Port of Newcastle receives first light rail carriage

The first carriage for the Newcastle Light Rail project was received by the Port of Newcastle, highlighting the port’s ro-ro capability.

The specialist consignment arrived on onboard Hoegh’s roll-on/roll-off vessel which docked at the Port’s West Basin berth to complete the delivery.

Highlighting the Port’s ro-ro capability, the cargo was rolled-off Hoegh’s Jeddah vessel and lifted directly onto a custom-built trailer. With minimal handling and flexible storage options provided by the Port, the cargo made a smooth journey to the local project site within five kilometres of the Port.

Port of Newcastle’s Executive Manager Customer and Strategic Development, Ian Doherty, said the rail carriage arrival was another opportunity for the Port to demonstrate its project cargo and ro-ro capability.

“Whether it’s via ro-ro or lo-lo, the Port of Newcastle has the expertise to handle all kinds of project cargo. We have handled thousands of passengers rail cars, locomotives, track machines and wagons, as well other specialised machinery and equipment shipments for the construction, mining and agricultural sectors.

“With our latest project cargo arrival being destined for a high-profile local infrastructure project, our team brought a can-do attitude to the planning and delivery of this special cargo from the berth to the railway shed,” said Mr Doherty.

The NSW Government confirmed that major construction of light rail track will be completed on time by the end of September.

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