Kooragang 2 and 3 berths are the busiest common user berths in the Port, handling fertiliser, meals, alumina, magnetite, cement and bulk liquid commodities. The two berths will be dismantled and replaced by a new high capacity ship unloader, conveyor structures, wharf upgrades and electrical system.
The investment and initiatives will include:
- The creation of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal through the combining of the Kooragang 2 and Kooragang 3 berths under one banner;
- Demolition of existing crane unloader infrastructure;
- Construction of a new crane unloader and associated infrastructure;
- Provision of temporary mobile hopper unloading infrastructure;
- Direct provision of environmental services at the Terminal by Port of Newcastle;
- Implementation of direct management of the Terminal by Port of Newcastle, ensuring the core port principle of common user access is maintained.
Port of Newcastle's Executive Manager Operations and Infrastructure, Keith Wilks commented:
The launch of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal is only Stage 1. Stage 2 of the Walsh Point Master Plan will include minimising cargo double handling, reducing cargo transfer points and removing trucks from the berths through the use conveyor systems.
The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2019.