The Port of Weipa handles more than 30 million tonnes of product per annum, most of which is bauxite.
Rio Tinto’s world leading operations at the port include major onshore bauxite handling, processing and stockpiling facilities. Its conveyors run to two wharves, Lorim Point East and Lorim Point West for ship loading. Two other wharves, Humbug Wharf and Evans Landing Wharf, handle a variety of commodities including general cargo, fuel and live cattle.
Weipa is a coastal town of approximately 3,500 people, making it the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula. It’s situated around 200 kilometres from the tip of Australia.
The Port of Weipa is economically significant to the local township and broader region. Despite the distance from capital cities, Weipa is a vibrant town with many modern conveniences.
As a critical gateway to the thriving Asia Pacific business region, the Port of Weipa is well-placed to meet your import and export needs.
In recent years, the port has benefited from considerable private and public sector infrastructure investment, and we continue to seek growth opportunities by identifying additional laydown capacity and trade development potential at the port.
Recent discussions have centred on the potential for local farmers to trade cattle through Weipa, timber exporting, agricultural commodity exports with the sealing of the Port Development Road, and smaller bauxite and mineral sands projects.
We are committed to a sustainable future for the Port of Weipa, local business and residents. As such, we continue to look for opportunities to support local development.
Rio Tinto is proceeding with the Amrun Project, which will see the expansion of its bauxite reserves south of the Embley River and new port facilities constructed at Boyd Point. This project is expected to commence production and export by mid-2019.
In conjunction with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Weipa Town Authority and Rio Tinto, NQBP completed the Evans Landing public boat ramp. We donated the land and committed $600,000 to construct the boat ramp and pontoons. The project also delivered a 53 boat and car space bitumen car park, including concrete kerb and guttering, and lighting for operational areas.
Our dredge management program is an integral part of the port’s success. Each year for more than 30 years, NQBP has undertaken dredging works in the Port of Weipa to maintain safe and navigable depths for port users. This program is carried out according to stringent environmental guidelines and under the guidance of the Weipa Technical, Advisory and Consultative Committee (TACC).
As a port authority, NQBP is responsible for strategic planning; business and infrastructure development; environmental management; security and safety; efficiency; and maintaining navigable port depths for shipping.
As the port authority for the Port of Weipa, NQBP is committed to working in the best interests of the region’s wider community and supporting a range of business enterprises. Read more about our Community Engagement Program.
Coastal areas surrounding Weipa include seagrass beds, mangrove communities, soft bottom habitats, fisheries resources, inter-tidal sand and mud flats, and rocky reefs. These habitats are productive and support a diversity of animals and plants including some species which are valuable to commercial fisheries and some which have high conservation value.
While sustainable development of the port is essential to the region’s prosperity, we are committed to the protection of the region’s diverse wildlife and abundant natural resources.
*NQBP continue to work within stringent environmental guidelines to ensure safe navigable shipping corridors to and from the port.