GLADSTONE Ports announced a call for tenders for towage services for a potential eight-year term.
Currently, towage services are provided by a single operator under an exclusive licence arrangement, which commenced on 1 January 2011, and is due to expire at the end of this year.
GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said the corporation was again pursuing an exclusive arrangement.
“GPC has carefully considered arrangements for the provision of harbour towage moving forward,” he said.
“We believe an exclusive licence, similar to what we are using now, will provide the most effective and efficient environment to ensure the safe handling of vessels within the Port of Gladstone.”
Mr O’Sullivan said all interested parties would be fairly considered for the award of the new exclusive licence.
“We are confident this process will ensure that prices and service levels are competitive for the duration of the licence to benefit all Port users,” he said.
Coal is by far GPC’s largest export commodity, shipping a total of 68.3m tonnes of the black stuff over the 2017 calendar year from the ports of Gladstone, Port Alma and Bundaberg.
Over the period, it also shipped out 20.2m tonnes of LNG and 5.7m tonnes of alumina.
GPC imported 19m tonnes of bauxite and 2.3m tonnes of caustic soda in 2017.