New $4.5m port facility open for business
Up to 20 triple road trains can assemble just outside the main gates on Benwell Rd at any one time on the purpose-built 13,000sq m combined truck-trailer lay-up area.
Local company RMS Engineering and Construction undertook the construction works, which generated 16 full-time jobs and provided employment for local tradies.
Queensland Trucking Association chief executive officer Gary Mahon said he was pleased the port was providing a welcoming place for truck drivers where they could safely wait while vessels were loading.
“This development will increase productivity and provide comforts to truck drivers who have been essential in keeping Queensland moving and industries operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Port of Townsville acting chief infrastructure officer Anton van Staden said the new truck staging area would reduce congestion on port roads, to improve efficiencies with increasing trade and cargo.
“Around 300,000 truck movements are recorded at the port each year, with much of the cargo handled through the port transported via road. During vessel loading trucks have queued along port roads for extended periods, disrupting traffic and posing potential safety risks,” he said.
“This new truck staging area will significantly reduce congestion, thereby improving safety and the ease of cargo movements.’’
The area, which is in the process of being landscaped, caters for the breakdown and reassembly of road trains as required.
Only port authorised trucks will be allowed to access the facility, which includes lighting and surveillance cameras monitored by port security.
IMAGE: RMS Engineering and Construction managing director Richard McDonald with Queensland Trucking Association North Queensland delegate Frances Schafer at the opening.
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