Port of Newcastle Launches Bulk Terminal Project

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…As ONE Takes Delivery of 14,000 TEU Magenta-Color Newbuild***

Australia’s Port of Newcastle has launched the Newcastle Bulk Terminal development at Walsh Point, Kooragang Island.

The launch of the terminal showcases an AUD 33 million investment made by the Port of Newcastle in bulk cargo handling equipment, associated infrastructure and additional strategic initiatives.

The investment and initiatives include the creation of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal through the combining of the Kooragang 2 and Kooragang 3 berths under one banner, demolition of existing crane unloader infrastructure, construction of a new crane unloader and associated infrastructure.

Other developments include provision of temporary mobile hopper unloading infrastructure, direct provision of environmental services at the terminal and implementation of direct management of the terminal by Port of Newcastle.

Port of Newcastle’s Executive Manager Operations and Infrastructure, Keith Wilks, said the project represented a significant investment by the Port of Newcastle into the next generation in bulk handling infrastructure.

Wilks informed that the launch of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal represents Stage 1 of the project, while Stage 2 of the Walsh Point Master Plan will include minimising cargo double handling, reducing cargo transfer points and removing trucks from the berths through the use conveyor systems.

“Newcastle is a global gateway for bulk and general cargoes but it needs to continue to diversify. The development of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal is a key component in this strategy, as is the development of a container terminal,”  Geoff Crowe, Port of Newcastle’s CEO, said.

In the meantime, Ocean Network Express (ONE) has taken delivery of ONE Stork, its first magenta-colored newbuilding containership with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU.

The ship was delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. The sublet owner is Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line).

The 139,500 dwt ONE Stork features a length of 364 meters and a width of 50.6 meters. In addition, it has a market value of USD 94.72 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.

Flying the flag of Japan, the newbuild employs a hull form that allows improved cargo-loading efficiency achieved by minimized engine-room space. Moreover, the vessel applies the duel system in its main engine which is capable to choose two other output ranges (high and low) that allows flexible operation and improved fuel consumption rate, resulting in a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, the company explained.

ONE Stork will phase in THE Alliance’s Asia to North America (East Coast) EC4 service with its port rotation Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, and Singapore.

“ONE is excited to take delivery of first new-building containership with our new corporate colour, magenta. The magenta colour shows our intentional drive to do things differently and explore newness in this market,” Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer of ONE, commented.

ONE is a joint venture of Japanese shipping companies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. It commenced operations in April this year.

World Maritime News