Gladstone coal terminal hits the Big Four-O
Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen and BHP chairman Sir James McNeill officially opened the Gladstone Ports Corporation facility on May 7, 1980.
What was then known as the Clinton Coal Facility had already seen its first shipment leave the wharf, just over two weeks prior to the official opening.
“The first shipment was loaded on Sunday April 20 1980, aboard the MV Iron Capricorn who sailed with 26,196 tonnes destined for Port Pirie in South Australia,”GPC acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said.
“It was later, in 1994, that the terminal was named after the much-loved and respected Mr Reg Tanna, for his outstanding visionary leadership.
“Reg was integral in the establishment and expansion of the facility and in the planning and execution of the harbour deepening project, which dramatically increased our exporting capacity, opening up Gladstone to the world.”
Bulk handling manager Robert Torrisi said RG Tanna Coal Terminal had seen major growth since its inception in 1980, with a complement of 84 stockpiles, 23 D11 dozers and a four-berth wharf.
“With such a significant milestone it’s a shame we can’t celebrate in person how we would have liked, especially with our retirees but know we are thinking of them,” he said.
“They are not only the backbone of the organisation and key to our success to date, but they have some fantastic stories of stubbies and singlets on the wharf, or as I heard last week fishing during vessel movements!
“Our role to play now is to keep up the good work of those who came before us and continue as the best coal blending facility.”
GPC celebrated 106 years of operation in March 2020, managing and operating the Port of Gladstone, the Port of Rockhampton and the Port of Bundaberg.