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Darwin: Australia's Cargo Gateway to Asia

Darwin: Australia's Cargo Gateway to Asia

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Published by Fran Molloy
This feature for international cargo magazine 'Breakbulk' looks at the Port of Darwin and the rapid changes it has gone through over the last decade, since the opening of the Adelaide to Darwin rail link in 2004. Cattle export controversies, the $34 billion LNG processing plant and import of renewable energy power plant equipment all feature in this 800 word article.
This feature for international cargo magazine 'Breakbulk' looks at the Port of Darwin and the rapid changes it has gone through over the last decade, since the opening of the Adelaide to Darwin rail link in 2004. Cattle export controversies, the $34 billion LNG processing plant and import of renewable energy power plant equipment all feature in this 800 word article.

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MARCH-APRIL 2013
Kid-Glove Transport
Debating African Cabotage
Independent MPV 
Piece By Piece
MELTDOWN?
Falling prices, new lawsthreaten mining boom
 
 
CONTENTS
4
BREAKBULK MAGAZINE www.breakbulk.com
6Editorial
 34Shipping Trends46Security
 56Best Practices: Ship Agency
58Commodities
 61Breakbulk Index
8MONGOLIAMELTDOWN?
New laws threatenmining boom.
14
ENVIRONMENT
KID GLOVE TRANSPORT
Working with ruralcommunities in Peru, Brazil.
22
SHIPPING TRENDS
SOUTH AFRICAPUSHES CABOTAGE
SAMSA wants all-African flags.
28
PORT FOCUS
FORECAST CLOUDY,BUT CLEARING
Uncertain times for Tianjin Port.
37
EXECUTIVE PROFILE
INDEPENDENT MPV
Knuttel leads new Safmarine unit.
42
CARRIER PROFILE
CAR CARRIERGOES HYBRID
Höegh Autoliners diversifies.
72
CARGO LENS
THYSSENKRUPP MIREDIN THE AMERICAS
Alabama, Brazil plants closer to sale.
76
MARKET SPOTLIGHT
AUSTRALIAN GATEWAY 
Darwin Port swells with breakbulk cargo.
MARCH-APRIL 2013
COVER
 
STORY
 
MARCH-APRIL 201376
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he Port of Darwin has grown inrecent years from a pioneer out-post into an important gatewayto Southeast Asia. It is also astrategic defense port.Closer to Dili in Timor-Leste, EastJava in Indonesia and Port Moresby inPapua New Guinea than it is to Sydney,the port has undergone major changes inthe last decade.“The change in this port in the lastve years has been dramatic,” saidMelissa Reiter, general manager forcorporate services at Darwin Port Corp.“Over 90 percent of our trade is for theAsian market. We’ve denitely becomeAustralia’s gateway to Asia.”
Ichthys LNG Plant
The most signicant project toimpact Darwin in recent years is theIchthys liqueed natural gas process-ing plant. The joint venture betweenJapanese-owned Inpex and French-owned Total is estimated to cost aboutAUD$34.3 billion (US$35 billion) during its 40-year life.The plant will pipe gas and conden-sate from the Browse Basin offshore fromWestern Australia’s Kimberley region.Some of the gas will be processed off-shore and exported, while the remainderwill be piped to the onshore processing facility under construction in Darwin.The project is causing a substantialincrease in cargo volumes across EastArm Wharf, including shipments of prefabricated units for worker accom-modations. Port ofcials are expecting shipments all year of building materialsfor the construction of the LNG plant,along with large pipes for laying theunderwater pipeline.“Darwin Port is strategically posi-tioned to service northern Australia’sincreasing trade with Southeast Asia,”said Adam Giles, transport and infra-structure minister for the NorthernTerritory government in Australia.The Darwin area also includes theports of Gove and Alyangula, which bothhandle commodities exports.
 
Darwin swells withSoutheast Asia cargo
By Fran Molloy
A power stationcomponent moves out of the Port of Darwinbound for Alice Springs,a 1,500-kilometer trip.
Darwin Port Corp.
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