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NSS recently partnered up with SkyDronics to bring you a series of aerial drone videos of just some of the services we offer at NSS.

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NSS is pleased to announce that it has received external certification of ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System (‘EMS’).

NSS General Manager Juliette Sperber congratulated the NSS Team on the achievement and said ‘The ISO 14001 accreditation underpins our commitment to the environment, our progressive approach and eagerness to meet and exceed international standards across our regional Queensland operations.’

To date, NSS is the only stevedoring company operating in the Port of Townsville to achieve accreditation for its EMS based on the most recent 2015 International Standard. 14001 CA MARK‘In this industry (stevedoring, transport and logistics) there is significant legislation imposed on service providers from multiple jurisdictions (local, state, federal and international). This legislation is not to be taken lightly and there are serious penalties not only for service providers but also for the companies they are servicing (including company officers on a personal basis). NSS now has a full suite of external accreditations for Quality (ISO 9001), Safety (ISO 4801/18001) and the Environment (ISO 14001) guaranteeing our customers they are in safe hands.’

NSS’s environmental management practices and systems are guided by the principles set out in the company’s Environmental and Sustainability Policies. These policies assist NSS in managing environmental risk and implementing measures to facilitate compliance and improvement in environmental performance. NSS Business Support Manager David King said ‘There has been many key changes to our processes and procedures over the last year which have enabled us to reduce our environmental impacts. Some which include significant improvements to air quality and dust control, waste management and recycling, solar energy and chemical handling processes.’

‘The EMS has assisted in providing structure to environmental management by ensuring a systematic approach to measuring progress and achieving environmental objectives. We are continually looking for ways to improve and benchmark our operations within the industry and achieve best practice.’

Future objectives set out in NSS’s EMS will focus on environmental awareness, energy reduction and further research into dust mitigation measures. NSS reports its activities and environmental performance against licence conditions to regulators.

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A NEW break-bulk dawn has come to the Port of Mackay with a new wash-down facility and quarantine approved premises, enabling North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) to cleanse equipment landed at the port destined for mines or other projects.

“The world knows Australia takes its quarantine efforts extremely seriously,” Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

“The new equipment represents a significant upgrade of the level of services the port can offer while ensuring every possible step is taken to maintain high quarantine standards,”

NQBP CEO Steve Lewis said the NSS facilities already had been used to clean a cargo of large mining equipment that had arrived last week.

“This cargo — which we hope is the first of many — represents a significant demonstration of the port’s credentials as a major trade and logistics hub that supports the Mackay region and Bowen Basin and potentially the future Galilee Basin,” Mr Lewis said.

“The break bulk cargo arrived at the Port on the SCL Akwaba on October 19 loaded with around 8000 freight tonnes of mining equipment that is being brought in by mining services company Thiess from its overseas operations, as part of the company’s ongoing process of servicing Bowen Basin mining operations.”

Queensland ports minister Mark Bailey said Mackay had untold potential and underutilised capacity to facilitate growth.

“As part of the strategy to unlock the economic wealth and potential of the port NQBP has negotiated with Northern Stevedoring Services for the installation of a federally-certified wash-down facility and quarantine approved premises within he secure port precinct,” he said.

“With the relevant federal approvals now in place to handle this cargo, it is a wonderful sight to see the facilities in operation washing down heavy equipment bound for use in our region’s resource sector.”

NSS general manager, Juliette Sperber, welcomed the first trade through the facility.

“Our new quarantine wash facility is an exciting development and represents a considerable investment for NSS in Mackay,” she said.

“As a regional Queensland business employing locally, our hope is that NSS’s facility will increase trade through the port and rejuvenate industry in this great region.”

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During the month of September, Northern Stevedoring Services (“NSS”) proudly participated in the Blue September initiative, which was created to get the message out about cancer in men.  Raising awareness and much needed funds to assist world-class researchers such as Australian Prostate Cancer Research “APCR” and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation “ACRF”, NSS was proud to raise money for equipment needed to improve prevention of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment. 

Blue September urges men to take preventative action by improving lifestyle choices and getting regular check-ups by their general practitioner.  The statistics are devastating: 
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
  • 1 in 4 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85.
  • 50,000+ men are diagnosed with cancer every year, and almost 50% of that are fatal.

Throughout September NSS hosted a number of fundraising initiatives and established an online donations page.  Through their fundraising efforts NSS was eligible to participate in the Bluey the Bear grand prize initiative, whereby for each $1,000.00 raised Blue September would give you a 1-meter-tall blue lovable large teddy to auction/raffle. 

Raising $3,298 NSS was able to raffle off 3 “Bluey’s”; with the winners then passed on to the Blue September Foundation to go into the draw to win a brand new Nissan Micra.  Winners were Ross Brown (pictured right with Juliette Sperber General Manager of NSS), Kathryn Jacobsen and Lindsay Wilson.  The winner of the car was a Mr Philip Allen from Reservoir VIC.

Mr Wilson kindly re-donated Bluey the bear to the Mater Hospital Children’s Ward, where he is now known as Dr. Bluey Wilson MD, used to explain medical procedures to children and there for pre and post op care and cuddles.
Mater Children’s Unit Manager Karen Cribb said she wanted to thank NSS and Mr Wilson for their kind donation.  ``Dr Bluey Wilson would be kept busy helping the nursing staff to explain medical procedures to children and would be there to put smiles on little patient’s faces,’’ she said.

BlueSeptember2Pictured (LtoR): Dr Bluey Wilson’s first patient 16 month old Austin Byrne, Nurse Justine Cheeseman and Juliette Sperber General Manager NSS.
Northern Stevedoring Services Pty Ltd “NSS” has been awarded a seven year contract for port logistics and stevedoring services relating to MMG’s Dugald River Mine export mineral concentrates.  The Dugald River project is based near Cloncurry in North-West Queensland and is one of the highest grade undeveloped zinc resources globally with an estimated mine life of 25 years. 

NSS was selected on its experience and capability, commitment to safety and the environment, available assets and infrastructure and highly competitive price. The scope of work includes the receival of sealed containers from MMG’s rail service provider, transport of the sealed containers to NSS port facilities within the Port of Townsville, tippling of containers using the Qube Rotabox™ system into MMG chartered vessels and return of empty sealed containers to MMG’s rail service provider.

NSS General Manager Juliette Sperber said: “The Dugald River project is one of the most exciting mining projects in Queensland. With a reputation as one of the world’s top mid-tier miners, MMG’s selection of NSS as its port logistics and stevedoring service provider evidences our progressive approach to service delivery. Placing sustainability and the environment at the forefront of our service offering, whilst not compromising on productivity or competitive pricing will set the bar for bulk materials handling now and into the future.”

MMG appoints NSS as Stevedore“We are thrilled to be part of this project and we are looking forward to working collaboratively with the MMG team to exceed their expectations.”
Shortly after the Dugald River project was granted prescribed project status by the Queensland Government in April this year, MMG received confirmation of financing arrangements for the project, triggering the prompt commencement of construction of the processing plant and creation of significant employment opportunities. The expected remaining cost of the project to first shipment of concentrate is estimated to be US$600-620 million bringing Dugald River into production in the first half of 2018.

MMG appoints NSS as Stevedore NSS MMG Full Media Release
Northern Stevedoring Services Pty Ltd (“NSS”) is regional Queensland's largest supply chain management provider. We provide the most comprehensive end to end stevedoring, transport and logistics services for ocean going cargoes in regional Queensland, Australia. Our operations span the Ports of Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Weipa.

NSS invites quotations for the provision of maintenance and repairs to all NSS plant and equipment listed in the draft agreement.

Subject to NSS Senior Management’s approval, it is intended that NSS will enter into negotiations with a preferred Service Provider based on responses to the Request for Quotation (“RFQ”).

NSS intends to award the work to a single Service Provider subject to adequate demonstration of the Service Provider’s capability to meet the Operational Requirements. However, NSS reserves the right to award the work to multiple Service Providers for separate portions of the Operational Requirements or not award the work at all.

The Services under the Agreement shall be described as supply of maintenance and repairs to NSS Plant and Equipment listed at Schedule 3 (within the draft Agreement) including but not limited to the work described in the Scope of Services. The majority of work under the Agreement will be undertaken at the NSS Equipment Hire Facilities which are located within the Townsville Port precinct in South Townsville and outlined in the below aerial. The balance of work will be undertaken within NSS Townsville operational sites.

Quotations for the Provision of Maintenance and Repairs 

Key dates in the RFQ process are:

Issue RFQ             

26 September 2016

Acknowledgement of RFQ and intention to Quote

4 October 2016

Site visit

12 October 2016 (to be confirmed)

Quotation Submission

28 October 2016

Contract Commencement

1 January 2017

Quotations must be lodged by the Quotation Submission date. If an extension is sought, a request must be made to the Commercial Manager prior to the close date. If an extension is granted, the extension will be granted to all Service Providers. 

Prospective tenderers are requested to email the Commercial Manager requesting copies of the tender documentation on or before 4 October 2016.
Email: [email protected] 
Submissions close on 28 October 2016.
What's yellow, has two big hands and can't fly? No, it's not big bird... rather the newest edition to the NSS cargo handling fleet. The Cascade Tyre Handler, valued at $200,000, represents NSS's confidence in the future of tyre imports through Townsville, improving productivity and introducing a new level of cargo care. NSS unloads imported tyres for Bridgestone at the Port of Townsville which are destined for use in the mining and earthmoving industries.

Capable of lifting 8.5 tonnes the tyre handler can be used in any application requiring the need to handle off-the-road (OTR) tyres.  The ability to rotate, tip and side-shift the tyre provides the flexibility needed for alignment with the truck without the use of a second forklift.  The clamp attachment ensures the tyre is handled with exceptional cargo care, eliminating the risk of damage to both the tyre and the truck.   This also ensures better safety for terminal workers through superior visibility through and over the frame.

With its 360-degree continuous rotation, the precision with which the NSS machinery operator can place the tyre maximizes trailer space at the same time as ensuring cargo placement and weight distribution on the truck is exact.


Tyre Handler 


NSS is regional Queensland's largest supply chain management provider. The provide the most comprehensive end to end stevedoring, transport and logistics services for ocean going cargoes in regional Queensland, Australia. NSS operations span the ports of Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Weipa.

To discuss all your stevedoring, transportation and logistics needs, call NSS Commercial Manager Mitchell Smith on +61 7 4722 4800 or contact NSS online today

NSS Expands its Cargo Handling Capabilities Media Release - NSS Tyre Handler