New wash-down facility for Mackay
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.”
Ian Ackerman - Sydney