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Max. Size:  Bulk:  200,000 d.w.t., LOA 300 m., beam 50.0 m., depth 19.5 m.
Airport:  Bowen Domestic, 20 km. Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Domestic, 80 km. Brisbane Int'l, 1,000 km.

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SHIPMASTER'S REPORT: March 1986 (Updated 2002)
Location:  Abbot Point is within a Permanent Tropical Zone, within the Great Barrier Reef.
Tropical Zone: 1 April to 30 November.
Summer Zone: 1 December to 31 March.
Anchoring Position:  Within 1 n.m. of the pilot boarding ground.
Pilot Boarding Position:  Indicated on AUS Chart No. 255, Abbot Point and Approaches. Lat. 19° 48′ S, Long. 148° 04′ E. This chart is well recommended.
Pilot boards by pilot boat, tugs stationed at Bowen.
The Harbour Master and Pilots are stationed in Townsville.
Abbot Point:  Australia's most northerly deep-water coal shipping port, situated about 20 km. north of Bowen. The port is established under the auspices of the Harbours Corporation of Queensland. Developed by the MIM Holdings Ltd. and operated by the Abbot Point Bulk Coal Pty. Ltd. Development began in 1981, and operations commenced in 1984. Coking coal from Collinsville and steaming coal from Newlands are the only two MIM products handled.
Heavy duty railway, using modern rolling stock, and multiple diesel electric locomotives conveys coal from the fields to the 450 ha. site.
Loading Procedure:  Coal travels on conveyors via a 1,350 tonne surge bin. There are two weightometers and an automatic continuous sampling plant. The conveyor system extends along a 100 m. rock causeway and a 2.8 km. approach trestle, which also supports a roadway to the deep-water wharf and shiploader.
Size of Vessels:  From 20,000–200,000 d.w.t. Larger vessels have been considered on individual merits.
Depths:  Approach depth, (stated) 17.2 m., alongside berth (stated) 19.4 m.
Tugs:  2×55 tonne bollard pull. Tugs' lines used.
Line Boats:  None available.
Berthing:  In normal circumstances vessels will berth starboard side to. However, be prepared to berth either side to in accordance with the Harbour Master's requirements.
In normal conditions draft is to be adjusted so that the propeller is fully immersed and vessel trimmed approx. 1.8 m. by the stern. The arrival draft must be cabled to the Harbour Master and Agent who will advise any adjustment required.
To ensure maximum safety all vessels using heavy mooring wire ropes are requested to have the ends terminating in a 9 m. rope spring finished with a standard eye for placing over the bollards and hooks. All mooring ropes and wires should have a 6 m. tail of light rope spliced into the eye.
Hooks on mooring bollards are electrically operated and self-release.
Pilot Ladder:  Constructed and rigged in accordance with SOLAS requirements.
Berth:  Length of trestle from shore to berth 2.75 km.
Length of Berth: (Extent of fender system approx. 264 m.).
Length between extreme mooring dolphins 466 m.
Length of Berthing Basin: 512 m.
Width of Berthing Basin: 70 m.
Depth at Berthing Basin: 19.4 m.
There are 7 breasting dolphins, equipped with Bridgestone energy absorbing cell-type rubber fenders.
Height of top of fenders above datum approx. 7.5 m.
Height of underside of fenders above datum approx. 0.9 m.
Ship Loader:  Type: Travelling gantry with luffing boom.
Design rate maximum capacity: 4,600 tonnes/hr.
Length of travel: 212 m.
Boom operating range: +12° to –10°.
Maximum outreach from fender line: 34 m.
Height above datum (plus 12°): 27.5 m.
Height below datum (minus 10°): 19.5 m.
Travel speed variable from 3 m./min. to 30 m./min.
Stowage Factor:  Steaming coal: approx. 1.11 cu.m./tonne. Angle of repose from 35–50°.
Coking coal: Approx. 1.14 cu.m./tonne. Angle of repose 33°.
Vessel achieved a better stowage factor loading steaming coal.
Final Quantity:  It has to be remembered, when requesting to stop loading, that there is about 3,000 tonnes on the belt, which must be run off.
Loaded Tonnage:  Calculated on draft survey (vessel experienced SW'ly winds Force 4 and swell of about 1 m.).
Cargo Completion:  Vessels must vacate berth without delay, subject to tidal conditions.
Arrival Notice:  At least 7 days before arrival to Fax: +61 (7) 4786 0305.
  1. name of vessel
  2. type of vessel (if OBO confirm that vessel is gas free)
  3. ETA
  4. total cargo quantity required (subject to C/P requirements and allowances)
  5. hatch loading sequence, pour by pour
Reference to b) above, Master to advise Agent and Harbour Master.
  1. Date vessel discharged last oil cargo.
  2. Time and place of last Gas Free Certificate.
  3. Location and amount of slops on board (and assurance that slop tanks inerted or pressed-up).
48 hours before arrival – advise ETA.
24 hours before arrival – confirm ETA and Hatch Number (``1st Pour''). Also advise Harbour Master of ETA/Berthing Draft/and ballast water is not contaminated.
Note:  To avoid delays to berthing and to avoid tug cancellations it is important that all adjustments to ETAs are advised to all parties.
All hatches to be clean/dry and opened before berthing.
Hatch lids are to be clearly numbered, for easy identification, no responsibility attached to shore loading personnel if any infringement of this requirement.
All loading is expressed in metric tonnes.
Pratique:  Radio pratique is available. Send message to the ``Quarantine Officer'' through the Agent, not more than 24 hours before arrival (this stipulation is not enforced). The Agent will keep vessel advised. Text of the message is in accordance with the advised procedure in the Sailing Directions for Entry to First Australian Port.
If radio pratique has not been granted before berthing ensure that there is no contact with the wharf or employees by crew until pratique is granted.
Shore Leave:  Crew are permitted to go ashore after Immigration and Customs Clearance. The Agent can arrange a minibus service to Bowen and return. Cost about AUD150.00 for the round trip. The trip to Bowen is 30 minutes.
Telephone:  A telephone is placed on board. STD, overseas and local operator service on a reverse charge basis. Telephone cards available.
Restrictions:  Access to wharf and loading plant is restricted.
Persons requiring access (crew members/visitors) must wear safety helmets, safety shoes and adequate eye protection, and comply with all safety regulations.
Abbotcoal are not responsible for accidents incurred by personnel who use their wharf gangway.
Pedestrian access along the wharf approach is not permitted.
Special authorisation is required for private vehicles and visitors, within the port area and wharf access.
Access to the remainder of the port site is strictly forbidden.
Derat Exemption Certificate:  Quarantine doctor will arrange for renewal. Cost AUD45.00.
Consuls:  None available.
Repatriation:  Can be arranged. Coach leaves Bowen for Townsville, with direct flights to New Zealand and Brisbane for other international connections.
Fresh Water/Fuel/Diesel:  Not available from wharf, there are no facilities.
Shipchandler:  Will attend vessel if necessary. Bonded stores are also available. Prices may be high due to transportation costs.

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OVERVIEW:  Port handles coal exports via two berths located at the end of a 2.75 km. long trestle. Coal is currently supplied to the port by train from the Newlands, Collinsville, Sonoma, Goonyella, Blair Athol, Clermont, Lake Vermont, Peak Downs, Caval Ridge and Middlemount mines. At present, the terminal handles approx. 50 million tonnes of coal annually although there are plans to expand the operation.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is the Port Authority. Adani Abbot Point Terminal Pty Ltd is the lessee and it contracts the operation and maintenance of the terminal to Abbot Point Bulkcoal Pty Ltd (APB), a subsidiary of Glencore.
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LOCATION:  In the state of Queensland between Townsville and Mackay, approx. 12.0 n.m. NW of Bowen.
CHARTS:  AUS Charts No. 255 and 826.
Publications:  BA Australia Pilot, Vol. 3, NP 15.
PORT LIMITS:  Bounded by lines joining the following:
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