The Port of Townsville could be the key to growing the city’s economic potential, with a shipment of frozen beef leaving the port for the first time in over a decade.
Trade and Business Development manager at the Port, Maria James said exporting frozen beef was a key component in the Port’s refridgerated container growth strategy as the closest port for Asian markets and was one of several targeted projects.
“This is a great initiative and follows the recent refridgerated melon trail from the Port of Townsville which has wide-ranging implications for the regions growers by boosting the capacity and sustainability of North Queensland’s horticultural sector.”
Undertaking the Port of Townsville trial as a northern supply chain alternative is Mackay abattoir, Thomas Borthwick & Sons (Australia) Pty Ltd. The abottoir processes around 2,400 head of cattle a week, mainly for Chinese and Japanese markets, and exports about 30 containers a week.
Borthwick’s General Manager, Jason Delaney said the reintroduction of frozen beef exports holds massive long-term potential and the close proximity to Townsville provides the company with the flexibility and services to get a better turnaround.
The frozen beef was transported to Townsville by road from the logistics provider, Qube Holdings. The shipment was then loaded on board ANL vessel Bomar Spring for export to Singapore and Jakarta by supply chain management provide, Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS).
Member for Townsville, Scott Stewart said the trial would continue to build on what was a solid trade result for the Port in the last financial year, bringing Government investments.
“It’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing in a $193 million upgrade to the port channel, $40 million Berth upgrade and $48 million intermodal facility” Mr Stewart said.