PORT of Newcastle has formally launched the $33m Newcastle Bulk Terminal development at Walsh Point on Kooragang Island.
The project will combine the Kooragang 2 and Kooragang 3 berths into the Newcastle Bulk Terminal, which will be directly managed by the Port of Newcastle to ensure common user access is maintained.
The project will replace the two existing ship unloaders, which are more than 50 years old, with a new, high-capacity ship unloader.
The terminal will also get new conveyor structures, and wharf and electrical upgrades.
Mobile hoppers will be deployed at the terminal while the new equipment is built, with the project slated for completion at the end of 2019.
Port of Newcastle executive manager operations and infrastructure Keith Wilks said the project represented a significant investment by the Port of Newcastle into the next generation in bulk handling infrastructure.
“We have listened to our customers, who have requested more capacity to grow their cargo volumes, and to the NSW Environment Protection Authority, which wants to see best practice in cargo handling,” he said.
“The new equipment will deliver on both fronts, providing state-of-the-art environmental capabilities, and delivering faster unloading to enable customers to access the berth quicker, reducing vessel turnaround times and moving more cargo across the berth.
Mr Wilks said this project was only the first stage of a larger initiative.
“Stage 2 of the Walsh Point Master Plan will include minimising cargo double handling, reducing cargo transfer points and removing trucks from the berths through the use conveyor systems,” he said.
Berths two and three at Kooragang are the Port’s busiest common user berths, handling fertiliser, meals, alumina, magnetite, cement and a range of bulk liquids.
The Port has engaged Kerman Contracting Pty Ltd to carry out most of the development including the crane replacement, with electrical work to be performed by Downer EDI.