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Delivering to the world, sustainably

Media Release

29 March 2019

As Port Waratah Coal Services achieved new operational performance records throughout 2018, the company has confirmed its commitment to social, environmental and economic issues as well as performance. These results have been published today, in Port Waratah’s 2018 Sustainable Development Report.

With a theme of ‘Local heart, global reach’, the report  describes how the company introduced new mobile technology to strengthen the safety of its employees and delivered several significant environmental infrastructure projects while achieving various shiploading records.

It also demonstrates  Port Waratah’s indirect contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), explaining how its Community Investment & Partnership Programme supports their achievement.

We connect the Hunter Valley coal chain to the rest of the world, and sustainability considerations are integrated into our daily operations,” said Chief Executive Officer, Hennie du Plooy. 

We have a culture of shared responsibility and accountability, and last year we all achieved a lot in terms of sustainability.

“Last year we mapped our operations against the SDGs, but all of our partners do amazing things for our local community and environment. We wanted to better  understand how our support helps them contribute to the achievement of the global goals. We all share a desire for a sustainable community, and we are incredibly proud to play a role in enabling this great work to happen,” he said.

As with the last two reports, Port Waratah has prepared its 2018 report  in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s Standards.

Port Waratah operates at two sites in Newcastle, in Carrington and Kooragang. It services a far-reaching customer base, almost 95% located in Asia.

Media  information: 

Paul Chamberlin 0419233989

Port Waratah Coal Services opens inspiring new page on Storylines

Media Release

01 March 2019

The power of community partnership was in the spotlight last night at the launch of Storylines, a new narrative website created by Port Waratah Coal Services to celebrate its Community Investment and Partnership Programme and the incredible regional outcomes achieved by its participants.

More than 150 people came together at Fort Scratchley for the event. The community projects showcased ranged from social programmes lifting up the disadvantaged in the Hunter to environmental work, cultural opportunities for local school children, pastoral care for seafarers and work with incredible minds to bring leading-edge research off the page and into people’s lives.

Port Waratah’s Community Investment and Partnership Programme delivers $750,000 to the local community each year. Participating community partners are chosen by the Port Waratah community investment committees made up of employees after an application process.

For the first time, this edition of Storylines has been published as a large-scale, interactive website with video, photography and many stories of the characters and moments that make up the rich tapestry of the Hunter.

The scope of Storylines is broad, ranging from Musica Viva to bring music into portside schools to assistance for environmental groups like Conservation Volunteers Australia, support for the Samaritans Christmas lunch, the Seafarers Mission, ProCare family counselling and many more.

One example of the reach Port Waratah’s support has is HMRI’s DADEE Program. Founded and led by the University of Newcastle’s Professor Phil Morgan, it is now part of the curriculum in many schools across Newcastle. Bringing fathers and daughters together through the power of exercise and a ‘Yes - girls can do anything’ message, it is a project that is being adopted internationally.

Port Waratah’s sponsorship means Dr Morgan and his team have the resources to explore the long-term impact of DADEE, research how it is changing widespread teaching practices and analyse the opportunities it continues to give girls in schools.

Port Waratah’s Chief Executive Officer, Hennie du Plooy, said ‘the launch of Storylines gives us the chance to acknowledge and thank everyone who does so much to help and sustain our region – socially, economically, environmentally and communally’.

‘Partnering with the quiet achievers of the Hunter as they go about making the world a better place for all sorts of people in all sorts of ways makes us very proud to contribute to their successes.

‘These are the people who give the fabric of our society its warmth, its depth and its texture. They are from so many different walks of life, and represent such a wide range of associations, collaboratives and interests. It is their passion that brings us together and gives us the heart and humanity the Hunter is so well known for.

‘Port Waratah is incredibly proud to play a role in enabling this great work to happen through our Community Investment and Partnership Programme. These initiatives contribute to our support of the Global Sustainability Agenda and makes us part of the international movement towards sustainability,’ he said.

Visit Storylines at storylines.pwcs.com.au

ENDS

Media: for more information please contact Paul Chamberlin on 0419 233989

Port Waratah - 2018 Year in Review

Media Release

23 January 2019

Port Waratah plays a global role in the Hunter Valley Coal Chain – ensuring efficient delivery of coal to a global customer base. In 2018 Port Waratah loaded 107 million tonnes into 1229 vessels for export.

Strong demand was driven by Asia, with 95% of our coal exports bound for Asian port destinations in Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea, among other Asian nations. Close to a record year, this was 2.4 million tonnes more than 2017.

“Both Port Waratah and the overall Hunter Valley coal chain volumes are expected to continue to grow in 2019,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy. Port Waratah’s Carrington and Kooragang terminals provide reliability and flexibility to the Hunter Valley coal chain and are well positioned to adjust to changes in demand.

The strong results reflect improved operational performance whilst maintaining costs to customers at consistently low levels, with our coal handling charge viewed as the best in industry. Shiploading rates reached record levels at the Kooragang terminal last year and July was a record-breaking month, breaking the monthly shiploading record, set in December 2014, by more than 100,000 tonnes.

In 2019 and beyond, we will continue to invest in our operations to maintain and improve our performance, from our people to the community, to our equipment and environmental performance, Mr du Plooy said.

Sustainability

Port Waratah was awarded the Hunter Business Award’s inaugural Excellence in Sustainability and Outstanding Employer of Choice in 2018, demonstrating our commitment to leading the way in local business, environmentally and socially.

“In one of the highlights of the year, we are immensely proud that our ongoing efforts have been recognised in winning these awards,” Mr du Plooy said.

But while our customers may be overseas, our heart lies well and truly in Newcastle. Our workforce live here, so we are proud to support a variety of local charities, community organisations and initiatives. The Port Waratah Community Investment and Partnership Programme invested $750,000 in 114 community projects and initiatives last year. That is support to real people who work hard to help those that need it most and make this region one of the best places to work, live and bring up a family.

“Sustainability considerations are integral to Port Waratah’s day to day operations. We are continuously looking at how we can improve our operational, environmental and social performance to contribute to global sustainability in a local context,” Mr du Plooy said.

For more information please contact Paul Chamberlin on 0419 233989

Port Waratah CEO accepts Hunter Business Chamber presidency

Port Waratah Coal Services CEO, Hennie du Plooy, has been appointed as the president of the Hunter Business Chamber Board.

5 November 2018

At the Annual General Meeting on 2 November, four new directors were elected to the board, with Mr du Plooy accepting the presidency at the Hunter’s peak business and industry organisation for the next two years.

Mr du Plooy said he was honoured and wanted to continue fostering a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the business sector and the Hunter community.

“I support a regional future of sustainable economic growth that improves all aspects of the wellbeing of the Hunter,”

“The path to prosperity is a partnership and it is the trust of the community that gives business and industry the licence to operate” Mr du Plooy said.

For the full details, including all newly elected directors, please click here to access the Hunter Business Chamber website.

For more information please contact
Paul Chamberlin
Office:  (02) 6239 7037
Mobile: 0419 233 989
Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

Community Announcement

We understand that protests are being planned in Newcastle, including the Harbour from the 12th to 16th of September.

7 September 2018

While Port Waratah respects the right of Australians to express their political views, we urge them in the strongest terms to conduct themselves in a peaceful and safe manner and not to enter private property.

Safety is always our number one concern.

Port Waratah’s equipment and machinery, most of which are automated or controlled remotely, can be dangerous for those who are untrained and unaware. It would be a tragedy if a protestor was injured or even killed on site, or if the lives of workers or the police were placed in danger by the actions of a few.

There are also exclusion zones in place around vessels, even whilst at berth. These are in place to ensure the safety of members of the public, wharf workers and vessel crew. We ask that you respect these exclusion zones.

Our very real concern is that someone will be seriously injured or killed if these warnings are ignored.

We remain committed to respectful, honest and transparent communication with the community. We aim to perform our activities in a manner which minimises impacts on the environment and the local community - not just because it’s the right thing to do but because this is the region in which we and our families live.

Media enquiries:

Paul Chamberlin
Office: (02) 6239 7037
Mobile: 0419 233 989
Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

Continuing to pioneer in Hunter business

Port Waratah Coal Services has been awarded the Hunter Business Award’s inaugural Excellence in Sustainability and Outstanding Employer of Choice; demonstrating Port Waratah is leading the way in local business, environmentally and socially.

16 August 2018

“Our strategic focus is to meet the changing expectations and demands of our employees, customers and communities, and we are immensely proud that our ongoing efforts have been recognised in winning these awards,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy.

“Sustainability considerations are integral to Port Waratah’s day to day operations. We are continuously looking at how we can improve our operational, environmental and social performance to contribute to global sustainability in a local context.”

In the areas of environmental performance, Port Waratah aims to go above and beyond the targets it is legally set. Each year the company delivers a portfolio of specific improvement projects and reports performance annually in its publicly available Sustainable Development Report.

“Locally we take seriously our role in Newcastle, but we have also taken the step to describe the impact of our activities against the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

More than 80 per cent of the company’s spending is in the region - about $80 million in 2017, and 74 per cent of Port Waratah’s 318 employees live in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas.

“Our people are the heart and soul of our business. The quality of our people is key to our success and to attract and retain the best people we offer a market-leading employee value proposition,” Mr du Plooy said.

“The growth and contributions of our employees are an essential part of our continued success internationally and to the local region.

“I’m proud of our progress towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and how our teams have embraced our health and safety cultural programme, Work to Live.”

Mr du Plooy thanks the Hunter Business Awards for its recognition and said the company looked forward to representing the region in the state awards later in the year.

For more information please contact
Paul Chamberlin
Office: (02) 6239 7037
Mobile: 0419 233 989
Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

Port Waratah Terminal 4 Announcement

Port Waratah expect existing coal terminal capacity to be sufficient for foreseeable growth

31 May 2018

Port Waratah Coal Services have advised the Port of Newcastle that it intends to allow the Terminal 4 Agreement for Lease to lapse when it expires in August 2019, Chief Executive Officer Hennie du Plooy said today.  This means that Port Waratah does not intend to proceed with the Terminal 4 development.

Mr du Plooy said Port Waratah have consulted with a full range of industry stakeholders and concluded that the capacity of the existing coal terminals, including potential expansion options, are likely to be sufficient to cater for future growth in coal exports.

Market conditions for Hunter Valley coal are strong, with Newcastle exports stable near record levels and prices are once again above US$100 per tonne.  At Port Waratah’s terminals 105 million tonnes were loaded in 2017 and incremental growth is expected this year. 

“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” Mr du Plooy said.

“We are proud of the role our Carrington and Kooragang terminals play in connecting Hunter Valley coal with the world and we are confident that with ongoing investment in the reliability and performance of these terminals, we will be well positioned and flexible enough to adjust quickly to changes in demand.”

While Port Waratah will not build a fourth terminal, coal constitutes the bulk of Newcastle port volumes and will remain a big part of Newcastle’s future. “Coal is a key component of the global energy mix and is forecast to remain so for the foreseeable future, particularly in our core markets in South East Asia,” Mr du Plooy said.

A key strength of the Hunter Valley coal chain is its reliability and efficiency, which is delivered through industry-led centralised planning and the flexibility provided by the different terminals. “For this reason, both Carrington and Kooragang terminals are central to our operations,” Mr du Plooy said.  “Carrington makes a unique and important contribution by providing Port Waratah with the capability to load small vessels and cargoes efficiently.”

“We are committed to understanding and meeting the expectations of our stakeholders, particularly in limiting noise, reducing dust and water usage, and creating the smallest environmental footprint that we can. We continue to make significant investments in our terminals, to improve both operational and environmental performance.

Mr du Plooy said that as part of the company’s commitment to keep stakeholders and the community informed on the status of the T4 proposal, Port Waratah was making the statement as soon as possible.

For more information please contact Paul Chamberlin
Office: (02) 6239 7037
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Port Waratah and the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)

Port Waratah and the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI). Statement provided to the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday 30-May-2018

Media Release 30/05/2018

Boost for Soul Café’s Mental Health Clinic

In a welcome boost for their mental health services, Rick Prosser, Soul Café CEO, announced that Port Waratah Coal Services have extended their funding of the Soul Café mental health clinician.

28 May 2018

“The clinic is essential in providing our guests with outreach mental health support in a friendly, familiar environment” Mr Prosser said.

Port Waratah has been funding the clinician for 10 hours per week since 2015. The extension of the partnership between Soul Café and Port Waratah Coal Services will now enable the Mental Health Clinician to be funded for a total of 25 hours per week until the end of 2019.

“This gives us the ability to maintain our highly qualified clinician and greater opportunity to support our most vulnerable guests” Mr Prosser said.

In 2017, 344 mental health sessions were provided to 100 individuals, most of who carry very complex health related issues. Coupled with Soul Café’s volunteer run Doctor’s Clinic the synergies and outcomes for the guests are in some cases life changing and lifesaving. The importance of the clinician is profound, one guest, Glenn, shared his experience:

Glenn has been seeing Tim, Soul Cafe’s Mental Health Clinician, for the last three months. When Glenn first came to Soul Café, he had lost access to his son due to relationship breakdown. As a result of this, he was connected with Tim, and was assisted on a journey to reconnect with his son, who is now in his care. The Mental Health Clinician is now supporting Glenn with parenting and maintaining the reconnection with his son. 
 
“After seeing Tim it’s a relief. He doesn’t sugar coat things. He’s upfront and honest with you. He will tell you things that you need to hear, but in a good way.
 
Tim has been sick for two weeks, and I was really struggling, but I saw him yesterday and we spoke for an hour. I feel better today and reassured after seeing him again. He’s good to talk to and I feel comfortable around him.” says Glenn.

Port Waratah CEO, Hennie du Plooy, said he was grateful for the partnership with Soul Café and pleased to see the community funded organisation go from strength to strength.

“We are so proud that we can support a group like Soul Café – a local organisation supporting our local people in need. The growth of the service, and its positive impact on Newcastle’s most needy is a testament to the volunteers and staff”.

“Our Community Investment and Partnership Programme is something we are very proud to share with the Newcastle and Hunter Region, and it is with partnerships like that with Soul Café that we can help deliver positive benefits to our local community” Mr du Plooy said.

For more information please contact
Trudie Larnach
Office:  (02) 4907 2396
Email: Trudie.Larnach@pwcs.com.au

Contributing locally, sharing value sustainably – 2017 Sustainable Development Report

Port Waratah Coal Services have published their 2017 Sustainable Development Report, the sixth since the company commenced reporting on its management approach to sustainability and operational, environmental and social performance.

12 April 2018

“Sustainability considerations are integral to Port Waratah’s day to day operations” said Hennie du Plooy, Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah. “We are continuously looking at how we can improve our operations to contribute to the global sustainability agenda in a local context.”

“Our strategic focus is to meet the changing expectations and demands of our employees, customers and community. Our Sustainable Development Report is our annual scorecard, reporting on our performance against the commitments we have made to our stakeholders, in line with our values, business drivers and management processes.”

Themed People and Partnerships the 2017 Report represents a step up in maturity, putting Port Waratah at the forefront amongst local industry in assessing and reporting on sustainability performance. The Report was prepared in accordance with the Global Report Initiative (GRI) Standards, and for the first time achieved the Core option. The Report also considers how Port Waratah’s activities are positioned in the framework provided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The SDG’s are a set of 17 goals ratified by UN Member States and identified for achievement by 2030. To understand its position, Port Waratah has mapped its operations within the SDG framework.  The Sustainable Development Report demonstrates that Port Waratah already contributes to many of the goals, including; Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Responsible Consumption and Production.

“We value this perspective because describing the impact of our activities against a framework such as the SDG’s is one measure of performance through which we give local stakeholders comfort that our operations are managed to world class standards,” Mr du Plooy said.

Port Waratah has been a part of Newcastle for over 40 years. Their terminal services underpin the activities of the Hunter Valley coal chain, providing a local service to local producers. Sharing their value locally is key to helping create prosperity for the Region.

“Contributing locally in a sustainable manner is important to us. Over 80 per cent of our 2017 expenditure was spent in the local region, equivalent to approximately 80 million dollars.  In addition, we invest three quarters of a million dollars annually in local community projects, and are proud that 74 per cent of our employees live in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas” Mr du Plooy said.

Read the 2017 Sustainable Development Report here.

For more information please contact
Trudie Larnach
Office:  (02) 4907 2396
Email: Trudie.Larnach@pwcs.com.au 

Child Life Therapist Project Wins Inaugural Community Pitchfest

A community pitch for a Child Life Therapist to assist children undergoing cancer treatment has taken out top honours at the 2018 Port Waratah Community Pitchfest.

Guy Clegg from Charlie’s Run 4 Kids made a unique, enthusiastic and heartfelt pitch to a panel of four judges to secure the $2,500 first prize on Thursday 22 March.

The pitchfest was held during Port Waratah’s Community Partner Networking Event which brought together the community partners from the 2017 Community Investment and Partnership Programme. All 2017 partners were invited to submit their expressions of interest to be selected in the final six to present their pitch at the event. The pitches gave Port Waratah’s community partners an opportunity to showcase their community projects and a chance to gain extra funding.

The judging panel included representatives from business, industry, media and the not for profit sector, including; Hennie du Plooy – Port Waratah, Wayne Diemar – HunterNet, Brad Rogers – 9|NBN and Grace McClean – NFP Connect.

All six finalists walked away with funding for their projects, based on the judges scores:

$2,500 – Charlies Run 4 Kids, Child Life Therapist
$1,500 – Conservation Volunteers Australia, World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge
$1,000 – OzHarvest, NEST (Nice Easy Simple Tips) & Stockton Public School P&C, iPads 21st Century Learning
$500 – Great Lifestyles of Wickham (GLOW), Harmony Day & Newcastle Basketball, Safe Entry for the Stadium

The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said Port Waratah is committed to investing in the local community to make Newcastle a smart, vibrant and sustainable place to live and work.

“Our Community Investment and Partnership Programme is something we are very proud to share with the Newcastle and Hunter Region. Providing funding is just the start, the real heroes are the people and organisations out in the community using those funds to do good. We are very privileged to be partnering with them" Mr du Plooy said.

In 2017 Port Waratah provided $747,125 to 112 community organisations, initiatives and events. For more information on Port Waratah’s Community Investment and Partnership Programme visit http://pwcs.com.au/community-environment/community-partnerships/

For more information please contact
Trudie Larnach
Office:  (02) 4907 2396
Email: Trudie.Larnach@pwcs.com.au 

Wind propelled vessel berths at Port Waratah

Port Waratah welcomed the MV Afros at the Carrington Terminal on Friday 9 February 2018, the first wind propelled vessel to visit the Port of Newcastle.

14 February 2018

The vessel features four large vertical rotor sails (wind turbines) on the starboard side. Each unit sits on a carriage structure which allows the rotor sails to be repositioned along the deck to facilitate shiploading. Whilst berthed the rotors remain stationary, and are activated just prior to de-berthing.

The rotors work using the principles of the Magnus effect. When the wind passes around the spinning rotor sail, the air flow accelerates on one side and decelerates on the opposite side. The difference in air flow creates a thrust force that is perpendicular to the wind flow direction, thereby propelling the vessel.

An energy source is required to spin the sail, but the thrust produced by the rotors reduces the need for engine power significantly, without losing operating speed. Therefore, saving fuel and ultimately reducing emissions.

The rotors can be designed and installed on new vessels, or retrofitted to existing vessels. Fuel savings range between 5-15% depending on the vessel, its cargo and the number of rotor sails.

We congratulate the MV Afros on its maiden voyage to Newcastle and we look forward to welcoming the vessel back to our terminal in the future.

For more information please contact
Trudie Larnach
Office:  (02) 4907 2396
Email: Trudie.Larnach@pwcs.com.au

Committed to delivering for customers and the region

After four days of adverse weather conditions off the Newcastle coast affecting vessel movements, Port Waratah Coal Services has displayed its ability to adapt to challenges with a bumper weekend of shiploading.

22 January 2018

A record 512,504 tonnes was loaded on Saturday 20 January, breaking the previous daily shiploading record set in May 2016 by more than 10,000 tonnes.

Due to heavy swell vessel movements in the Port of Newcastle were restricted from early last week, with shiploading at Port Waratah’s Carrington and Kooragang terminals ceasing from Monday 15 to Friday 19 January. Despite the weather stoppage, Port Waratah’s focus remained committed to servicing its customers while reducing impacts on the community.

Working closely with HVCCC inbound rail receivals from customers continued, ensuring minimal disruption to the coal chain. Extensive planning of stacker movements and coordination of stockyard layout allowed a record 2.96 million tonnes to be held across the two terminals until vessel movements recommenced.

During the weather restriction, the vessel queue grew to 17. Over the last three days, significant operational efficiency and shiploading activity has recovered the queue to nine, with the expectation this will further reduce in the coming days.

The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said Port Waratah actively continues to plan and remain flexible in changing circumstances, to benefit its customers, the coal chain and the community.

“The performance over the weekend is a testament to the quality of our people – working together as one outstanding team, to deliver quality, agile service for our customers and the region” Mr du Plooy said.

For more information please contact
Trudie Larnach
Office:  (02) 4907 2396
Email: Trudie.Larnach@pwcs.com.au  

Throsby Creek Cleanup

Throsby Creek the winner in clean up

22 September 2017

Two clean ups of Carrington’s Throsby Creek have yielded more than 300 kilograms of rubbish – and valuable clues to improve the environmental standard of the catchment in the future.

Led by Port Waratah Coal Services’ Community Terminal meeting group in partnership with Hunter Local Land Service, teams removed 51 kg of rubbish on Sunday and then another 272 kg on Wednesday, for a total of 323 kg.

Wednesday’s collection included two large tires and 69.5 kg of recyclables. High numbers of consumer and packaging items, such as straws, confectionary wrappers, cups, drink bottles, plastic wrapping, were noted.

An analysis of one sample bag found 50 plastic packaging items, 49 soft plastic remnants and 30 straws, plastic cups or pieces of cutlery. Another sample bag of recyclables found 32 plastic drink bottles, 17 carboard drink cartons, 17 glass bottles and 10 aluminium cans.

The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said the analysis beyond the clean up was important to help keep this important part of Newcastle’s environment in the best possible shape.

The analysed samples were recorded for uploading to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative database by rangers from Taree Indigenous Development and Employment (TIDE).

This data will be used by agencies such as Hunter Local Land Service to refine, implement and improve the Throsby Catchment Action Plan.

“Thanks to all the volunteers on the day – Port Waratah employees, ARTC employees and members from the local community,” Mr du Plooy said.



For more information please contact Paul Chamberlin Office: (02) 6239 7037 Mobile: 0419 233 989 Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

Pioneering Through Partnership - 2016 Sustainable Development Report

In 2016 we celebrated 40 years of operation. Behind us, and in front of us, lies steadfast success built on our performance as pioneers and partners.

31 March 2017

This, our fifth Sustainable Development Report, describes our corporate sustainability performance for the 2016 calendar year. Unlike our last report, this year we describe our performance in terms of our business drivers for success, which better aligns with our business strategy and internal reporting. The report has been written using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards as a guidance tool. The Sustainable Development report provides a snapshot of who were in 2016. Last year’s report is now available here.


For more information, please contact:
Trudie Larnach
Office: (02) 4907 2386
Email: Trudie.larnach@pwcs.com.au

Helping Jenny's Place help Newcastle women

Domestic violence is an issue for all Novocastrians, and Port Waratah is increasing its involvement with Jenny’s Place to help support women and children who are exposed to the damaging effects of violence in their homes.

After a number of years of ongoing support, Port Waratah is stepping up its financial contribution to provide $160,000 in funding in 2017 and 2018 to assist Jenny’s Place Newcastle Domestic Violence Resource Centre, which was established in 2008.

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre is the only centre of its type in Newcastle. It provides counselling, information, safety and escape planning, advocacy, and referral services to women and children who are escaping domestic and family violence or homelessness.

The two-year partnership will provide increased capacity for Jenny’s Place to develop strategies and plans to transition to a more sustainable future funding model, and increase staffing levels. At present, the Resource Centre does not receive any government funding, and relies entirely on community donations, small grants, and fundraising.

Marcia Chapman, Jenny’s Place Manager said: “The demand for the services the Resource Centre provides in Newcastle is increasing.” The Resource Centre was accessed by 739 clients in 2011, which grew to 1,348 by 2015. The main factors behind this include increased media coverage of domestic violence, community and political attention, the White Ribbon program and pleas for victims to seek support.

“The support from Port Waratah means that we can better meet demand for Specialist Domestic Violence Support Services and provide more education to the community. It also provides us with the opportunity to work towards securing long term funding ensuring that victims of Domestic Violence and their families are able to access specialist Domestic Violence support services.

We can’t thank Port Waratah enough for their ongoing support to Jenny’s Place and our Resource Centre, it really means a lot to us.” said Marcia

The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said domestic violence should not, and cannot, be tolerated within society.

“We feel that collaborating at a local community level, companies like ours can assist in the magnificent and often unsung work that is being done by those at Jenny’s Place,” he said.

“The more we work together to say that domestic violence is not okay, the quicker cultural change occurs.”

 

For more information please contact

Paul Chamberlin

Office: (02) 6239 7037

Mobile: 0419 233 989

Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

Rio Tinto announcement regarding Coal and Allied

Port Waratah notes the announcement by Rio Tinto tonight that it has reached an agreement to sell its interest in Coal and Allied Industries Ltd to Yancoal Australia Ltd.

24 January 2017

The announcement indicated that the transaction remains subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2017.

Through its shareholding in Port Waratah, Coal and Allied has the right to appoint three Directors and nominate one of these Directors as the Chair of the Board. It also has the right to nominate a person to fill the role of Chief Executive Officer. As we currently understand the proposed transaction these rights will remain with Coal and Allied as it transitions to new ownership.

Employees of Port Waratah are employed by Port Waratah Coal Services Limited and are unlikely to be affected by the proposed transaction. While the transaction progresses, Port Waratah continues to operate as usual to deliver the services our customers expect and to do so safely.

 

Enquiries: Jeff Townsend

Tel: 0412-625-466

UPDATE: Conveyor Fire at Kooragang Coal Terminal

Operations at Port Waratah’s Kooragang Terminal have resumed following a fire on a conveyor system on Friday afternoon.

27 November 2016

Inbound coal operations at Kooragang resumed on Friday night, while two of the three outbound conveyor streams resumed about 4.30pm on Saturday.

We are presently working on repairs for the remaining third stream and at this stage we expect to be able to return it to service by the end of this week.

For more information please contact 

Paul Chamberlin

Mobile: 0419 233 989

Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

Conveyor Fire at Kooragang Coal Terminal

This afternoon at approximately 3:00pm a fire was identified on a conveyor system at Port Waratah’s Kooragang Terminal. The conveyor system was not operating at the time.

25 November 2016

Fire & Rescue NSW arrived shortly after and the fire was quickly extinguished.

No-one was injured during the incident.

Kooragang Terminal operations have been suspended as the incident is investigated.

We would like to thank emergency services for their quick and effective response.

 

ENDS

 

For more information please contact

Paul Chamberlin

Mobile: 0419 233 989

Email: paul.chamberlin@endeavourconsulting.com.au

New Shiploaders Arrive at Port Waratah

At noon today two new shiploaders arrived in the Port of Newcastle on the big lift vessel, the Happy Buccaneer bound for Port Waratah’s Carrington Terminal.

24 July 2016

After loading more than 300 million tonnes of coal over the past 40 years, the hard working shiploaders at Port Waratah Coal Services’ Carrington Terminal are being replaced. The two new machines are an investment in the reliability, safety and performance of Port Waratah’s Carrington Terminal.

“It’s been great to witness so many people out and about on the harbour viewing the arrival of the new shiploaders” said Terry Tynan, General Manager of Development for Port Waratah. “We have filmed the arrival to capture the moment and share with the community. You can find the video on our website and social media.” said Mr Tynan.

“Now that they have arrived we move to the next phase of the project, lifting the new shiploaders onto the wharf for commissioning and integration into the operations. We expect to resume normal operations at Carrington by the end of the year.”

Residents wishing to find out more can contact the project team in the following ways:

P:          (02) 4907 2280 (24-hr Community Enquiries Line)

E:          contact_us@pwcs.com.au

P:          PO BOX 57 Carrington, NSW 2294

W:        pwcs.com.au

Media contact: Mark Baker 0407340174

Port Waratah to Update Shiploaders

After loading more than 300 million tonnes of coal over the past 40 years, the hard working shiploaders at Port Waratah Coal Services’ Carrington terminal are about to be replaced.

With the machines nearing the end of their lifespan, the shiploaders will be replaced by two new machines in an investment in the reliability, safety and performance of Port Waratah’s Carrington Terminal. Due to the sheer size of this infrastructure, the replacement project is a major feat of complex engineering and logistics, said the Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy.

“The shiploaders have been fabricated off-site and will be brought into the Port of Newcastle by water over the weekend.” Mr du Plooy said. “Over the period of a week we will lift the new shiploaders onto the wharf. The three existing shiploaders will be removed during the commissioning phase, and will be dismantled offsite.

“Commissioning and integration into the operation will take about five months and we expect to resume normal operations at Carrington by the end of the year. Our operations on Kooragang Island will be unaffected.

“This is a complicated project and keeping our neighbours, partners and the Newcastle community informed of our plans is important to us. It is also exciting news for us, because although the capacity of Carrington is not changing, these new shiploaders have been built to modern safety, environmental and technological standards.”

While the new shiploaders were manufactured overseas, Port Waratah has been committed to also contributing to the local economy. The project is managed by a locally based team, with $22 million spent in Australia (and $9 million locally) on products and services including engineering, training, quality assurance, construction management, water and electrical systems.

Port Waratah already maintains exacting standards for air quality, noise and water management - including meeting relevant environmental licence requirements - and meeting those standards while delivering this project is a core project objective.

Residents wishing to find out more can contact the project team in the following ways:

P:          (02) 4907 2280 (24-hr Community Enquiries Line)

E:          contact_us@pwcs.com.au

P:          PO BOX 57 Carrington, NSW 2294

W:        pwcs.com.au

Media contact: Mark Baker 0407340174

Community Announcement

Port Waratah understand that a number of people are planning protests on or around Newcastle Harbour on Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May.

While Port Waratah respects the right of Australians to express their political views, we urge them in the strongest terms to conduct themselves in a peaceful and safe manner and not to enter private property.

Safety is always our number one concern.

Port Waratah’s equipment and machinery, most of which are automated or controlled remotely, can be dangerous for those who are untrained and unaware. It would be a tragedy if a protestor was injured or killed on site, or if the lives of workers or the police were placed in danger by the actions of a few.

There are also exclusion zones in place around vessels, even whilst at berth. These are in place to ensure the safety of members of the public, wharf workers and vessel crew. We ask that you respect these exclusion zones. Our very real concern is that someone will be seriously injured or killed if these warnings are ignored.

We remain committed to respectful, honest and transparent communication with the community. We aim to perform our activities in a manner which minimises impacts on the environment and the local community - not just because it’s the right thing to do but because this is the region in which we and our families live.

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 0419 233 989

 

 

2015 Sustainable Development Report Published

Each year Port Waratah publishes a report on its performance across key areas of Sustainable Development; governance, people, social, economic and environmental.

The Sustainable Development report provides a snapshot of who were in 2015. Last year’s report is now available here.

 

The first edition of the 2016 Community Newsletter has also been published and is being delivered to over 10,000 homes in portside suburbs. Check out what we’ve been up to since Christmas: 2016, edition 1 Community Newsletter.

 

 

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