13 Dec EXCLUSIVE TOWAGE LICENCE AWARDED FOR PORT OF GLADSTONE
Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has awarded a new Exclusive Towage Licence to Smit Lamnalco Towage Australia Pty Ltd (Smit), to manage the Port of Gladstone towage operations.
The licence will commence on 1 January 2019 for a five-year term, with an option to extend for a further three years to 31 December 2026.
GPC Chairman Peter Corones said Smit Lamnalco is the incumbent harbour towage provider, with a proven track record of safely handling vessels within the Port of Gladstone.
“Smit Lamnalco was identified as the preferred tenderer and we are confident they will continue to provide a safe, efficient and effective service,” Mr Corones said. “Smit Lamnalco’s experience in operating in the Port of Gladstone’s unique environment, partnered with its ability to provide a strategic approach to towage activities, will ensure the licence benefits all port users.”
The Gladstone Harbour Towage Licence was granted to Smit Lamnalco following a competitive and comprehensive tender process. The process was overseen by independent probity advisors. “GPC developed a detailed strategy consistent with the State’s Queensland Procurement Policy and the exclusive dealing notification submitted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,” Mr Corones said. “It was designed to ensure public benefits, such as lower costs and efficiencies for port users, which we are confident will be achieved through the award of the exclusive licence.”