For the first time since 2013, a ro-ro vessel is scheduled to call at Port of Newcastle with a commercial cargo.
For the first time since 2013, a ro-ro vessel is scheduled
to call at Port of Newcastle with a commercial cargo.
The 200-meter Triton Ace, capable of carrying up to 6500
cars, will stop in Newcastle on May 8. The shipment – the first of two ro-ro
calls in two months – comes as the port continues to diversify trade and Höegh
Autoliners grows its Australian service.
The Triton Ace will deliver a number of large pieces of
mining machinery headed for customers in the local area.
Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said: “A lot of local
businesses are doing things pretty tough at the moment. We are committed to
helping the region to grow and get people back on their feet as the recovery
begins. There are thousands of people newly out of work and all of us need to
look at ways we can create more jobs, more investment and a better economy than
the one we started this crisis with. This is a small but important first step –
the port is open to any new trade opportunities.”
Carmody is also growing wind farm import trade as part of
the port’s sustainability plans. More than 200 wind turbines have been imported
through Port of Newcastle over the past four years and this number is set to
grow a further 25 percent this year.
Port of Newcastle has hired shipping consultant Richard
Bailey, from Loch and Quay Consulting, to engage with industry and inform the
Port’s planning and design as it seeks to diversify trade and support emerging
The next ro-ro vessel, Hoegh Trove, is due at Port of
Newcastle on July 12.