ABP dedicated port facilities in Portland, Victoria (Portland Chip Terminal) and Albany, Western Australia (Albany Chip Terminal) are staffed by over 60 dedicated port personnel. Their expertise covers receiving, stockpiling, monitoring and loading our woodchips for export.
Hardwood and softwood chips are transported to port in customised woodchip trailers and stockpiled for loading. Each ship holds 50,000 tonnes of woodchips on average, the equivalent of about 1,000 truckloads.
Two mobile ship loaders all Portland Chip Terminal are able to fill one vessel in 70-85 hours. It is an intensive process; control room staff must continuously monitor loading and quality control is rigorous. Samples are taken every 100 GMT while loading to determine dry fibre and sizing, and strict contamination procedures must be followed so that product conforms to buyer manufacturing standards.
Portland Chip Terminal
Portland Chip Terminal (PCT) is a world class facility staffed by over 50 employees who keep the terminal operating 24 hours a day. Approximately one ship per week is loaded, with over two million green metric tonnes (GMT) of hardwood and softwood chip exported each year to China and Japan.
ABP recently invested $22m on improvements to the port facilities. These included a new office building, an additional hardwood truck unloader and reclaim, a second ship loader and conveyors, and relocation of softwood receivals and stock pile.