Cat mining vehicles arrive at Newcastle

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It wasn’t a red carpet occasion, but it was still a big day at the Port of Newcastle when two Caterpillar mining vehicles were delivered.

Cat mining vehicles arrive at Newcastle
The Cat 994K wheel loader is the largest of its kind and too big to fit fully assembled and had to be offloaded in parts.

Weighing 111.8 tonnes empty and built with a 64.6 tonne payload capacity, the Cat 775G off highway truck is too large to handle for a lot of transport vehicles.

So it was unusual when, earlier this month, a fully built truck made its way off a ship and onto the wharf at the Port of Newcastle under its own power.

This was largely due to the size of the Norwegian vessel the Hoegh Jeddah – a 200m roll on-roll off vessel that was delivering two Cat machines destined for a mining client in the Hunter Valley.

It is the third time this year a vessel of this type has entered the port and the first time WesTrac has taken delivery of Cat machines so close to its Tomago headquarters.

According to WesTrac general manager of product support Danielle Bull, such equipment typically had to be offloaded at Port Kembla in parts and transported to Tomago or nearby customer sites for assembly.

"Due to the size of the vessel, we were able to receive the Cat 775G off highway truck already assembled and watch it roll directly out of the cargo hold," she says.


"The other machine, a Cat 994K wheel loader, is the largest of its kind and too big to fit fully assembled on any cargo carrier in the world, but the fact we could take local delivery of it means the transport time is greatly reduced, which in turn means faster delivery to the customer site."

Port of Newcastle senior manager of business development Matthew Swan says the ability of the port to handle such vessels provides a compelling proposition for industry across the region.

"Port of Newcastle is ideally located and equipped to assist companies in the region to reduce final leg transport costs," he says.

"We’ve seen a range of mining and construction equipment delivered in this way
during 2020 and we are optimistic of future growth across a whole range of industry
sectors as local companies seek the time and cost advantages of bringing cargo right to their doorsteps."

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