Townsville named top port of the year

Ongoing initiatives aim to grow its container trade and reduce freight costs

Townsville named top port of the year
Minister Mark Bailey says the award highlights the performance of the port in an challenging economic environment.


Port of Townsville has been named Port or Terminal of the Year at the Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards for the second consecutive year.

Townsville beat three contenders – DP World Australia, Melbourne International RoRo & Auto Terminal Pty Ltd (MIRRAT) and Tasmania Ports Corporation (Tasports) – to bag the title during Thursday’s event in Sydney.

Congratulating Townsville for the achievement, Queensland’s main roads and ports minister Mark Bailey says, "The Port of Townsville has now taken out the top prize in this category two years running and I understand this is the first time a Port has won in successive years.

"Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards had recognised the Port for its efficiency and innovation in stakeholder engagement and communication.

"The award highlights the excellent performance of the Port and it’s team, in an environment of variable commodity prices and challenges in the resources industry."

A government-owned corporation, Port of Townsville underwent recent upgrades worth $170 million and is currently in the middle of further upgrades valued at $55 million.

It is the third largest seaport in Queensland after Port of Brisbane and the Central Queensland Port.

Minister assisting Queensland premier on north Queensland Coralee O’Rourke says the award is a "great recognition" for the state-owned port that "services more than 70 per cent of the population of Northern Australia".

"It’s been a great year for the Port of Townsville, which achieved record trade results in 2015-16 for zinc ferrite and fertiliser as well as refined copper exports and zinc concentrate imports.

"The port has also achieved significant growth in sugar and molasses exports as well as fuel and motor vehicle imports. 

"It has launched a number of initiatives to grow its container trade, which is expected to reduce freight costs for northern Australia.

"This award shows that the Port of Townsville is ideally positioned as a premier trade and logistics hub for Northern Australia."

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