Australia’s port of Newcastle is set to release two tenders to advance the construction of its Mayfield multipurpose cargo handling facility.
“The release of these tenders for land and water-side construction works again reinforces the port’s commitment to future adaption and another milestone that will go down in the port’s history books as a key step-change in our diversification journey,” said the port’s ceo Craig Carmody.
“Mayfield Precinct is a 90-ha parcel of extensively remediated port-side land and these tenders will give new life and purpose to the former BHP Steelworks site, supporting the creation of the Mayfield Precinct multipurpose cargo handling facility, and enabling the port to diversify its trade and support the Hunter and New South Wales (NSW) economy through improving existing supply chain efficiency.”
The tender works will support the port’s investment in two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, which are currently being constructed in Germany and are due for arrival in Newcastle during July 2022.
Port of Newcastle executive manager projects and assets, Glenn Thornton, said that it is seeking to develop a portion of the Mayfield site for expanded activities in order to accommodate a diverse range of cargo handling infrastructure and grow new and existing trades.
The multi-million dollar investments will further enhance the port’s existing project cargo, general cargo and container handling capability and efficiency.
Carmody continued: “As the world’s largest coal port, we know that diversification is not an option for us, it is a must do, and as such, we are forging forward. Our diversification is critical to ensure we can create a strong, thriving port that will continue to support local jobs and the economic prosperity of NSW and the Hunter region for generations to come. To do this we must realise projects now.”