DPW in final three for Townsville bid

In the running: DP World Australia has been named one of final three proponents for the Berth 4 upgrade development at Townsville In the running: DP World Australia has been named one of final three proponents for the Berth 4 upgrade development at Townsville

DP World Australia has been named one of three proponents to progress on to the next stage of the Port of Townsville’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Berth 4 upgrade development.

The other proponents in the running are Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) and Townsville Bulk Storage Handling, which have also been invited to submit final proposals to operate the terminal.

“The number and quality of submissions received shows the strong industry confidence in Townsville’s future economic growth potential, and the role the port will play in growing Northern Australia,” said Curtis Pitt, Queensland Treasurer.

Ports Minister Mark Bailey added that the upgrade of Berth 4 would double Townsville Port’s container trade capacity.

The successful operator of the berth will invest in state-of-the-art cranes and cargo terminal areas, will increase the number of shipping lines calling Townsville and ensure terminal operations are nationally competitive.

DP World said the Berth 4 upgrade development would present DP World Australia with an opportunity to expand the Australian network, position the company to support potential growth of customers and develop existing links to Asia.

The Port of Townsville is a vital and strategic trading port for North Queensland and is Northern Australia's largest general cargo and container port.

Construction work commenced in April 2016 and is planned for completion in December 2017.

Submissions from the shortlisted parties are due in April 2017, with a preferred terminal operator expected to be selected by June 2017.

The successful bidder should move in by the end of the year.

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