Dredge vessel TSHD Brisbane (pictured) is set to begin maintenance dredging at the Port of Weipa on April 5.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) said the vessel would work within the port’s south channel and inner harbour between April 5 and 30.
NQBP acting chief executive officer Dr Rochelle Macdonald said maintenance dredging works were are an integral part of the port’s operations.
“NQBP manages the annual maintenance dredging program at the Port of Weipa - a program that has run for more than 30 years," Dr Macdonald said.
“Regular maintenance dredging ensures safe, navigable shipping depths for our port users. It’s undertaken by port authorities around the world and is critical for maintaining port infrastructure.
“While the maintenance dredging works are being completed, we urge local and visiting boaties to take extra care when on the water. The Brisbane, with support vessels Norfolk and Pacific Conquest, have restricted manoeuvring capability. So we urge people on the water to pay close attention to displayed warning flags and lights.”
The planned $583 million redevelopment of the Lindeman Island resort in the Whitsunday Islands has been given the green light, with approval of the project’s environmental impact statement.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the state’s independent Coordinator-General had approved the redevelopment project, expected to see the island regain its place as a premium eco-tourism resort after it was severely damaged during Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
During construction the White Horse Australia Lindeman development is expected to create 300 direct full-time equivalent jobs on average on Lindeman Island and up to 420 direct and indirect jobs in the broader Mackay region.
“The development includes 169 villas, 136 suites and 20 apartments across 5 and 6-star resorts and tourist villa precincts, together with restaurants, a golf course, airstrip and improved marine access with construction taking approximately three and a half years,” Mr Dick said.
“The completed resort is expected to generate $100 million annually to the Mackay region’s economy and will create 300 direct full-time equivalent jobs on average on Lindeman Island and up to 460 full-time equivalent direct and indirect ongoing jobs in the Mackay region."
The proponent says that construction is expected to commence in 2019.
Four areas totalling 1100sq km in the North West Minerals Province have been released via competitive tender as part of Queensland’s Annual Exploration Program.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the tender process would provide an opportunity for exploration companies to find minerals including copper, gold, lead, zinc and tech metals, in a region supported by modern rail, port and pipeline infrastructure as well as a skilled workforce.
Tenders will include a cash bid and any preferred tenderers selected will need to meet environmental, native title and land access requirements before commencing on-ground exploration. Tenders close on May 24.
Dr Lynham said green shoots continued to appear across the North West Minerals Province, including the recent opening of the Dugald River zinc mine and the re-opening of the Lady Loretta zinc mine.
“The Palaszczuk Government continues to support resources exploration and development in the North West Minerals Province by delivering a four-year, $27.125 million Strategic Resources Exploration Program under our strategic blueprint for the region,” Dr Lynham said.
“This program has already awarded $1.13 million in Collaborative Exploration Initiative grants to kick-start 12 exploration projects in the north-west.
NSS has given its Townsville capacity a lift with the addition of an LHM550 Liebherr mobile harbour crane.
The 440-tonne behemoth was relocated from NSS’s Gladstone operations onboard the AAL Newcastle.
The LHM550 is one of the largest mobile harbour cranes in Australia and is well suited to the diverse range of cargoes that NSS handles in Townsville.
It has a heavy lift capacity of up to 144 tonnes.
“The LHM550 raises the bar in terms of heaviest lift capacity of a single harbour crane in Townsville,” NSS general manager David King said.
“It exceeds our LHM420’s capacity of 124 tonnes, which was the highest lift capacity in the port until the 550’s arrival.” The two would be capable of lifting up to 200 tonnes in tandem configuration, he said. Container traffic is growing at Port of Townsville, with a 68 per cent increase recorded in the six months to January. The LHM550 will be used in Townsville to assist with that increased trade, and allow NSS to work multiple vessels on the combined quay line of berths 3 and 4 using multiple shore cranes for increased productivity.
“In conjunction with our existing shore cranes (LHM420 and Portainer Crane), the LHM550 will ensure increased efficiencies are delivered to our customers,” Mr King said.
The Port of Townsville's revamped Berth 4 container and general cargo facility was officially opened today after the completion of a $40.7 million upgrade.
The two-year project has doubled the capacity of Berth 4, allowing an additional 2 million tonnes of product per annum, and delivering a 20 per cent increase on current total port tonnage throughput capacity.
Port of Townsville chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said that the successful completion of the project by local company CivilPlus Constructions demonstrated the capacity for large projects to be carried out by local companies.
“It is wonderful to see the berth in use already, meaning more containers, cars and cattle are moving through the port,” Ms Crosby said.
“This latest investment is part of a program of works to ensure international shipping lines have reliable and efficient berth access, giving our customers efficient infrastructure to handle their cargoes.
“The next step will be a $27.3 million investment into state-of-the-art cranes and cargo handling infrastructure at Berth 4, which will commence this year.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the completed upgrade project generated 100 local jobs while the next phase, involving crane investment and cargo handling infrastructure, would generate 35 direct jobs during construction.
Image: The CivilPlus Constructions crew who delivered the project for the Port of Townsville. They are pictured with two commemorative plaques which will be mounted at Berth 4.