GLADSTONE Ports Corporation celebrated its 110th anniversary on Wednesday (6 March)

The occasion marks 110 years since the Gladstone Harbour Board first met in 1914 at Gladstone Town Hall.

GPC said its history books reveal “an industrious past”, from shipping horses to India in 1894 to a deal with the British Imperial Oil Company (now Shell) erecting tanks for petroleum storage in 1929.

By 1930 GPC had exported more than 58,000 tonnes of coal, and in 2024 it claims to be the world’s fourth largest coal export terminal.

Since the establishment of Reg Tanna Coal Terminal in May 1980, GPC has exported 1.5 billion tonnes of coal.

GPC chief executive officer Craig Haymes said the ports corporation now handles more than 120 million tonnes of throughput each year, of more than 34 products including LNG, aluminium, petroleum and timber.

“By leveraging our extensive operating experience across our three operational ports we are strengthening GPC’s position as one of the world’s leading multi-commodity ports, contributing to Queensland’s economy and demonstrating our role in building a sustainable and prosperous future for Queensland and the nation,” Mr Haymes said.

“We are focused on ensuring continuity and stability for the business and exploring exciting new opportunities like assisting in transforming Australia’s energy landscape.

“To our teams, our customers and the communities in which we operate, thank you for your continued and valued support as we facilitate sustainable trade and development and provide prosperity to the region for another 100 plus years.”