Contract awarded in $30m Townsville cargo project
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the longstanding Townsville business was expected to create more than 40 jobs during construction of the new container terminal, which would substantially increase local logistics capability.
“With the volume of freight moving across Queensland expected to grow more than 20 per cent over the next decade, it’s critical we invest in port infrastructure which will accommodate this freight boom,” she said.
“Construction of the new container terminal behind Berth 4 will provide a substantial boost to northern Australia’s largest cargo port.”
Other major capacity-expanding projects at the port include construction of a $48 million intermodal facility, $193 million port channel upgrade and the completion of the $40 million Berth 4 upgrade.
Formset managing director Brent Zander said the construction of the Berth 4 cargo terminal area was expected to take up to 36 weeks to complete.
“Our family-owned company has just marked 50 years of business in Townsville, and we’re extremely proud that we have three generations involved. We have grown and established ourselves as a leading construction company, working on several large mining and infrastructure projects,” he said.
“We’ve been working with the Port for a long time, but this is the biggest project we have undertaken for the Port.”
Port of Townsville Infrastructure general manager Kim Gebers said the Berth 4 Crane and Cargo Terminal project provided the perfect example of ensuring the port’s core business remained strong and competitive.
“It is projected that the recently upgraded Berth 4, new ship-to-shore crane and Cargo Terminal Area will be capable of handling around 35,000 containers per annum, and around two million tonnes per annum of total cargo,” he said.
“That represents a 20 per cent increase on current capability, which is a fantastic outcome.”