The first roll-on roll-off (RORO) ship to berth at Port of Mackay arrived on Thursday, with four Caterpillar 794AC mining trucks on board.
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) acting chief executive officer Brendan Webb said the shipment marked a significant achievement for the port.
“Our new infrastructure upgrades allow RORO vessels to berth, which significantly expands our capabilities,” Mr Webb said.
“These vessels make it easier to ship additional heavy vehicles and machinery into the port. More than 100,000 tonnes of break bulk cargo passed through the Port of Mackay in 2017-18 and we aim to continue this strong trend in the year ahead.”
The Cat 794AC trucks were shipped into Australia by Hastings Deering from the United States, bound for the Bowen Basin.
Hastings Deering general manager mining sales Jason Smith said the delivery represented an important change in the heavy logistics supply chain traditionally employed for such cargoes.
“Historically, this kind of machinery has had to be brought into Australia via other ports and transported large distances on the roads,” Mr Smith said.
“With mining activity picking up in the Bowen Basin, it’s great to have the option to bring equipment directly into the Port of Mackay.”
The trucks are being assembled at the Hasting Deering facility in nearby Paget, before being delivered to National Mining Services—transported by National Heavy Haulage—both subsidiaries of the National Group.