Weighty washdown test run at Mackay
Washing down the five Caterpillar 789C haul trucks was the first use of the North Queensland Bulk Ports facility, which Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) operates.
The 2400sq m laydown and dual washdown facility, adjacent to an existing NSS washbay, allows the washing down and storage of imported goods subject to biosecurity controls.
“We hope this facility will give even more confidence to mining and agriculture machinery businesses interested in using the Port of Mackay to import goods from international origins,” North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin.
“This investment is also ensuring we’re staying on the front foot to protect the vital central Queensland agriculture industry from biosecurity risks.
“Thanks to NSS and CMX Global Logistics (on behalf of Emeco) we were able to test this infrastructure with the washing down of five Caterpillar 789C haul trucks, each weighing more than 115 tonnes.”
The trucks, previously utilised in the Bowen Basin, were on their way to Western Australia.
Mr Fertin said as a declared First Port of Entry, the Port of Mackay was certified to the highest standard of biosecurity controls.
“This ensures the streamlining of imports whilst upholding strong biosecurity controls and providing support for biosecurity officers from Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE),” he said.