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Tyne’s fast work ensures express delivery

[ July 16, 2019   //   ]

The Port of Tyne handled an express delivery this summer – unloading five fully-finished carriages for northern train operator Transpennine Express in less than an hour.

Built in Japan, Hitachi is bringing its lightweight, aerodynamic bullet train technology to the North. The 50.4 tonne carriages arrived from Kobe on board the Höegh Antwerp, and will be stored at the Port’s secure Tyne Dock estate before continuing on their journey to Hitachi Rail Europe in Newton Aycliffe.

Alongside the five train carriages were 16 Kobelco Excavators, weighing up to 26 tonnes each; 12 Komatsu Excavators, weighing up to 35 tonnes each, and three Hitachi Excavators, weighing 8 tonnes each.

The train carriages were discharged in less than an hour. Adam Smallridge, Quality Manager at NSA based at the Port of Tyne, said: “The train carriages were double the weight of those we usually handle due to being fully-finished. As always, we had a plan of action in place, resulting in a swift and efficient discharge.”

Business development director Nolan Gray, added: “This is a demonstration of how efficiently the Port handle complex high and heavy cargoes at Tyne Car Terminal. Through our partnership with NSA, the Port of Tyne acts as a strategic import hub for the Hitachi Rail Europe plant in Newton Aycliffe, Durham.

“Increased RoRo capacity in regular shipping services connected to the Port of Tyne offers businesses looking to streamline their supply chain a more efficient, reliable and cost-effective way to connect to global markets.”

Arrival of Hitachi train carriages at Port of Tyne.