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Leading supply chain management provider, NSS, has cemented its position as Northern Queensland’s top stevedoring company after renewing its relationship with Mariana Express Lines through a new multi-year contract.

NSS was awarded the multi-million stevedoring, storage, transport and logistics contract for the international shipping line, which has a modern fleet of vessels and strong reputation for transport efficiency. Mariana Express Lines provides shipping services to importers and exporters in Townsville, Cairns, Darwin and northern Queensland.

The new contract will see the NSS team stevedore containers on the import-export chain from China and Southeast Asia. Materials handled by Mariana include containerised zinc metal from Sun Metals and containerised copper from Xstrata.

Mariana Shipping issued a comment saying that the company has established a strong working relationship with NSS, and that NSS’ reliability and flexibility established it as a standout against its competitors.

“We have worked with NSS for several years now and are pleased to advance our relationship with them,” the company said.

“After working closely with the NSS team, we have found them extremely capable and reliable, with fully-integrated logistics solutions from transport, packing, stevedoring and securing containers and project cargo.”

NSS business development manager Ross Grenside said he was pleased to begin the new partnership.

“We’re very proud to continue our long-term relationship with Mariana, which reflects strongly  their confidence in our professionalism and services,” he said.

“Mariana has been a trusted client of NSS for a few years now, so we are very pleased to continue and strengthen our working partnership with them.

“The new contract is testament to our commitment to customer service and firm focus on the provision of efficient stevedoring services from ship to shore, shore to door,” he added.
Regional Queensland’s largest supply chain management provider has strengthened its commitment to innovation and revolutionised stevedoring by adopting a new form of technology, Rotabox™.

NSS recently integrated operations with the award-winning lightweight container rotator technology, which is ideally suited to loading bulk products into geared vehicles, boosting efficiency in excess of 200 tonnes per hour, per hook.

“The Rotabox™ technology is a stand-out in terms of performance, sustainability and efficiency,” NSS general manager Chris Ullett said.

“Not only does the Rotabox™ reduce costs of transporting ocean-going cargo, but it also has positive environmental impacts.”

The vessel loading solution is pioneering in design, eliminating fugitive dust and product spillages while also minimising clean-up costs as well.

The Rotabox™ bulk loading system carries cargo in sealed containers from the mine site through to the vessel hold, with the lid of the specially designed containers lifted once it is low in the vessels hold.

It is capable of lifting a 31-tonne payload and works by loading small to medium-sized parcels into bulk or general cargo vessels, with a tipping frame that rotates the container and discharges bulk material into a ship’s hold.

Part of the technology also involves the use of a purpose-built half-height container to optimise material flow, while the light-weight container rotating frame is also used with ship or shore-based cranes.

Rotabox™ was developed to meet the requirements of companies seeking a low-cost and environmentally sustainable solution for mineral concentrates and ores.  It was also given the award for best dust control technology, application or practice at the Australia Bulk Handling Awards for providing effective control over dust from handling bulk materials.

Benefits include its simplicity in operations and maintenance, a decrease in product losses throughout the export and supply chains, environmental friendliness and lower operating costs.

Along with minimising product loss and degradation, multiple crane and Rotabox™ combinations also boost productivity, decreasing operating costs at the same time.

Leibherr Crane

The new NSS harbour crane takes shape at Port of Townsville. Photo: Roslyn Budd

Northern Stevedoring Services continues to invest in the future prosperity of the Port of Townsville, with a $5 million Leibherr 420 harbour crane now working at Berth Three.  

The purchase follows the completion of a $12 million bulk handling facility adjacent to the port earlier in the year.

The crane arrived by ship from Germany in pieces and took more than two weeks to unload, reassemble and commission for its new role at the port.

NSS commercial manager Ross Grenside said the Leibherr 420 had a lift capacity of 124 tonnes, a substantial increase of capability over the old harbour crane which had a maximum lift capacity of 80 tonnes.
Mr Grenside said the old crane would be retained for the time being as a back-up.

NSS customers can expect a 20 per cent lift in ship turnarounds, cutting about four hours off the usual day-long period while unloading.

“That represents a $4000 saving for our customers,” Mr Grenside said. “The diesel-powered Leibherr 420 is also much cheaper to run than the old crane.”

An added advantage of the Leibherr 420 is its boom reach of 44m, which allows it to load and unload larger vessels with a greater width more quickly.

Maintenance manager Jarrod Sawyer said the crane had a number of innovative features to increase efficiency and also enhance safety.

A Cycoptronic point-to-point system allows operators to program in the arc of the boom, which will automatically compensate for the forward momentum of the load.

A remote control system has also been fitted which allows an operator to control the crane from outside the cabin, which is 30m above the ground.

Mr Sawyer said this would be used for maintenance work, moving the crane to a new location and in the movement of large project cargo which has very little leeway when being lifted from the hold of a vessel.

The crane also features a twin-lift Bromma container spreader which allows for two containers to be unloaded simultaneously.

Mr Grenside said he had been speaking with port officials about spreading the word about the increased loading and unloading capacity at the Port of Townsville.

“We are speaking with shipping companies that operate vessels which don’t have onboard cranes to look at Townsville as a possible destination,” he said.

NSS builds crane with 124T lifting capacity

NSS Port of Townsville from Roslyn Budd on Vimeo.

The largest crane north of Gladstone was under construction at Townsville Port recently.

Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) are the team responsible for the assembly of the Liebherr LHM 420 Mobile Harbour Crane.

The timelapse video above shows the attachment of the tower to the slewing platform and undercarriage – a small part of the overall process.

The consultation process for the project began in July 2013 and final approval granted in February 2014.

The crane will be used for the loading and unloading of vessels with products such as containers, bulk products and concentrates with the Rota-box spreaders and grabs.

Students at Heatley Secondary College are about to embark on the journey of their lives. This July an enthusiastic group of ten students from Townsville are set to participate in a demanding three day bike tour which will take them across the terrain from Townsville to Cairns. This ambitious venture is kick-started by generous donations which will assist the school in acquiring much needed equipment, including 10 road bikes that will enable the selected 2012 students and future participants to contend in this annual event.

NSS regional Queensland’s premier stevedoring, transport and logistics provider is committed to the support of youths in local communities. Consequently NSS recognise that it is imperative to ensure that these ten students from Heatley Secondary College are given a fighting chance in training towards what looks to be no easy feat.

NSS has led the charge in getting the students on the road, donating a generous $1,500.00 to the cause. The company wishes to promote awareness amongst local youths regarding the positive impact that physical activity has on teenagers, helping them to develop personally whilst providing them with an outlet in which to escape from the pressures of everyday life, building self-confidence and a sense of achievement. The students will initiate their training during their lunch breaks and as the school term progresses, they will move on to participate in official road training events organised by the Townsville to Cairns bike ride committee.

NSS’ commitment to the development of youths in regional Queensland and the sheer enthusiasm of the ten Heatley Secondary College students brings together a winning combination of enthusiastic individuals, who seek to make a difference in 2012.

Sandfire Resources NL (ASX: SFR; “Sandfire”) is pleased to announce the award of the haulage and port services contract for its DeGrussa Copper-Gold Project, located 900km north of Perth in Western Australia, to POAGS Bulk Logistics Pty Ltd (POAGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qube Logistics Holdings Ltd (ASX: QUB) (Qube).

Qube is a diversified infrastructure and logistics company with operating divisions covering Automotive, Bulk and General Stevedoring, Landside Logistics and Strategic Development Assets that employs over 3,700 people nationally.

The contract, which has a total estimated value of more than $120 million over a five-year term, encompasses provision of a fully integrated haulage and port services solution for both the Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) and copper concentrate to be produced by the DeGrussa Project. Qube’s recent acquisition of Giacci was influential in Sandfire’s decision to award the contract to Qube as an integrated provider, rather than award separate haulage and stevedoring contracts.

The DSO and concentrate will be trucked to port in purpose built half-height sea containers, which will enable ship-loading using POAGS’ Rotabox container rotating frame system.

NSS provide the innovative Rotabox container system across Regional Queensland due to the available synergies under Qube’s 50% ownership of the firm.

Youths at Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club (TPBSLSC) will benefit from a generous $10,000.00 donation to assist with their training and skill development, as of March 2012.

NSS, regional Queensland’s premier stevedoring, transport and logistics services provider is proud to support this organisation which has developed a strong foothold in developing youths in the local community, while also increasing safety in local waters.

NSS selected to support this notable community association due to their core role in encouraging fitness, health and an active lifestyle amongst young Queenslanders. The club trains four times per week and also meets each Sunday on the strand, hosting a range of training and personal development activities for their members. In addition the club has a specialised program in place for children between the ages of 6 and 14, offering them expert guidance on healthy eating, sustaining a nutritious diet and maintaining fitness levels.

In announcing the donation Mr. Todd Emmert, General Manager at NSS said: “NSS is committed to supporting local community initiatives and encouraging development within our local area. The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club really stood out to us as a key contributor to safety and enhancing the lives of local children through fun, fitness and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. We are proud to be involved with this association and we also look forward to working to benefit other community groups in the future.”

The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club is united under the common goal ‘to save lives and keep our beaches safe’ in a fun, child centric environment. Training as a lifeguard builds strong friendships, a sense of camaraderie, self-confidence, fitness, awareness of sun safety and also creates significant ambassadors for water safety amongst the local community. These are values that NSS hold close given the nature of their business operations. NSS is an equal opportunities employer, noted for its commitment to supporting local causes and also for its focus on ‘giving back’ to the communities in with it operates.