Port of Townsville

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Port of Townsville
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Country Australia
Location Townsville, Queensland
Opened 1863
Operated by Townsville Port Authority
Available berths 9
Chief Executive Barry Holden
Chairman Ross Dunning
Annual cargo tonnage 11,020,000

Port of Townsville is a government-owned company and seaport in Townsville, Queensland. It is the third largest seaport in Queensland after Port of Brisbane and the Central Queensland Port in Gladstone. It is located south of the mouth of Ross Creek and north of the Ross River. A second seaport, which only exports sugar is found about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Townsville at Lucinda and is also managed by the Port of Townsville.[1]

Port of Townsville in North Queensland

Port of Townsville handles numerous imports and exports mainly mineral ores, fertiliser, concentrates, sugar and motor vehicles. Occasionally the port will export small amounts of metallurgical coke for Xstrata.[2]

It also handles visiting US Navy and RAN ships usually picking up soldiers or rest and recuperation in Townsville. The port is able to handle four Panamax vessels at any consecutive time.


A wharf was first constructed at this location in 1863.[3] In July 2010, the port shipped the first iron ore to depart from the East Coast of Australia since the 1800s.[4] In August 2012, it was reported that the port was operating at about one third of its capacity.[5]


At Townsville the port is undergoing an expansion. Two new berths are being built, including Townsville’s first dedicated cruise ship terminal.[1] Construction work began in January 2012.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Port of Townsville Limited". Department of Transport and Main Roads. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Greg Roberts (31 May 201). "Port of Townsville mulls coal export expansion". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 9 August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Port Information". Port of Townsville. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Josh Bavas (13 July 2010). "Iron ore shipment leaves Townsville port". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Charlie McKillop (8 August 2012). "No beef with Townsville port, but regional mayors demand change". ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Josh Bavas (13 January 2012). "Townsville port expansion to allow bigger ships". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 19°14′56.75″S 146°50′11.81″E / 19.2490972°S 146.8366139°E / -19.2490972; 146.8366139