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Townsville is first Port of call for new vessel out of Japan

The colossal 199m bright red car carrier Niagara Highway, arrived in port today on its first voyage from the ship yard in Yokohama, Japan unloading 250 motor vehicles over multi-cargo Berth 4. Constructed by Imabari Shipbuilding Co.,Ltd, Niagara Highway sets a new standard in the K Line fleet. Offering high adaptability with variety of cargo, the increase in vessel’s size allows large-scale cargo to be loaded, even a bullet train can be loaded.

This capability is appealing to the mining industry; as large underground specialised mining equipment is often transported through the Port. Acting General Manager Business Development, David Sibley said the arrival of the new vessel demonstrates the global demand on port infrastructure. “Globally ships are being built bigger and better. This resonates with the prediction of trade volume to treble over the next 30 years.” “The Channel Upgrade Project ensures that Townsville remains Northern Australia’s transport link to the world. Keeping globally competitive is critical for business sustainability.”

Ms Maria James, Trade & Business Development Manager, Port of Townsville and Vincent M M Raj, Master – Niagara Highway

Source: Port of Townsville

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