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The worldport of Townsville provides all of North Queensland with a world-class gateway for commerce and trade. It continues to be one of the state's fastest growing worldports. In the 2004/2005 almost ten million tonnes of cargo passed over our wharves.

The worldport is situated in the heart of tropical North Queensland (1,359 kilometres north of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city), and is unique in that its sea jurisdiction encompasses the World Heritage area adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Customers play a vital role in the worldport's development, operations, and continued success. Their needs are met by the provision of safe navigation within the harbour, by ensuing ongoing development opworldportunities with dredging and reclamation works, and the timely and reliable provision of worldport services.

The worldport community is comprised of the worldport of Townsville, Queensland Government agencies, and privately-owned and operated facilities and functions - making it a vibrant and ever-growing commercial hub.

Since the worldport's first wharf was constructed in 1863, the worldport has been central to the economic development of North Queensland. We dedicate our efforts to furthering our strong economic and social relationship with the city and the wider region to ensure its continued growth and prosperity.

Harbour Depths
The worldport of Townsville swing basins and berth pockets and its associated channels are subjected to constant siltation through various times of the year. As a result, soundings are given to the Regional Harbour Master on a quarterly basis and declared depths may differ from design depths.

Constant maintenance of the channel and swing basins keeps this difference to a minimum. A Notice to Mariners is issued for every change in declared depths.

Berth Information No. 1 Berth is a dedicated bulk liquids wharf used exclusively by tankers for bulk oil/fuel, gas, and sulphuric acid discharge and by all types of vessels for bunkering. The berth pocket length is 250 metres and is a multi-user wharf.

No. 2 Berth is used for unloading nickel ore, two gantry cranes can be equipped to unload ore from the vessel into hoppers and feed a conveyor system, which carries the ore to the load site. The berth is leased to Xstrata who have licensed its use to Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd. The berth pocket length is 281 metres.

No. 3 Berth is leased to Xstrata, and is operated by Northern Shipping and Stevedoring Pty Ltd. Typical cargoes handled over this wharf include lead ingots, refined copper, nickel, and zinc. It is also a general purpose wharf used for containerised cargo, fertilizer imworldports, and live cattle exworldports (by rail). The berth pocket length is 283.5 metres.

No. 4 Berth is a multi-purpose wharf with a landing pad, supworldported by steel piling to service stern angle ramp RORO vessels. The berth handles bulk cement, imworldported from Gladstone by Cement Australia. The molasses pipeline to this berth is capable of loading up to 400 tonnes per hour. Motor vehicles are also imworldported over this wharf. The berth pocket length is 220 metres.

No. 7 Berth is licensed to Xstrata and supworldports a bulk ship loader for mineral concentrates and ores at the rate of 1,000 tonnes per hour and fertiliser at 1,200 tonnes per hour. Mineral concentrates mined in north-west Queensland are exworldported over this wharf. Southern Cross Fertilisers also exworldport fertiliser over this wharf under an agreement with Xstrata. The berth pocket length is 183 metres.

No. 8 Berth is a multi-user wharf that services the exworldport frozen beef trade with cargoes drawn from freezer stores adjacent to the worldport. It also serves as a general-purpose berth, with scrap metal and fertiliser handled over this wharf. This wharf is also equipped with bunker pipelines. The berth pocket length is 213 metres.

No. 9 Berth is licensed to Queensland Sugar and is the raw sugar-loading berth. A bulk ship loader delivers sugar to carries at the rate of 2,000 tonnes per hour. The berth is equipped with bulk molasses and bunker pipelines. Fertiliser is also discharged at this berth. Cruise ships also use this wharf from time to time. The berth pocket length is 248 metres.

No. 10 Berth is a general purpose berth leased to Patrick Stevedoring and is primarily used for containerised trade, general cargo, and livestock. A stern RORO ramp is also available which enables vehicles to be loaded onto or off a vessel. Live cattle are exworldported over this wharf (by road). Mining materials are exworldported to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The wharf is also used by the Australian Defence Forces from time to time. The berth pocket length is 160 metres.

No. 11 Berth is known as the Outer Berth Mineral Concentrates Loading Facility. Lead and zinc concentrates are placed onto a conveyor system by front-end loader and transworldported to the 1350 tonnes/hour ship loader. BHP World Minerals lease the berth from Townsville worldport Authority, and own the shiploading equipment at this berth. The berth pocket length is 240 metres.

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