Port of Newcastle commits to diversification

The largest port on the East Coast of Australia has called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the supply of two mobile harbour cranes as part of a long-term diversification program.

The EOI aligns with Port of Newcastle’s plans to invest in port capability that supports jobs and boosts the national economy.

The announcement is part of a suite of key strategic development opportunities to support the future diversification of the Port, including the Newcastle Bulk Terminal (NBT), Maritime Precinct, Automotive and Automotive / Ro-Ro Hub.

A separate project to install a new $35 million state-of-the-art ship unloader at the NBT – boosting safety, environmental compliance and efficiency in the handling of bulk products – is on track for completion in the second half of 2021.

The projects are part of Port of Newcastle’s focus on creating a broad mix of trade opportunities for a prosperous local, state and national economy, making full use of abundant channel, rail, road and land capacity to accommodate existing and new trade.

Port of Newcastle is the Hunter’s trade gateway to the world, contributing almost $1 billion to the local economy and about 5,700 direct and indirect jobs.

Earlier this year, senior Australian infrastructure leaders Glenn Thornton and Paul Brown will join Port of Newcastle’s executive team as the organisation entered a major growth phase.