Neptune Pacific Direct Line (NPDL) vessel, the Capitaine Dampier, has arrived at the Port of Newcastle, marking the Port’s first regular container caller, and the beginning of many monthly calls of NPDL container vessels. 

The first Trans-Tasman call saw the export of agricultural products to the AusPac region, along with the import of empty containers to ensure readiness for subsequent vessel calls and containerised export growth. 

The Port of Newcastle said that with around a third of New South Wales’s container exports originating from the Hunter, New England and North West, and that this vessel call highlights the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of utilising Port of Newcastle, with export products originating in the Liverpool Plains, manufactured and packed at a Hunter facility, before being sent to Port of Newcastle for export. 

The Port also said that the NPDL call means significant savings in landside costs for customers in its catchment, with substantial room for growth. 

Featured image: The Port of Newcastle. Image credit: Port of Newcastle.

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