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Annual Report 2004-2005 Darwin Port Corporation



Annual Report 2004-2005 Darwin Port Corporation

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D A R W IN P O R T C O R P O R A T IO N A N N U A L R E P O R T 2004/2005 Negotiation of agreements with Bootu Creek Resources for the proposed export of 600,000 tonnes per annum of manganese ore and determination of funding to facilitate the construction of bulk materials handling infrastructure with a 1,500 tonne per hour loading rate and 2 million tonne per annum throughput capacity. Commencement of construction of a new East Arm port entry security gatehouse. Determination of agreement with Natural Fuels Australia for the import of palm oil as feed stock for a new biodiesel manufacturing plant at East Arm, and agreement with Vopak for a pipeline licence to construct an additional pipeline for the transport of palm oil from the BLB to the plant site. Establishment of a licence with Baileys Marine Fuel and the construction of diesel dispensing facilities at Fishermans Wharf to service the fishing industry. The Corporation (particularly the Harbour Master) assisted ConocoPhillips in establishing planned infrastructure and development of vessel navigation procedures to ensure safe navigation of LNG carrier operations in the Port of Darwin. Darwin Pilots have commenced training on the simulator at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston. 5.3 Governance The Corporation continued to prepare for transition to Government Owned Corporation Status. In August 2004 Cabinet decided that the Corporation was to remain as a Government Business Division. In view of the significant further infrastructure investment envisaged for East Arm, Cabinet decided that a review of the situation would be made in 3 years. In conjunction with the above, amendments to the Darwin Port Corporation Act were made which changed the status of the Directors to that of an Advisory Board of up to 7 members including the CEO. The CEO is also made the corporate sole of the Corporation reporting directly to the Minister. A business risk assessment was undertaken by Risk Management Services to assess any deficiencies or exposures in the Corporations planning and operational procedures. 5.4 Planning The Corporations Corporate Business Plan was subject to a review by staff and Board members and a new plan issued. The Corporations Port Development Plan which forecasts infrastructure requirements for the next 15 years was revised and updated. Continued consideration of development proposals and commercial aspects associated with the relocation of private operations to East Arm was undertaken. Detailed consideration of infrastructure options leading to construction of infrastructure associated with the establishment of bulk materials handling capability at East Arm. Continued pursuit of the Corporations strategic goal to secure freehold title to land areas at East Arm (currently Crown Land) which are strategic to future port developments as cargo handling areas. 9 5.CEOs Overview cont.