Flinders Logistics and OZ Minerals won the award for Bulk Handling Facility of the Year (Resources and Infrastructure) at the 2014 Australian Bulk Handling Awards in Sydney on 6 November. The award was given in recognition of a collaboration between the companies, which has produced improvements in the storage and loading of copper concentrates at Berth 29 in Port Adelaide.
Mr Andrew Pellizzari, General Manager of Flinders Logistics said, “We are honoured to win the ‘Bulk Handling Facility of the Year’ award in partnership with OZ Minerals. Peer recognition at a national level, which acknowledges our Berth 29 facility in Port Adelaide is certainly a privilege.”
The judging panel for the Australian Bulk Handling Awards reviewed Flinders Logistics’ and OZ Minerals’ upgrades at Berth 29. These covered the use of rail, a new, more efficient fan misting system for dust suppression, the elimination of high-risk manual handling and major improvements to storm water management at the facility.
“It has been a great experience to work with OZ Minerals on these environmental and safety initiatives. As a business we have reflected on how we do things and have consolidated our core competencies as a result,” said Mr Pellizzari.
The judges singled out OZ Minerals’ and Flinders Logistics’ approach to environmental management and safety for special praise. The use of new technology to provide clever solutions across the supply chain, and the continuous improvement of the dust suppression system at the Berth 29 facility were considered as exceptional in the bulk handling sector.
Flinders Logistics teamed up with OZ Minerals in 2012 when they worked together to improve the pit-to-ship supply chain for copper concentrates from OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine.
“Now the technology at Berth 29 is tried and tested so we know our operations are clean, safe and efficient. We’ve been able to roll these innovations out to other mining clients, and sites beyond Port Adelaide, which has benefitted our entire customer base,” said Mr Pellizzari.
About OZ Minerals
OZ Minerals is an Australian-based modern mining company with a focus on copper. OZ Minerals owns the Prominent Hill copper-gold mine and Carrapateena copper-gold project, both situated in South Australia. The Prominent Hill operation consists of the Malu open pit, Ankata underground and Malu underground. Prominent Hill produces copper concentrate, containing copper, gold and silver, which is sold to customers in Asia and Europe.
About Flinders Logistics
Flinders Logistics was formed to offer mining customers a logistics service that is people safe and environmentally sound, yet cost effective. Operations started with the launch of a pioneering containerised storage, transport and vessel loading system for mineral bulk out of Port Adelaide. Formed in 2012, 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.