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Ports Australia has announced it has commissioned an extensive economic analysis into coastal shipping as the organisation looks to increase the role ports play in moving freight around the country.

Ports Australia chief executive officer Mike Gallacher told the Federal Government’s Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities on Thursday that Deloitte Access Economics would carry out an extensive review into coastal shipping.

Mr Gallacher said an expected dramatic increase in Australia’s population meant there was a greater urgency in correcting an imbalance which saw our ports currently moving just 15 per cent of freight around the country, compared to 56 per cent by rail and 29 per cent by road.

“For a maritime nation with over 70 ports strategically located right around our country, each with road and rail access, each with maritime-related industry nearby, in either a capital city or regional town . . . a continuation of this imbalance surely is not in our national interest,” Mr Gallacher told the committee.

“ . . . improved utilisation of our nation’s port structure and maritime network will add to the sustainability of (major) cities and also help to grow, in a sustainable way, existing regional towns and cities.”

Mr Gallacher said Australia’s ports would have a vital role to play in the future as the amount of freight needing transportation was expected to double over the next 20 years.

“Even with extra investment, Australian transport infrastructure will be hard pressed to meet this demand,” he said.

“Ports are the gateway for over 98 per cent of Australia's imports and exports, yet no strategic focus or funding is allocated towards improving the maritime network of this country to facilitate further economic growth and ensure the sustainability of our cities and regional centres.

“My members are confident that increased coastal shipping could go some way to (meeting) some challenges this committee is exploring.”

Mr Gallacher said Deloitte’s report was expected to take a number of months and would be the largest review of the shipping sector undertaken.

“Its objective is to seek out the data, in terms of the current state of coastal shipping, the maritime workforce and the barriers that prevent greater utilisation of the sector,” he said.

  “We are also interested to understand what needs to be done to create jobs in ports around the nation and the skills needed for the future.”

Ports Australia launches major review
Whitehaven Coal will take on Rio Tinto's 75 per cent interest in the Winchester South coal development project, 30km south-east of Moranbah, for $200 million.

Total consideration is comprised of $150 million payable to Rio Tinto by Whitehaven on the date of completion and a further unconditional payment of $50 million payable 12 months after the date of completion.

The news comes after an announcement this week that Glencore is buying Rio Tinto’s majority stake in the Hail Creek coal mine and adjacent coal resources, as well as its 71.2 per cent interest in the Valeria coal resource, for $2.2 billion (US$1.7 billion).

A separate process remains under way to sell Rio Tinto's interest in the Kestrel underground mine, the company’s remaining Australian coal asset.

Whitehaven Coal managing director and chief executive officer Paul Flynn described Winchester South as a significant strategic acquisition, offering an opportunity to develop and operate a high-quality, large scale coking coal mine in one of the world’s premier coking coal basins.

“Winchester South will form a key part of the company’s longer term growth plan and complements our Vickery project in the Gunnedah Basin as another high quality asset which will help Whitehaven respond to the strong and growing demand for premium coking coal that exists in Asian markets,” he said.

“Whitehaven generates the greatest value for shareholders where the company can deploy its full breadth of skills across approvals, construction and operations and the Winchester South project aligns perfectly with these strengths.”

The Scentre Group currently owns the remaining 25 per cent of Winchester South.

The project has a JORC resource of 356Mt and would produce coking coal and thermal coal products.

It would suit an open-cut mine and would potentially offer a 20 - 30 year mine life at a ROM production rate of 7.5Mtpa to 15.0Mtpa, although significant exploration potential remains.

Whitehaven to pay $200m for Qld coal project
The new Meteor Downs South mine, 45km south-east of Springsure, is expected to start sending coal to the Minerva rail load-out facility for transport to port within three weeks.

Minerva mine operator Sojitz Coal Mining is developing the thermal coal mine in joint venture with U&D Mining.

Sojitz Coal Mining managing director and chief executive officer Cameron Vorias said wet weather had delayed work on the site, however the team developing the box cut had reached coal last week.

"We are not mining coal at the moment, we are still developing the pit, but we have intersected coal," he said.

"Construction efforts are still ongoing for construction of the run-of-mine stockpile area and the commissioning of the road haulage facilities.

"As of last week, we've managed to secure a conditional approval for the use of the road from the Meteor Downs mine to the Minerva mine, so that was a fairly significant milestone to be completed.

"We are now waiting for the last of the development of the open cut and some further water management  structures to be built as well as finalisations of the ROM stockpile before coal is crushed and put on trucks for haulage to Minerva."

The truck and shovel operation is expected to produce about 500,000 tonnes per annum for the first two years, when Meteor Downs South will rely on road haulage to get its coal to the Minerva rail load-out facility for transport to Gladstone port.

This will be ramped up to 1.5Mtpa when its own rail load-out facility comes online.

New coal mine gears up for first shipment
A new $6.8 million dredging program is planned for the Port of Karumba to create a channel depth of 3.2m.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the investment followed the decision by New Century Resources to recommence shipping operations through Karumba from October this year.

“This will be a significant contributor to regional growth in the North West of the State,” Mr Bailey said.

“It is certainly being well received by the local council and port users who appreciate its importance to the economy of Karumba and the Gulf region more broadly.”

New Century Resources will provide a $2 million upfront contribution to the dredging, while Ports North will lend the remaining amount. This will be paid back by NCR on completion of the project.

The Karumba port channel was developed to facilitate the Century Mine operations in 1999.

The ongoing annual maintenance dredging of the channel was undertaken by the port owner and manager Ports North and the cost recovered from the Century Mine, until it suspended export operations through the port in 2016.

In 2016, the Palaszczuk Government funded a $1.7 million maintenance dredging campaign to ensure continued security of the cattle trade out of the port.

Since then, Ports North has been working with New Century Resources, who took over the Century mine and port facilities from MMG, to re-establish transhipment operations.

NCR’s projected annual export volume is 300,000 – 400,000 tonnes over an estimated mine life of 6.5 years.

Ports North chairman Russell Beer said the channel maintenance agreement with New Century was terrific news for the region’s port users, and for the economic sustainability of the Port of Karumba.

“The key now is for all regional stakeholders to take hold of this 6.5-year commitment by NCR and consolidate their industry well into the future,” he said.

Channel dredging at Karumba
Glencore has agreed to buy Rio Tinto’s majority stake in the Hail Creek coal mine and adjacent coal resources, as well as its 71.2 per cent interest in the Valeria coal resource, for $2.2 billion (US$1.7 billion).

The remaining 18 per cent of Hail Creek is currently owned by Nippon Steel Australia, Marubeni Coal, and Sumisho Coal Development.

Each joint venture partner has the right to sell its share to Glencore through a “tag-along” right, which could result in additional consideration of up to $441 million (US$340 million).

The Hail Creek mine is located 120km south-west of Mackay and in 2017 produced about 9.4 million tonnes of coal for export from the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.

The Valeria thermal coal deposit is located 265km west of Rockhampton and 67km south-east of Glencore’s Clermont coal operation.  It has JORC resources of 762 million tonnes.

Glencore’s coal business managed the production of more than 87 million tonnes of saleable coal last year from 17 operational mines in Queensland and New South Wales.

Glencore and Rio Tinto in  $2.2b coal deal
NSS Cairns operations have clocked up four major project cargo shipments in recent months.

They included the final shipment of wind turbine equipment for Ratch Australia's Mt Emerald Wind Farm, under construction on the Atherton Tableland.

This included 12 tower sections, 26 hubs, 26 Nacelles and 11 x 40ft containers. It followed another delivery in February of 48 tower sections for the project.

NSS Cairns also helped unload 63 break bulk packages for transportation to MSF Sugar's $75 million green power plant, being built at their Tablelands Mill. 

In January, NSS was assigned to lift and shift a new 58-tonne reef vessel arriving in Cairns aboard the heavy-lift ship BBC Alberta.

The Calypso XII  was 24.4m long, 9m wide and 7.2 m high.

(Image below - ducting for the MSF project). 

Major movements in Cairns