Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) is planning a $6 million fender upgrade at Auckland Point Terminal to future-proof the facility, boost shipping operations and accommodate larger bulk carriers.

The project will include new marine pylons, buffer and securing equipment to replace the old structure and extend the life of one of Gladstone’s oldest wharves.

Horses and cattle were originally exported through the facility before coal was loaded onto ships from Auckland Point Berth 1, when operations began around the 1920s.

Auckland Point Wharf 1 was Gladstone’s central coal export facility, exporting coal from Moura to Japan in the 1950s before coal exports relocated to RG Tanna Coal Terminal.

In early-2020, two ship loaders were decommissioned from the Auckland Point wharf after more than 100-years of service between them.

The Wharf is now a prominent feature of East Shores 1B.

Acting CEO, Craig Walker, said GPC’s vision is to diversify and future-proof the port and the region.

“The fender upgrade is part of several improvement projects set to develop and support the economic growth of the region,” Mr Walker said.

“Our Auckland Point wharves continue to be used for importing and exporting commodities like dry bulk, general cargo, grain, containers and bulk liquids and these upgrades will accelerate what we do and sustain our operations into the future.”

Mr Walker said it was an exciting opportunity for the port.

“We are expecting works to commence around March next year,” Mr Walker said.

The project is just one of the upgrades planned for Auckland Point Berth 1, wharf strengthening is also in the pipeline.

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