Mar 08, 2016

Townsville shipshape for trade growth

Townsville shipshape for trade growth

Container vessel Kota Nasrat has docked in Townsville for the first time as Mariana Express Lines continues to expand its Asia North Australia (ANA) service.

Mariana Express Lines started the ANA service between Asia, Townsville and Darwin in 2009 and the service quickly grew to include more ports.

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) general manager trade and property Claudia Brumme-Smith said the addition of Kota Nasrat to the Townsville service demonstrated confidence in the future of the Port of Townsville and the growth outlook for northern Queensland.

“New ships servicing the route between Townsville and Asia mean North Queensland residents and businesses between Cairns and Mackay, as well as out to Mount Isa, can receive the products they need for everyday living and trade faster and more efficiently, without additional road or rail freight costs that apply when entering Australian ports further south,” Ms Brumme-Smith said.

“POTL and the stevedoring companies that operate in Townsville have made significant investments, and will continue to do so, to attract container trade for Northern Australia to Townsville.

“Increased berth capacity, improved container handling equipment and integrated transport solutions are key factors in ensuring that container services such as Mariana’s ANA continue to connect our region with the world.”

Built in 2008, the 21,000-tonne Kota Nasrat is the first Pacific International Lines (PIL) vessel to be phased into Mariana’s Australian service.