North Queensland-based contractor Pacific Marine Group is set to start work on a new $8.5 million tug berth facility at Mackay.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the tug berth project was the latest, and the largest, in a series of investments totalling $17 million aimed at boosting the port and creating jobs as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
“The Port of Mackay continues to be a hive for activity, with multiple projects that will position the port to be able to take advantage of new, diversified trade opportunities such as rail, or renewables projects,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“Our latest $17 million injection for the port has already supported more than 100 jobs in the region so far.”
The new facility would include berths for up to two tugs including a gangway and floating pontoon, which could also accommodate bigger and more powerful tugs, she said.
Wharf upgrades successfully completed
North Queensland Bulk Ports chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said having a dedicated tug berth facility inside the secure port area would cater for the existing tug fleet, with the ability to expand for future growth.
“The tug project 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,” Mr Fertin said.
The first Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) cargo shipment was successfully unloaded at Wharf Four in January.
The Höegh Autoliners Serenity Ace unloaded about 2340 freight tonnes of mining equipment, imported to the Mackay region from domestic and international locations.
Principal contractor V2R Projects supported around 100 jobs in a boost for the region’s economy during the wharf upgrade work.
NQBP engaged MGN Civil on a $1.5 million project to stabilise the western revetment works inside the port, supporting up to 15 jobs.
MGN Civil placed around 15,000 tonnes of rock material sourced from local quarries to reform the revetment structure.
The new tug berth project is expected to generate 20 jobs during the peak of construction, with at least half of the jobs expected to be local to Mackay.