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Port of Mackay sees milestone start

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The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp.,More than two million t of trade have passed through the Port of Mackay in seven months, underlying the publicly owned port's versatility and importance to the region.

Port of Mackay sees milestone start

The port has already clocked up 2.218 million t of cargo, surpassing throughput in the same period of the previous financial year (2 070 495 t).

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corp. (NQBP) CEO Brendan Webb said the top three traded commodities were petroleum (1 115 656 t) sugar (636 196 t) and grain (223 221 t).

“The strong trade performance at the Port of Mackay reflects its pivotal role as a leading service centre for agricultural and mining industries,” Mr Webb said. “The port provides an essential connection between regional Queensland and the world boasting trading links to neighbouring countries in Asia as well as New Zealand and North America.”

As well as supporting the trades of today, the Port of Mackay is ready to play its part in supporting the Queensland Government’s Jobs and Energy Plan.

“As a publicly owned multi-commodity port, Mackay can play a role supporting the energy transformation underway through the importation of renewable energy infrastructure,” Mr Webb said. “We’re continuing to invest in Port of Mackay infrastructure to boost our capabilities.

“The Port of Mackay can also help with the decarbonisation of the industrial supply chain, by moving break bulk and containerised cargo away from long-distance road travel.”

The Port of Mackay is one of four ports NQBP is responsible for, collectively facilitating around half of Queensland’s trade by tonnage.

“NQBP is one of Australia’s key gateways to trade, providing security, growth, and prosperity for our local North Queensland communities,” Mr Webb said. “Our ports are flexible and capable of sustainably addressing the trade requirements of Queensland and the communities and stakeholders we serve.”

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