Port Waratah to Update Shiploaders

After loading more than 300 million tonnes of coal over the past 40 years, the hard working shiploaders at Port Waratah Coal Services’ Carrington terminal are about to be replaced.

With the machines nearing the end of their lifespan, the shiploaders will be replaced by two new machines in an investment in the reliability, safety and performance of Port Waratah’s Carrington Terminal. Due to the sheer size of this infrastructure, the replacement project is a major feat of complex engineering and logistics, said the Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy.

“The shiploaders have been fabricated off-site and will be brought into the Port of Newcastle by water over the weekend.” Mr du Plooy said. “Over the period of a week we will lift the new shiploaders onto the wharf. The three existing shiploaders will be removed during the commissioning phase, and will be dismantled offsite.

“Commissioning and integration into the operation will take about five months and we expect to resume normal operations at Carrington by the end of the year. Our operations on Kooragang Island will be unaffected.

“This is a complicated project and keeping our neighbours, partners and the Newcastle community informed of our plans is important to us. It is also exciting news for us, because although the capacity of Carrington is not changing, these new shiploaders have been built to modern safety, environmental and technological standards.”

While the new shiploaders were manufactured overseas, Port Waratah has been committed to also contributing to the local economy. The project is managed by a locally based team, with $22 million spent in Australia (and $9 million locally) on products and services including engineering, training, quality assurance, construction management, water and electrical systems.

Port Waratah already maintains exacting standards for air quality, noise and water management - including meeting relevant environmental licence requirements - and meeting those standards while delivering this project is a core project objective.

Residents wishing to find out more can contact the project team in the following ways:

P:          (02) 4907 2280 (24-hr Community Enquiries Line)

E:          contact_us@pwcs.com.au

P:          PO BOX 57 Carrington, NSW 2294

W:        pwcs.com.au

Media contact: Mark Baker 0407340174