The Australian Competition & Consumer Competition (ACCC) has applied to the Federal Court for a review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s recent decision regarding the terms of access by Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd (Glencore) to certain services at the Port of Newcastle.
Port of Newcastle
Following yesterday’s news that Wharfies at port of Newcastle are to protest against the new crane, the port released a statement, responding to the Maritime Union of Australia. The workers are against the new crane, supporting that the project will bring additional personnel and thus put at risk the work and available hours for existing stevedoring workers and corporations.
Dockworkers from three stevedoring corporations at the Port of Newcastle in Australia, held a 4-hour stop work meeting in order to protest for the arrival of a new bulk uploading crane which according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), could potentially threaten job security.
The port of Newcastle announced that the Australian government withdrew the $12.7 million funding for the new cruise terminal project. The funding was firstly announced in 2016 aiming on the expansion of the cruise industry in the Hunter.
Port of Newcastle’s coal exports increased 5% during the first quarter of 2019, reaching 27.3m tonnes. Namely, March volumes rose 0.5m tonnes year on year to 9.1m tonnes, in spite of worries about customs delays that could affect exports to China. In comparison to February, March volumes were up by 0.2m tonnes. What is more, the number of ships awaiting to take delivery from the port reduced to five.
The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle in 220 years of commercial operations arrived on March 18. The 244-metre Pro Alliance long range 2 class tanker berthed at Stolthaven’s Mayfield 7 dedicated bulk liquids terminal, which is a purpose-built facility serving vessels of that size. This new milestone comes after the arrival of the port’s first long range 1 tanker in early January.
Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to commit to meeting global environmental and sustainability standards as set by EcoPorts. The port was this month granted membership of the International EcoPorts network, having completed assessments to benchmark its environmental and sustainability practices against 120 major ports across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
The new CEO of the Port of Newcastle, Craig Carmody, committed the Port of Newcastle to developing a container terminal to boost jobs and business opportunities in the Hunter region and reduce the number of trucks on Sydney’s roads with expanded use of Newcastle’s rail connectivity.
The Port of Newcastle will launch the Newcastle Bulk Terminal development at Walsh Point, Kooragang Island. The launch of the Terminal is a $33 million investment made by the Port of Newcastle in bulk cargo handling equipment, infrastructure and additional strategic initiatives. Kooragang 2 and 3 berths will be dismantled.
The Port of Newcastle has already accepted investments for the new cruise terminal and non-coal freight facilities. This is important, but a further development of the port is necessary for it to keep up with Hunter and NSW economy.
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