Transhipment Services Australia was contracted by Metro Mining to design, procure and construct their loading facilities and provide transhipment services for their Bauxite Hills Project located on Cape York Peninsula, 90km north of Weipa in Far North Queensland.
The Project includes an open cut mining operation, haul roads, Barge Loading Facility, tug and barge operation, ship loading transhipment. It will produce up to 6 million tonnes per annum of bauxite ore over a 15 year project life.
Scope of Work
At the project development stage, TSA was contracted to design and project manage the procurement, construction and commissioning of the Barge Loading Facility, a Material Offloading Facility, cyclone mooring, navigation aids, and a crew transfer jetty. TSA also undertook all the marine construction scope, bed levelling and conducted channel hydrographic and environmental surveys.. This all required significant liaison with the relevant marine authorities, port authorities, and the client to ensure suitable, fit for purpose and compliant product loading facilities and marine facilities were in place on time and within budget.
Now in operation, TSA, in partnership with indigenous personnel company Dadaru, is contracted to provide transhipment services for 3.5 million tonnes of bauxite ore per year, loading bulk ore carriers of up to 75,000mt per ship. Production volumes are expected to grow to 6 million tonnes by 2021. TSA’s barge and vessel fleet is set to expand at rates to support the ramp up of production volumes.
In addition to product loading, stevedoring and tug and barge transhipment operations, TSA also provides pilotage and loadmaster services, and manages routine maintenance of marine and port assets for Metro Mining.
TSA’s partnership with Metro Mining from the initial project development and construction ensured that a reliable and fit-for-purpose loading facility was built. This has been critical to the success of the transhipping operations, as TSA is now the primary contractor for all shiploading operations on behalf of Metro Mining.
This project demonstrates TSA’s proven and current capability and track record in delivering safe, reliable and efficient barge loading facilities and tug and barge transhipment operations.