Port of Brisbane News September 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021




Welcome to this month's edition of Port News. 

I would like to start by thanking Roy Cummins who tendered his resignation last month. Over six years as CEO, Roy oversaw many transformative projects and important initiatives that benefitted both PBPL and the broader Port of Brisbane community.

There's plenty of activity happening across the Port including strong volumes in our bulk cereal export sector and development activity across several port precincts for new customer facilities.

It also gives me great pleasure to announce that Foodbank Queensland is PBPL's 2021/22 Employee Charity.

If you would like more information about anything in this edition of Port of Brisbane News, please contact us.


The bulk cereal export sector has continued the solid growth experienced last financial year with 141,553 tonnes shipped in July - a 49.4% year-on-year increase. Favourable weather conditions resulted in an increase of wheat and sorghum tonnages, as well as the resumption of cotton seed shipments - the first since 2014. 

The climatic outlook remains positive for cotton production and demand from the cattle feed industry is anticipated to continue to subside; this means we expect to see cotton seed shipments continue this financial year.

To find out more about trade through the Port, please refer to our 
monthly trade reports.


The new TNS facility at Port Gate is now in the pre-construction phase, with McNab the project's Principal Contractor. Construction will commence from late-September, with completion scheduled for late-February 2022.

Works on the Wallace International facility in our Port West Industrial Estate is moving at pace with the completion of earthworks, inground stormwater and services, as well as the concrete lower wall panels.

For more information about Port property, head to our website.


Congratulations to Patrick Terminals and Cindicium - announced as a finalist in the 2021 NSCA Foundation's National Safety Awards of Excellence for the Pondus weighing solution.

The Pondus weighing initiative was devised to help identify mis-declared container weights and enable parties to better meet their Chain of Responsibility obligations, helping to drive safety across the supply chain. The awards will be announced on 8 December 2021. Good luck!

Read more about Pondus weighing solution here.


Recently there has been an increase in poor driver behaviour including speeding and distracted driving on port roads which have led to several accidents.

Every day, thousands of cars and heavy vehicles use port roads and it's critical that all motorists adhere to the road rules. We will continue to work with the Queensland Police Service and other authorities to improve road safety.

If you see a dangerous driver on Port roads or any road, you can 
report dangerous driving online or phone 13 HOON (13 46 66).

If you have any other questions, please contact PBPL's Health and Safety Manager, Tony Smith on 0419 786 108.


A big shout out to our TSHD Brisbane crew who have come onboard as Containers for Change champions.

Commencing in February 2020, they've done an amazing job by diverting glass, aluminium and clear PET plastic drink containers from ending up in landfill in support of PBPL's 2020/21 charity partner, Friends with Dignity. 

Since the start of the program in 2018, PBPL has raised over $3,100 and saved 31,646 containers from going to landfill.

A particular thank you to those customers who have worked with us to establish the 
Containers for Change initiative at their operations.

If you're interested in implementing this at your worksite, our Environment Team can work with you to set up the collection point in your depot/office and collect the containers every month.  Contact Environment Coordinator, Penelope Webster for details.


PBPL welcomed HMAS Choules to the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal last month, the first vessel to use the Terminal.

The vessel docked in Brisbane for five days before returning to Sydney.  We are pleased to assist the Navy and wish them well for their onwards journey.


This year, more than 150 people from across the Port community tuned in to our annual Safety 1 Forum. Themed 'Resilience and the new normal', the event focused on how companies and individuals have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Health and Safety Champions – you can view the recipients here.

A special thanks to our sponsors – IOR, Chevron, Patrick and QUBE for sharing our commitment to health and safety and helping to make the event possible.

If you would like to view the Forum, please view here.


This year, PBPL employees have voted for Foodbank Queensland to be its 2021/22 Employee Charity. It's a cause close to many employee's hearts with many volunteering during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.

Foodbank is the largest hunger relief charity in Australia providing food for 815,000 Australians each month.  Almost 1 in 5 Australians experience food insecurity each year.

Last year, PBPL employees raised over $30,000 for its 2020/21 Employee Charity, Friends with Dignity. We are aiming big again this year!

For more information about the great work Foodbank Queensland does, head to their


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