As one of the largest coal export ports in the world, the Port of Hay Point is a vital part of the social and economic fabric of both Mackay and Queensland, more broadly.
Two separate coal terminals at the port, Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT) and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), service coal mines in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The mines link to the terminals via an integrated rail-port network.
The port has expanded significantly over the past 20 years and now primarily exports metallurgical coal, a key resource in the steel-making process.
A tight-knit community resides in Hay Point, about 40 kilometres south of Mackay. While the port is the key feature of the town (there's even a look out from the Port Administration building), locals benefit from a tropical beachside lifestyle. Residents and port workers have unparalleled access to enjoy some of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes.
The Port of Hay Point comprises two separate coal export terminals: Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT), which is leased from the state government by DBCT Management Pty Ltd, and Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT), which is owned by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and operated by Hay Point Services.
Port capability includes:
NQBP operates the Half Tide Tug Harbour Marine Operating Facility (HTTH MOF), a safe location for the short, medium and long-term basing of barges and other marine support equipment. There are three loading facilities at the port’s MOF. The Lay Down/Hardstand Areas of the MOF are available for storage by arrangement only, and fees and/or charges apply.
Growth at Port of Hay Point is expected to continue to meet industry demand.
The Hay Point Marine Offloading Facility infrastructure project is complete and open for business.
We continue to build a better port to service stakeholder requirements.
We have spent more than 12 months undertaking detailed studies and engaging with a range of stakeholders to understand the source of sediment and appropriate disposal options for natural accumulation at the Port of Hay Point. Left unmanaged, natural sedimentation is a safety risk. It fills up navigational infrastructure such as channels, berth pockets, swing basins and aprons, impacting the depth necessary for safe loading, manoeuvring and transit of ships.
By taking a structured, value-based, decision-making process, we have arrived at a safe, efficient and sustainable solution for keeping the Port of Hay Point open for business. Our Port of Hay Point Sustainable Sediment Management (SSM) Assessment of Navigational Infrastructure was peer reviewed and is considered world's best practice. It weighed up all possible options for sediment management and determined that offshore disposal of sediment material from maintenance dredging is the most sustainable option.
We have provided a long-term framework for proactive sediment management and we are now in the process of applying for a long-term government permit to undertake maintenance dredging at the Port of Hay Point in accordance with our findings.
We oversee a variety of services to support the ongoing safe and efficient operations of the port. These might include tasks like managing water and waste, coordinating dredging or maintaining the tug harbour, among other responsibilities.
We also support operations at the port through the provision of pilotage services.
We demonstrate our commitment to the Hay Point community by supporting local organisations and events, such as Sarina Beach Coconut Festival and swimming lessons at Alligator Creek State School.
Moreover, the Hay Point Community Reference Group (CRG) provides a forum for locals to discuss topics relevant to operations, development and planning activities within the Port of Hay Point.
The port is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and we take our stewardship role seriously. We are privileged to operate in such a beautiful part of the world and our environmental program supports our long-term approach to doing business in the region.
Specific areas of conservation significance in the vicinity include the Mount Hector Conservation Park, Lake Barfield and Sandringham Bay.
NQBP is a statutory authority for assessing development on port land, and we strongly emphasise understanding the environmental values in and around our port area to inform how we best assess and manage development.