North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation announced today that the work on their new multi-million tug berth facility at Port of Mackay continues to progress, with pile-driving works almost complete.
NQBP Senior Project Engineer, Anoop Pillai said that he was pleased to see the project pass another milestone. “With the pile driving being finished over the next few weeks, our focus will shift to the final preparations and delivery of the pontoon and gangway.”
The new facility will include berths for up to two tugs and two pilot boats, including a gangway and floating pontoon, and will accommodate bigger and more powerful tugs.
The tug berth project comes as the latest, and the largest, in a series of significant investments totalling $17 million aimed at boosting the port for current and future trade.
According to NQBP, the tug project berth complements a $1.8 million upgrade to Wharf Four, expanding its cargo capacity, and a $2.4 million project to extend Wharf 1, facilitating longer cargo.
Also part of the $17m package of infrastructure works was maintenance dredging of the port during which hopper dredger Brisbane removed approx. 140,000m3 of sediment from the Port of Mackay.