A shipment of more than 300 containers has left Port of Mackay carrying steel from a dismantled trestle from the nearby Hay Point Coal Terminal.
North Queensland Bulk Ports said it was the first such containerised cargo to go through the port for many years.
The containers are bound for Indonesia, where the material will be melted down and turned into reinforcing material for use in construction.
North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said it was another significant project for the port.
“We’re proud to have partnered with BMA, Seaway Group, BBC Chartering, Northern Stevedoring Services and Central Queensland business Walz Group with this local project, supporting local jobs,” Mr Fertin said.
“The movement of these containers again demonstrates the Port of Mackay’s capacity; it’s very much ‘open for business’ as a port of choice for the region.
“NQBP continues to facilitate transitioning trade opportunities to appeal to current and emerging customers.”
Prior to shipment, the 308 containers, weighing 6000 tonnes tonnes and covering a surface area of 11,795 cubic metres were stationed at the port’s lay down area.
This was after they were transported 40km via truck from Hay Point, where BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has undertaken work to decommission an old trestle and conveyor.
The containers were loaded onto BBC Chartering’s multi-purpose vessel BBC Austria.
BBC Chartering managing director, Australia, Mauro Capano said the company was proud to again display the versatility of its world-leading multi-purpose vessels.
“We are proud to support especially the Australian mining industry with our knowledge and expertise of over-sized and heavy weight cargo,” he said.
“We believe that one size does not fit all and work on specialized solutions for each and every one of our customers.”
BBC Chartering vessels docked at Mackay seven times in 2019, with seven more visiting the port from January to August this year.