$3.8m project to ‘future-proof’ trade and jobs
A $3.8 MILLION addition to a Gladstone Ports Corporation terminal is set to future-proof trade and stimulate job growth for the region.
The new mooring structure at GPC’s Auckland Point Wharf will help transform the region into a containerised freight hub.
The completion of the “mooring dolphin” last month means larger container vessels are now able to berth at Auckland Point.
The structure provides a tie-off point for the ships lines to secure to during loading and unloading.
The new structure is set about 60 metres east of the wharf, enabling the bow of the ship to position itself safely beyond the existing wharf.
Acting CEO Craig Walker said the mooring dolphin was all part of a 50-year vision to diversify trade opportunities and stimulate jobs in the region.
“The mooring dolphin is just one of the strategies we’ve implemented to open up trade and stimulate jobs,” Mr Walker said.
The mooring dolphin is one of several projects taking place at Auckland Point wharf to diversify trade.
A $6 million fender upgrade is also set to future-proof the facility while multimillion-dollar works are underway to develop a logistics staging area adjacent to the wharf.
“During a time like COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to turn our focus to projects like these which will assist the Queensland economy,” Mr Walker said.
This year GPC delivered a record dividend for Queensland for a second year in a row.
Data from the 2019/20 annual report revealed GPC achieved a dividend of $79.55 million.
“Our trade performance remains stable despite the challenging conditions of COVID-19, with our three port precincts handling 122.5 million tonnes of cargo,” Mr Walker said.
“We are well aware of the enormous role we have at GPC to build a sustainable and prosperous future for Queensland and Australia.
“We will continue to focus on diversifying trade opportunities at our three port precincts to help stimulate job opportunities and trade growth.”
Trade through GPC’s ports contributes to 111,000 jobs and $40 billion in imports and exports.