Increasing demand from South Australian miners for export services has led to the commissioning of a brand new Terex Gottwald mobile harbour crane at Port Adelaide. The purchase follows a five-year program of infrastructure upgrades at Port Adelaide’s Berth 29. Having invested around $50 million into new hard stand, sheds and rail infrastructure, the new crane is a further upgrade for the Flinders Port Holdings group’s Port Adelaide intermodal bulk handling facility.
The crane will work in tandem with an existing mobile harbour crane. Mining customers will gain through increased productivity as a result of fewer stoppages and less time in port for ships carrying South Australian bulk minerals.
“Efficiency in port is crucial for customers, because of its impact on supply chain costs. We commissioned this latest crane to raise the bar on service levels industry-wide,” said Andrew Pellizzari, General Manager of Flinders Logistics.
Investment in the new crane follows recent purchases of two additional Terberg Terminal tractors and two new Kalmar reach stackers. These big ticket items will be deployed for the Enclosed Bulk System, an environmentally sound system for transporting and loading minerals in containers, pioneered in South Australia by Flinders Logistics.
The company is channelling investment into new equipment in response to client demand related to South Australia’s burgeoning mineral exports, with tonnages having more than quadrupled for Flinders Logistics since 2012.
Flinders Logistics has won numerous awards for its environmental, safety and transport innovations in recent years, which have also had a focus on efficiency improvements.
“We’ve pushed the envelope to raise environmental and safety standards. Challenging industry expectations on productivity is vital. Delivering greater efficiency in the supply chain will mean greater competitiveness for Australian miners in the global market,” said Mr Pellizzari.
About Flinders Logistics
Flinders Logistics was formed to offer mining customers a logistics service that is people safe and environmentally sound, yet cost effective. Its customers include IMX Resources, OZ Minerals, Hillgrove Copper and Cristal Mining. Operations started in 2010 with IMX Resources’ Cairn Hill Mine and the launch of a pioneering containerised storage, transport and vessel loading system for mineral bulk out of Port Adelaide. Flinders Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Flinders Port Holdings Pty Ltd, the group led by Mr Vincent Tremaine, Chief Executive Officer. Flinders Port Holdings is the holding company for the group’s ports, port management, logistics, container terminal, property and Spencer Gulf Marine Services businesses.