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FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTAUSTRALASIA


Höegh Target at the port of Melbourne.


Recovery beckons


Dave MacIntyre, our regional correspondent in


AUSTRALASIA


Confidence in the Australian project sector is increasing as recovery continues in mining and exploration, leading to renewed investments and attracting enhanced ro-ro services.


Australasia region. T One such ro-ro operator is Höegh


Autoliners, which has introduced a monthly USA/Mexico connection on its European service to New Zealand. The Norwegian carrier said it has diverted one of its Europe-Africa-Australasia sailings in order to realise the new service.


The new service pattern provides another ro-ro service option from New Zealand to


www.heavyliftpfi.com


Last year Höegh carried very long trams for two major projects in Australia, handling the cargo without any lifting being involved.


he signs of a lift in the Australian mining, exploration and


construction sectors have produced a response from ro-ro ship operators, which are increasing services into the


Australia, which could be useful for repositioning machinery after projects finish in New Zealand.


The service revision also coincides with Höegh increasing its Europe-Australia


frequency from three to four sailings per month.


While the backbone of liner ro-ro services is passenger vehicles, they also move a variety of trucks, in addition to agricultural, construction and mining equipment. There is also huge growth in rail/light rail shipments – last year Höegh carried very long trams for two major projects in Australia, handling the cargo without any lifting being involved.


Rail projects


The line’s Mafi trailers are well-suited for higher-volume, ongoing rail projects with the non-lift solution being lauded by the cargo owner and its insurers. Between 2017 and this year, Höegh will participate in about five railcar transport projects in Australia. By connecting two 40 ft Mafi trailers side by side, towed by a single tugmaster, Höegh has also completed a number of very wide static cargo shipments including boats, catamarans and equipment for the energy sector.


Brendan Wallis, Höegh Autoliners Oceania representative, told HLPFI that the


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