A cargo of 66 new rail wagons has been unloaded at the Port of Mackay as Aurizon boosts its coal haulage fleet.
The rail freight operator has bought a total of 264 coal haulage wagons from China and this is the first of four shipments.
An Aurizon spokeswoman said they would be put to work in the local rail system to support growth and new contracts.
The wagons delivered to Port of Mackay this week are bound for Paget for commissioning, according to North Queensland Bulk Ports chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin.
“The Port of Mackay is ideally located for businesses to capitalise on trade opportunities as it offers the region’s resource sector a primary link to the rest of the world,” he said.
“NQBP is actively pursuing growth opportunities at the Port of Mackay, which has seen a strong start to 2020 with six breakbulk ships expected to discharge / load for the month of January. “
NQBP has recorded its highest December trade figures at Mackay in 10 years – 304,539 tonnes.
Raw sugar (84,000 tonnes) and scrap metal (15,790 tonnes) also topped previous December monthly records.