Car and Truck Carrier Calls in Northport – For Wood Products


A vessel normally used to transport cars and trucks will call at Northport tomorrow (February 16) to load around 5,000 cubic meters of triboard from the Juken factory in Kaitaia. The mv Istra Ace has left South America and is heading to Japan. She is due to leave Northport late Thursday or early Friday.

The PCTC (Pure Car, Truck Carrier) is a vessel specially designed for transporting various types of rolling cargo, such as cars and trucks, heavy construction equipment and other heavy loads. These vessels are usually configured with 10 to 13 decks for loading different types of vehicles with axle loads from 1.2 tons to over 22 tons. The Istra Ace will load the triboard on the main cargo deck, which is designed for heavy loads, providing the ship with a ‘backload’ to Japan rather than having to travel the entire route empty.

A fleet of four trucks operating in rotation will drive the starboard loads over the ship’s stern ramp to the ship where they will be unloaded. There the cargo will be stowed and secured by Northport personnel and equipment.

Northport managing director Jon Moore said the unscheduled call would demonstrate Northport’s ability to accommodate and handle car carriers and ro-ro vessels.

“We have been discussing for some years with vehicle importers how they could restructure and future-proof their business model by using Marsden Point as a single hub for vehicle arrival, storage, preparation and distribution,” said Mr. Moore.

“We used our port and harbor simulator to demonstrate how we could handle ships such as the one arriving tomorrow, so we’re looking forward to putting the modeling into practice.”

About Northport

Northport, located at Marsden Point at the mouth of Whangarei Harbour, is New Zealand’s northernmost deep-water port. It is a flexible facility that can accommodate large multi-purpose vessels and full cargo handling facilities are available from its 570 meter linear berth.

Logs, wood chips and processed wood for export constitute the bulk of the goods handled by the port. Recent investments in container handling equipment have seen adoption in coastal and international container trade. Other export products include kiwi fruit, dairy products and manufactured products. Imports are a significant part of Northport’s business and include fertilizers, gypsum, coal and palm kernel.

The port is owned and operated by Northport Ltd, itself jointly and equally owned by Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd and the Port of Tauranga Ltd.

For more information please contact:

Peter Heath, Due North Public Relations

[email protected].nz / 021-456089

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