StemmSailors SocietyCoaltrans IndiaTelestackMULTIMODAL 2019The Maritime Standards Awards 2018
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Coaltrans India
  • Ovet
  • TBA - Software Solutions & Services for ports, terminals & warehouses
  • Cimbria Bulk Equipment A/S
  • The Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport Council

Port Kembla, Australia reopens after bulk ship blaze

Port Kembla, Australia reopens after bulk ship blaze

(Posted on 18/06/18)

A fire in the hold of a CSL bulker closed Port Kembla for eight hours on Monday.

Located on the east coast of New South Wales, historically Port Kembla has serviced the needs of regional industries, predominantly coal (export) and steel (import of raw materials and steel products). In more recent years the port has diversified its trade base to include general and break bulk cargoes, containers and motor vehicle imports. It is also the principal grain export port for producers in Southern and South-Western NSW.

The port was shut soon after the fire began before dawn on the MV Iron Chieftain, as self-unloading bulk carrier built in 1993, as it unloaded dolomite, a mineral used in steelmaking which was destined for BlueScope Steel Ltd’s nearby blast furnace.

The Sidney Morning Herald has reported that 100 firefighters battled the blaze that broke out in the ship’s hold just after 3am. The newspaper reported that Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Norm Buckley said it was a challenging job. “We’re going to be there for a long time,” Inspector Buckley said. No injuries were reported.

“Shipping recommenced and the port reopened at 1130 (0130 GMT) and is expected to be back on schedule by around 1700,” Harbour master Kell Dillon said.

 

A massive emergency drill took place in Port Kembla last month that saw Port Authority of NSW lead a full-scale multi-agency operation to protect the port from a simulated oil spill and fire. 

BlueScope Steel beleive that the blaze would have no impact on its steelmaking and none of its port equipment was damaged.

The port, also the state’s largest vehicle import gateway, counts among its customers nearby coal mines run by BHP spinoff South32, which said its exports were unaffected.

The ship’s owner, CSL Australia, said damage to the vessel was not immediately clear. At the time of the fire, eight vessels at anchor in the port, mostly bulk carriers and roll-on, roll-off vehicle ships.

Latest News

Teesport secures long-term Gypsum deal

(Posted on 11/12/18)

PD Ports, one of the UK’s major port groups, has signed a multi-million pound, five-year contract... Read more


Tacora comes to Sept-Îles

(Posted on 11/12/18)

The Port of Sept-Îles has announced that Tacora Resources Inc. is now a user of the port&rsquo... Read more


Longview’s infrastructure-focused budget

(Posted on 11/12/18)

The Port of Longview’s Board of Commissioners have approved its infrastructure-focused 2019 Budget... Read more


Cargotec’s calls to join Rainmaking programme

(Posted on 11/12/18)

Cargotec partnered with Rainmaking Ltd. in September this year to establish a startup collaboration... Read more


Milwaukee ready for increased rail service

(Posted on 03/12/18)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of approximately $3-million to Port Milwaukee... Read more


Pilbara volumes flat, year-on-year

(Posted on 03/12/18)

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a total monthly throughput of 57.3 million tonnes (Mt) for... Read more


Increase in timber volume handled by Riga

(Posted on 03/12/18)

This year the Port of Riga has experienced a significant increase of timber cargo, which has become... Read more


REKO invests €125m in Rotterdam plant

(Posted on 27/11/18)

REKO, short for Recycling Kombinatie REKO B.V., has started construction on a new thermal treatment... Read more


Strong rail growth in Hamburg

(Posted on 27/11/18)

In the first nine months of the year, the Port of Hamburg transferred substantially more freight on... Read more


Vancouver renders decision on Fraser Grain Terminal

(Posted on 27/11/18)

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has approved a permit application from Fraser Grain Terminal to... Read more


OvetCleveland Cascades LtdThe Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport CouncilCimbria Bulk Equipment A/SMultimodal 2018Vigan Engineering S.A
  • Multimodal 2018
  • Sailors Society
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Port of Stockton
  • TMS Awards 2016 winners

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping