The largest fuel tanker to enter the Port of Newcastle in 220 years of commercial operations arrived this morning.
The 244-metre Pro Alliance long range 2 (LR2) class tanker berthed at 1100 hrs at Stolthaven’s Mayfield 7 dedicated bulk liquids terminal, a purpose-built facility catering to vessels of that size.
The milestone follows the arrival of the port’s first long range 1 (LR1) tanker in early January.
Stolthaven Australia's Director, Gordon Lasker said the company had made significant investment in its fuel terminal facility that would benefit its customers and enable greater efficiencies in the bulk liquids supply chain from Newcastle.
“The arrival of our first LR2 tanker is the realisation of a long-term investment in the dedicated bulk liquids precinct at Mayfield 7 berth. We are grateful for the proactive approach by Port of Newcastle to support not only our current business but also our future expansion plans," Mr Lasker said. Port of Newcastle Executive Manager Marine and Operations Keith Wilks said “the Pro Alliance’s arrival was a significant milestone in the port’s history, delivering supply chain flexibility and efficiencies for the oil industry through enhanced channel capacity.”
About Stolthaven Australia
Stolthaven Australia has been operating a dedicated bulk liquids precinct at Port of Newcastle since December 2013. The facility is one of the most advanced in Australia with a berthing capability of LR2 245m LOA (length overall). A further 10 hectares is currently under development and will deliver an expected capacity build of 450,000 cubic meters of bulk fuels and chemicals storage.
About Stolthaven Terminals
Stolthaven Terminals’ network of 17 bulk-liquid terminals is operated to world-class standards for safety, quality and efficiency, offering customers a combined total of 4.7 million cbm of total storage capacity. Our state-of-the-art terminals are complemented the capabilities of both Stolt Tankers and Stolt Tank Containers.