PORT of Townsville has recorded more than 65,000 container movements so far for the current financial year, breaking the previous year’s record of 62,512 for the entire 2014-15 year.
Queensland transport minister Mark Bailey said the increase was welcome.
“We know Townsville has seen difficult times over the past few years, but we are now really starting to see signs of a recovery,” he said.
“We are fortunate to have four shipping lines servicing the Port of Townsville in the container trade, including ANL, Swire Shipping and Mariana Express Lines – this means more services, better frequency and more competition on freight pricing for regional businesses.”
Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby said: “60 years ago, shipping containers revolutionised the way general cargo was shipped and allowed huge steps forward in the efficiency of the global supply chain”.
“Containers moving through the Port of Townsville carry an incredibly diverse range of cargo including whitegoods, furniture, construction materials, clothing and – in huge numbers this financial year – solar project cargo,” Ms Crosby said.
Mainfreight Air and Ocean North Queensland branch manager Chris Barnes said container export destinations out of Townsville have been broadening.
“Historically, containerised imports into Townsville have been focused toward the Far North Asia trade, however Mainfreight is now providing import and export solutions moving Townsville containers to and from the USA, Europe, New Zealand, the Middle East, South and North Asia,” he said.