PORT of Townsville expects its trade throughput to triple by 2050 as new mining, manufacturing and renewables projects come online.

The port is embarking on a recruitment drive for business, professional, technical and administrative roles.

From late 2024, the port will also be able to welcome larger ships following the completion of the channel widening project. Vessels of up to 300 metres long will be able to call the port.

The $251-million Channel Upgrade Project is part of a broader $1.6-billion, 30-year expansion plan for the Port of Townsville.

Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby said the port is growing in every sense.

“We are well underway with the biggest port expansion in our near 160-year history, trade volumes crossing our berths each year are expected to triple by 2050 and demand for defence and cruise shipping capacity is rapidly increasing,” Ms Crosby said.

“In the coming years we are focussed on continuing to deliver highly competitive services for our customers, drive improvements in sustainability across all areas of the business and build major new port infrastructure that will ensure our capacity to facilitate the trade demands of the future.

Queensland Acting Premier Steven Miles said the Port of Townsville is the link between Queensland’s rich North West Minerals Province and the world.

“North Queensland’s growth potential is picking up at enormous pace as new projects in rare earth, critical minerals, renewable energy and tourism come to realisation because of the strong investment by this government,” he said.

“With trade volumes set to triple by 2050, we know there is confidence in the future of the port. We have always backed good jobs for the people of Townsville, and now there are more opportunities for those looking to kick start their career in Townsville.”