GLADSTONE Ports Corporation welcomed the ANL Kokoda – the first call of the ship in the port.
The vessel operates on ANL’s Asia PNG Express service, which has recently been expanded to include a regular Gladstone call.
GPC CEO Craig Haymes said the announcement of the service’s new tender is a step towards making Gladstone the port of choice for containerized cargo in central Queensland.
“The importance of direct connections to key regional ports is critical for us as we look to the future,” he said.
“The growth in containerized shipping has tremendous potential for job growth and consequent economic benefits for the community of Gladstone and other CQ regions. We are fully committed to further developing and improving the container trade.”
According to GPC, ANL’s service has expanded from an initial monthly service to a bi-weekly service.
Ashley Dinning, GP’s executive general manager for trade and development, said the service underscores the port’s potential to become a regional container hub.
“There are so many opportunities for GPC and we are excited to partner with ANL,” he said.
“This is an important first step in our expansion into new and emerging commodities.”
Mr Dinning said the port has ample land and plans to develop a warehouse district.
“The land we have is either at the dock or near the dock, which is ideal for an efficient container terminal,” he said.