Over the past four decades, Port Waratah has been part of Newcastle’s thriving coal chain. We own and manage the Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals, with a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). We have approximately 340 employees working across our business, operating our terminals 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Port Waratah is an unlisted, public company, whose main purpose is to deliver a high quality, cost-effective service to our customers which meets their need for reliable and equitable access to export terminal capacity.
Our shareholders are made up of a mixture of Hunter Valley coal producers and Japanese coal customers, who are represented by a Board of Directors. The Board determines and monitors the strategic direction of the organisation, reviewing and supporting us to meet our legal and social responsibilities. The Audit and Risk and Health, Safety and Environment Board Sub-Committees provide specific focus on compliance and effective, safe operations.
We implement a comprehensive internal audit programme, which is aimed at confirming that the governance processes are achieving their objectives. Port Waratah is also subject to external financial, health and safety, and environmental audits. We have worked hard to establish and maintain our Environmental Management System and Health and Safety Management Systems to relevant ISO certification standards.
Due to the unique nature of Port Waratah’s business many aspects of our operations are regulated or licenced by government agencies. We work closely with a number of government agencies including the ACCC, NSW Port Authority, WorkCover and NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We work in partnership with authorities such as the Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service to ensure our compliance with maritime security legislation.
Both the Kooragang and Carrington Terminals operate under Environmental Protection Licences (EPL) which are issued and regulated by the NSW EPA. The Licences outline the expectations placed on Port Waratah in order to minimise our impact on the environment and the community. As part of the recent Kooragang Expansion Project, the Kooragang Terminal also operates under a number of consent conditions issued by the NSW Department of Planning. To find out more about Port Waratah’s environmental management system and licencing requirements please visit our Community & Environment section.
Port Waratah is proud to be an active member of the Newcastle Community. We understand that the community’s expectations of our operations can sometimes be different to our corporate or regulatory requirements. We actively seek to understand the community’s expectations of us through biennial community surveys, our community terminal meetings and by building strong relationships with different sectors of the community. It’s from this feedback that we aim to continuously improve our environmental performance, contribute to the local economy by buying and employing locally, support sustainability and resilience of our community though the Community Investment and Partnership Programme.
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