn Copper’s board approved the capital program to commence the refurbishment and restart project in November 2016, following the completion of a detailed feasibility study, which outlined the optimal strategy to recommence operations on a sustainable basis.

The project created more than 350 full-time operational and construction jobs during this year.

Capricorn Copper is expected to maintain an operating workforce of about 220 full time employees in steady-state operations.

The operation is expected to produce about 30,000 tonnes per year of copper in a high grade and quality concentrate over an initial mine life of 10 years

It has a resource of more than 900,000 tonnes of copper metal, and strong exploration results expected to support a mine life beyond 10 years and potential for expansion

Managing director Carl Hallion said the team at Capricorn Copper had worked hard to build a high quality copper operation and was excited by the growth potential at the mine.

“This milestone lays the foundation for further growth and an exciting future as Australia’s newest copper producer and success story,” he said.

First concentrate from Capricorn Copper