QUBE has trialled a new double-stacked container vehicle at the Port of Brisbane. The port claims the trial was a first for Australia.

The new Super B Double Double Stacked vehicle is the first of its kind to be trialled on public roads in Australia.

The vehicle carried eight empty TEU on a defined route in Qube’s facilities at the port, and on limited public port roads.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Australian Road Research board also attended the trial.

NHVR issued a temporary permit for the trial, and PBPL granted temporary consent as the port’s road manager.

PBPL chief executive officer Neil Stephens said the trial followed a significant period of design, engineering and consultation between Qube and its stakeholders.

“This is a fantastic outcome for Qube and all parties involved today,” Mr Stephens said.

“It’s also a clear demonstration of the collaboration and innovation being achieved by our customers and partners here at the port that’s enhancing productivity and efficiency in their operations.

“As port manager, one of our key priorities is investing in infrastructure to support supply chain efficiency.

“We were pleased to deliver road improvement works and upgrade the access/egress to a number of facilities to support this new vehicle and Qube’s innovation.”

PBPL said under the current permit and consent conditions, the new double stacked vehicle will continue to transport empty containers on a defined route within Qube’s facility and limited public port roads under stringent safety and operational conditions.