A STACKER-reclaimer is being unloaded at the Port of Mackay, with the first pieces arriving on Sunday (August 6) on the Happy Dover (IMO 9551959).
The stacker-reclaimer is bound for the Port of Hay Point where it will move coal from incoming trains to terminal stockpiles and then onto export ships.
The equipment is to be unloaded over the coming fortnight and staged for transport to BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal operations, about 40km south of Mackay.
The replacement stacker reclaimer will be barged in eight separate movements due to the size of the pieces of machinery involved.
With the heaviest component 267,000kg and the longest 65m long, the pieces will be transferred straight from ship to barge by crane, then taken directly to Hay Point.
Smaller pieces such as buckets and structural elements will be either stored at Mackay on laydown spaces or trucked directly to the coal terminal.
In total, the stacker reclaimer weighs 1150 tonnes and is 65m long when the boom is fully extended.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) CEO Steve Lewis said the arrival of the equipment on the Happy Dover is a welcome development for the region’s ports.
“From Mackay, the equipment will be barged down to NQBP’s Half Tide Tug Harbour from where it will be transported in pieces through the public car park and then along NQBP’s specifically designed haul road and then on to BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal operations,” he said.
“This is the first of two stacker reclaimers that are to be delivered to BMA’s Hay Point operations over the coming months.
Mr Lewis said the arrival was a significant event for NQBP, as it highlighted the strategic value of the ports network (Abbot Point-port of Mackay-Hay Point), and the vital role the ports play in the regional economy.