BMA ships construction material from Hay Point

Image: North Queensland Bulk Ports

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has shipped more than 300 containers of trestles and conveyors from its Hay Point coal terminal in Queensland.

The containers contain steel dismantled from the old trestles over several years and are heading to Indonesia to be melted down and turned into material used in construction.

Weighing 6000 tonnes and covering a surface area of 11,795 cubic metres, the containers were transported 40 kilometres via truck from Hay Point.

North Queensland Bulk Ports chief executive Nicolas Fertin said BMA had partnered with Seaway Group, BBC Chartering, Northern Stevedoring Services and Walz Group in this local project.

BMA’s Hay Point Coal Terminal general manager Melissa Johnson said that it had been an extensive project to safely dismantle and remove the original 1.8 kilometre trestle and conveyor at Hay Point Coal Terminal since works began in 2016.

“We are thrilled to see the project completed with the highest priority given to the safety of those involved, and protection of the marine environment,” she said.

Seaway Group project manager for the shipment, David Van Reemst added that there was a substantial amount of planning that had gone into exporting this volume of containers as the berth was not frequently used for containerised cargo.

“The process was to road freight the containers from Hay Point to Mackay in a single combined parcel to provide a reduction in total road and rail movements, whilst also delivering a safe and cost-effective outcome,” he said.

The containers were loaded onto BBC Chartering’s multi-purpose vessel BBC Austria.

“We are proud to support especially the Australian mining industry with our knowledge and expertise of over-sized and heavy weight cargo. We believe that one size does not fit all and work on specialised solutions for each and every one of our customers,” BBC Chartering managing director Mauro Capano said.

BBC Chartering vessels docked at Mackay seven times last year.

The Hay Point coal terminal was opened in 1971 and has seen more than a billion tonnes of coal passing through it as of 2015.

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