The Fitzroy Coal Terminal at Port Alma is set to use a new and innovative loading technique if it gets the go ahead from the government.
Under the plan, the berthing system required for large coal ships will be changed, meaning very little dredging will be required.
At a conference yesterday, Fitzroy Terminal project manager Peter MacTaggart said the system would use the “trans-shipper base concept,” The Observer reported.
This means that the terminal will employ a floating coal loader which will attach itself to the side of a visiting ship, and instead of having a large jetty where the coal is loaded, barges of coal will be loaded on the mainland and then transported to the floating device.
MacTaggart said the port would only require about 200,000 cubic metres of dredging because the new system can be used further offshore.
The proposed terminal is set to have to the capacity to export 22 million tonnes of coal per annum.