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Gigantic Cargo Ship Docks At Port of Mackay

Ship off coast of Mackay [file photo].  Image Supplied 

The Port of Mackay’s capability to accommodate oversize overmass (OSOM) cargo has again been demonstrated with the arrival of an enormous shipment on Monday.

The cargo weighs 230 metric tonnes, spans approximately 50 meters in length and is from a ship loader at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi’s (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal.

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said Wharf One was a buzz of activity this morning when the Pauwgracht, of world-leading heavy lift ship company BigLift Shipping, docked at the port.

After an intricate lifting procedure, the cargo will be transported via remote controlled, self-propelled modular trailers (SPMT) to the laydown area within the port grounds, where it will be deconstructed.

“When the port is bustling, so is Mackay,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“Generations of Mackay locals have worked at the port, and it continues to grow, with close to three million tonnes of trade passing through the port in 2018/19.

“That’s why the Palasczuk Government is committed to keeping the port in public hands. It’s why we’re delivering the $497.3 million Mackay Ring Road and have committed funding for the Mackay Port Access Road project.”

A new outer shuttle, which arrived at the port via road last month, will be lifted on to the Pauwgracht to be shipped back to BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal.

North Queensland Bulk Ports CEO Nicolas Fertin said the logistical operation took months of planning and again highlighted the capacity of the Port of Mackay.

“This latest arrival follows the growing number of Roll-on Roll Off (RORO) vessels to berth at the port in the last year,” he said.

“The Port of Mackay is strongly positioned to accommodate the safe and efficient transfer of large equipment and materials throughout the region and reduce the logistical challenges associated with road transfers.”

“We have facilitated the transport of diverse break bulk OSOM cargo, from heavy mining equipment to 135-tonne dump trucks to longwall equipment – including roof supports, conveyor systems, railway lines and wagons and accommodation units.”

The Port of Mackay regularly offers customers the service to transition large cargo to laydown areas for a variety of uses over short, medium and long term.