PORT of Mackay was busy last year, with more than 2.9m tonnes of cargo passing during the 2016-17 financial year, an increase of 2.7% on the year prior.
North Queensland Bulk Ports CEO, Steve Lewis, said the trade results were achieved in the face of difficult conditions.
“Total trade throughput for the Port of Mackay has remained strong during the 2016-17 financial year despite challenges within the local sugar industry and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Debbie,” he said.
“It is a testament to the resilience of our customers and port terminal operators that throughput has not only been maintained but has increased.”
Export-wise chickpeas were a success story for the port, with molasses and scrap metal also star performers, and imports of fertiliser, magnetite and petroleum products increased.
Break-bulk cargo grew, with an increase in inquiries received during the year, and more trade expected over coming months.
“An additional 8000 tonnes of equipment was transferred through the port over the past 12 months, reflecting the focus we have to attract this type of trade to the port,” Mr Lewis said.
“I am pleased to be able to say that NQBP remains one of Australia’s largest port authorities, with more than half of Queensland’s trade, by tonnage, passing through our ports.”