Since the commencement of shipping from Wiggins Island Coal Terminal (WICT) in the Port of Gladstone, deep draft vessels departing WICT are required to pass vessels berthed at GPC's RG Tanna Coal Terminal (RGTCT). The passing of larger vessels (draft over 14 metres) within close proximity to the RGTCT berths can create vessel interaction forces and potentially impact the berthed vessel.
GPC has commenced the Clinton Vessel Interaction Project which aims to mitigate this issue. The following four options have been assessed:
- Managing the forces/impact through vessel speed restrictions and tug boats;
- Install new mooring systems to the RGTCT berthing dolphins;
- Deepen the Clinton Bypass channel from 13 metres to 16 metres to allow loaded cape size vessels to utilise that channel; or
- Widen the existing Clinton Channel to enable passing vessels to have greater separation distance.
GPC has identified a preferred option and has commenced the preparation of a Detailed Business Case for this option.
GPC will work closely with State and Federal Governments to determine the approval processes required for the project.
Project Staging and Timing
The Preliminary Business Case was completed in November 2016. GPC is now in the process of preparing a Detailed Business Case to the Queensland Government for approval. It is anticipated that works could commence in the first half of 2018.
GPC will continue to keep the community fully informed of any developments as works commence on this project.
For more information regarding the Clinton Vessel Interaction Project, please contact GPC's Corporate and Community Relations Team on 1800 243 GPC.