Responsible Agency: Port of Townsville Limited
Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Underway
Building Queensland Role: Assisting with Detailed Business Case*
Planned Stage End Date: Q2 2017
Date of Publication: June 2017 (for period 4 December 2016 – 3 June 2017)


The existing navigational channels to the Port of Townsville are not wide enough to allow safe access for large vessels and limit the ability of the port to attract large modern vessels.


The proposal is investigating:

  • widening of the Platypus Channel and the Sea Channel connection
  • constructing rock walls and revetments to form receiving ponds for the beneficial re-use of dredge material
  • establishing a quarry to supply marine-grade armour rock required for rock walls and revetments
  • installing navigation aids aligned with the new channel configuration.

The project is expected to:

  • enable 5,500 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels (and up to 8,500 TEU container vessels) to access the Port of Townsville, with a consequent removal of 25,000 TEUs (400,000 tonnes of freight) from road and rail between Brisbane Port and Townsville Port
  • enable future port capacity to be delivered in line with expected demand
  • improve the navigational safety of all existing vessel movements
  • increase tourism for the region with larger cruise vessels able to enter the port due to the channel widening support strategic defence capability by improving the navigational safety for vessel transit of the channels.


Complete Detailed Business Case

* Detailed Business Case commenced prior to the establishment of Building Queensland.