RECENT upgrades at the Port of Mackay are boosting activity at the port, with the delivery of six haul truck trays this week.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) acting general manager trade and operations Eddie Mallan said NQBP had worked with National Heavy Haulage for several months to facilitate this trade through the Port of Mackay to minimise transport costs for the project.
“It demonstrates the Port of Mackay as a primary link to the rest of the world as a break-bulk port,” he said.
“With the improvements in the mining sector, NQBP is expecting to see more of this type of cargo arriving through the Port of Mackay.”
Mr Mallan said the construction and commissioning of the new quarantine wash facility de-risked the delivery into the country as a first port of call.
“The quarantine wash facility coupled with the shorter haul distance and available laydown space for project cargo makes the Port of Mackay a more attractive option for proponents,” he said.
“NQBP is investing in improving the capabilities of the port to support these types of trade, including a new roll-on, roll-off facility.”