Port of Townsville Limited
The Port of Townsville Limited is a Government-Owned Corporation, and administers two ports in northern Queensland:
In 2010/11 the Corporation had a combined record trade throughput of 11.02 million tonnes (10.60 million tonnes for Townsville and 420 000 tonnes through Lucinda).
Port of Townsville
The Port of Townsville is situated east of Townsville’s city centre in the heart of tropical North Queensland. It lies between Ross River and Ross Creek.
The Port currently consists of eleven berths, which load and unload freight such as nickel ore, oil and petroleum products, fertiliser and general cargo.
Construction on the Berth 8 and 10 upgrade project is now underway.
The $85 million upgrade of Berth 10 will build Townsville’s first dedicated cruise ship terminal, and is jointly funded by State and Federal Government.
It will also rebuild and extend the existing berth — making it able to accommodate military, cruise and commercial shipping.
The upgraded Berth 10 will be an important station for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels, the first of which is due for commission in early 2014.
The $33 million Berth 8 upgrade involves the relocation of ship loading operations from Berth 7 to an upgraded Berth 8 with Xstrata to invest in a new shiploader and conveyors on the refurbished berth.
The Townsville Marine Precinct (TMP) was officially opened in November 2011. It is an 18 hectare purpose built development at the mouth of the Ross River. The TMP provides a dedicated facility for the local commercial fishing fleet, marine fabrication and repair industries, marine research facilities and other marine operators.
The $121 million TMP project was jointly funded by the Queensland Government and the Port of Townsville Limited.
Port of Lucinda
Situated about 100 km north of Townsville, the Port of Lucinda is dedicated to the export of raw sugar from the Ingham sugar-growing district.
It comprises on-shore sugar handling and storage facilities, and a single trestle jetty and conveyor running out to an off-shore berth and shiploader.