Port of Newcastle opens new container and bulk service capacities as part of latest diversification initiative
Left to right: Archie Threadgate, Name Our Cranes winner, Shemara Wikramanayake, Macquarie Group CEO, Craig Carmody, Port of Newcastle CEO, Ollie Rawson, Name Our Cranes winner
The Port of Newcastle, the largest deep-water port on Australia’s east coast, today commissioned two new mobile harbor cranes as part of the port’s ongoing commitment to diversification and development. a sustainable future.
The cranes were inaugurated by Newcastle Port CEO Craig Carmody and Macquarie Group Managing Director and Managing Director Shemara Wikramanayake.
With the mobile harbor cranes in the final stages of commissioning and the terminal expansion underway, the cranes will begin handling cargo and containers in September.
With a reach of 54 meters and a lifting capacity of 104 tonnes, Craig Carmody said the A$32.4 million crane investment marks a significant increase in extended and improved capacity for handling containers, general cargo and project cargo for port customers. from Newcastle.
“For the Port of Newcastle, the arrival of mobile harbor cranes marks a significant step forward in our aim to diversify for the future,” he said.
This follows the announcement last November that the Port is partnering with the Macquarie Green Investment Group to support the development of a hydrogen economy in the Hunter region. The Port of Newcastle hydrogen hub, part of a wider clean energy sector, will initially be supported by a large electrolyser and an ammonia loop providing a green product for household decarbonisation which is supported by a range of project partners including SnowyHydro, Jemena, Keolis Downer, Lake Macquarie Town Council and Idemitsu.
The first stage of a 3 million Australian dollar feasibility study on the development of a green hydrogen hub at the port is now complete.
Ms. Wikramanayake said diversification represents a significant opportunity for the port. “As the gateway to the second largest city in New South Wales, the port will continue to play a key role in the Hunter’s future as a key region for economic growth,” it said. she declared.
Macquarie manages a 50% stake in the port of Newcastle on behalf of investors and assists the port in its strategic realignment away from its historic dependence on coal exports.
“The new container and bulk services initiative, along with the broader clean energy sector, represents a significant opportunity for the Hunter region to diversify, decarbonize and support job development in industries. emerging,” said Wikramanayake. The Green Hydrogen project includes a partnership with the University of Newcastle to drive innovation and boost the commercialization of research in the region.
Mr Carmody said the official opening of the mobile harbor cranes, which will start operating next month, was an opportunity to reflect on the two organizations’ shared vision for an exciting future.
“When you’re known nationally and internationally as the ‘world’s largest coal port’, change will always be like turning a big cargo ship into port, a transition measured in tandem with the wider economy, but with the right tools around, the end goal can be achieved,” Mr. Carmody said.
Source: Port of Newcastle