Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH) is a separate venture located at the Port of Brisbane. It is a multi-user facility with the capacity to export 10 million tonnes per annum of coal and is Brisbane’s leading coal export terminal. It has an international reputation as one of the nation’s most reliable, efficient and quality assured facilities. In 2012, it exported a record 8.67 million tonnes – a 33% increase on past performance.
QBH is a long-standing member of the community and a business success story for South East Queensland. In 2013, QBH celebrated 30 years of operation.
The state-of-the-art loading systems, and port management that offers 24/7 readiness, support fast turnaround for vessels without significant queuing. This rapid dispatch minimises vessel downtime and reduces shipping costs. QBH’s ship loading system can load in excess of 48,000 tonnes per day and is essentially a demurrage free port. World-class port security measures protect sales to markets that are sensitive to commercial terrorism.
All coal managed by QBH is transported by Queensland Rail. Unit trains carrying 1,900 tonnes of coal can typically be unloaded and stockpiled within one hour. The facility offers superior flexibility through its eight discrete stockpiles with total storage capacity of 909,000 tonnes. The team can assemble several cargoes simultaneously and offer services including coal blending, stockpiling, loading and independent quality testing and sampling.
The terminal has been loading coal for New Hope and other producers as a common user facility since 1983 and is a critical element of New Hope’s export coal chain strategy.