Earlier this month, Lloyd’s List Australia ran a story on a stacker-reclaimer being unloaded at the Port of Mackay, which arrived on the Happy Dover on August 6.
From there, the modules were discharged to barge, with a total of eight such trips required to convey the equipment to Hay Point, situated about 40km south of Mackay.
Once at its destination, the stacker-reclaimer will be used to move coal from incoming trains to terminal stockpiles and then onto export ships as part of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Hay Point Coal Terminal operations.
The heaviest component is 267,000kg and the longest 65m long. Smaller pieces such as buckets and structural elements will be either stored at Mackay on laydown spaces or trucked directly to the coal terminal.
In total, the stacker- reclaimer weighs 1150 tonnes and is 65m long when the boom is fully extended.
The delivery has gone “smoothly” according to Asiaworld Shipping Services’ Alan Mann.
“After unloading, the ship will return to China and pick up a second lot and do it all over again,” he said.
“It will be back in about five to six weeks’ time,” said Mr Mann.