October was a month of firsts for Stolthaven Terminals. Following the new Dock #11 at Stolthaven Houston receiving its first ship for layby operations, Stolthaven Newcastle in Australia has welcomed its first vessel at the recently completed Mayfield 7 Berth.
The Mayfield 7 berth is located in the south channel of the Hunter River in the Port of Newcastle. It is a quay line type berth dedicated to the import and export of bulk liquids. It services the Stolthaven Mayfield terminal located directly adjacent and within the Port of Newcastle’s nominated Bulk Liquids Precinct that has direct access to the national road and rail network. The berth is capable of hosting LR Class vessels up to 245 m LOA, 43 m beam, 13.5m laden draught and 100,000 deadweight tonnes. Stolthaven is the sole owner and operator of the berth, however it is also available as a multi-user bulk liquids berth for other operators with vessels as small as 100 m LOA.
The new berth offers customers a number of benefits unique in the port, including significant efficiencies related to berth access, capacity and capability including product transfer times. The specially designed infrastructure provides the highest levels of compliance in relation to security, environment and safety as well as operational flexibility. Stolthaven has invested in the latest innovations to further improve safety and efficiency, including fitting the berth with load monitoring quick release hook technology with remote control capability and closed circuit cameras covering the whole berth area, all of which provides industry leading berthing and mooring capabilities.
Further enhancements planned for the coming months include up to three MLAs and multiple fuel and chemical pipelines.
Stolthaven Newcastle is located in the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales. Newcastle is the world’s largest coal exporting port and the gateway to the coal rich Hunter Valley and diverse economy of the Hunter and northern New South Wales region. The first stage of the Newcastle terminal was commissioned in November 2013 and currently provides storage for petroleum fuel products. Construction is continuing at the terminal to add both capacity and capability.