MINING activity in Queensland’s north has driven trade through the Port of Mackay, with six major cargo shipments crossing the wharf there in December and January.
North Queensland Bulk Ports acting CEO Brendan Webb said the whole port felt energised and very positive about the year ahead.
“A variety of industry heavyweights including Hastings Deering, Austin Engineering, UGM, FleetCo and PlantCo have brought cargo through the port over the past two months,” he said.
“Five of the six breakbulk shipments have been imports to support this growth.”
The Port of Mackay’s total throughput for the seven months from July 2017 through January 2018 came to 1.8m tonnes.
The Ports’ regular commodity imports and exports such as diesel, sugar, grain and magnetite remain strong, with the Port seeing an increase in heavy machinery coming through.
Queensland transport minister Mark Bailey said the increased activity was testament to the NQBP’s ability to increase capacity and adapt to an ever-changing economy.
“Both the Port of Mackay and Port of Hay Point are continuing to undertake a variety of projects to expand capacity and improve efficiency in operations,” he said.
“New lead lights were completed at the Port of Mackay shortly before Christmas and are already helping marine pilots manoeuvre large ships into the port, while at Hay Point the marine offloading facility has been used to bring major machinery components into the port for terminal upgrades.
Member for Mackay Julianne Gilbert said the latest figures showed the local economy was bouncing back though there was still much work to be done.
“These figures reflect the energy and movement we’re seeing at the port,” she said.
“There is a definite pick up in the mining sector and the Port of Mackay is perfectly positioned to assist future mining projects throughout North Queensland.”