Solid trade results for Port of Mackay
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey made the announcement, with the port recording 3.17 million throughput tonnes in 2019-20, supporting jobs and industry in the region.
“COVID-19 has impacted global economies and Queensland hasn’t been immune,” Mr Bailey said.
“What we’ve seen at our ports, however, is that thanks to a strong health response we’ve been able to continue facilitating trade.
“And because Queensland continues to manage the health response, it means we are well placed to continue implementing our plan for economic recovery, which includes investing in Mackay and our ports.”
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said it had been an encouraging year for break bulk cargo at Mackay in particular, with strong appeal for agricultural and mining-related cargo.
“In 2019-20 we had 11 Roll-on-Roll off (RORO) vessels stop at the port. In total, 96,000 of throughput tonnes of break bulk cargo came through the port destined for both Central Queensland and beyond,” she said.
“This total is more than 30,000 tonnes up on the 2018-19 financial year. What is most encouraging, is the diversity we’re seeing in the type of cargo coming through the port from destinations including North America, Europe and across Australia.”
The 3.17 million tonnes is just shy of the 2012-13 record of 3.29 million tonnes. For petroleum, it was a record high year, with 1.67 million tonnes (two billion litres) of fuel trade facilitated through the port.
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