Port of Bundaberg
|Port of Bundaberg|
|Location||20 kilometres northeast of Bundaberg|
|Owned by||Gladstone Ports Corporation|
|Type of harbor||Natural|
|Annual cargo tonnage||266,192 (2008-09)|
Port of Bundaberg is located at Burnett Heads, 20 kilometres (12 mi) northeast of the city of Bundaberg, 5.6 nautical miles from the mouth of the Burnett River. The port is a destination for ships from Australia and overseas. It is predominantly used for shipping raw sugar and other goods related to that industry such as Bundaberg Rum and molasses. Bundaberg Port is wholly owned and managed by the Gladstone Ports Corporation.
Bulk raw sugar can be stored in two large sheds which are loaded via a travelling gantry loader. Bulk molasses is stored in three tanks and are loaded via a pipeline. Ship size is limited to 200 m in length overall. There are two berths.
Port facilities began in the town reach of the Burnett River. This site became unsuitable for larger bulk ships. The port moved to the mouth of the river and was opened in 1958. In late December 2010, the port was closed due to the flooding of the Burnett River during the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. Emergency dredging occurred the following February to re-open the port, which was opened on 4 March 2011.
- "Port Procedures and Information for Shipping – Bundaberg". Department of Transport and Main Roads. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- "Port Description" (PDF). Port Procedures and Information for Shipping – Port of Bundaberg. Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- "History". Gladstone Ports Corporation. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- Jackson Vernon & Penny Timms (31 December 2010). "Floods close Bundaberg port indefinitely". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- "Dredging work begins at Bundaberg Port". Dredging News Online. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- Jackson Vernon (4 March 2011). "Bundaberg Port reopens after floods". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
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