THE vehicle carrier Hoegh Antwerp, 58,767gt, arrived in the Tyne from Kobe, Japan, in July to discharge an interesting cargo of five train carriages.
Built in Japan by Hitachi using bullet-train technology, the five fully-furnished Transpennine Express carriages each weigh 50.4 tonnes and they were stored at the port’s secure Tyne Dock estate before continuing their journey to the Hitachi Rail Europe plant at Newton Aycliffe.
Later this year, the new Transpennine Express trains will connect cities in the North of England and Scotland.
Also on the ship were 16 Kobelco excavators, each weighing up to 25 tonnes, 12 Komatsu excavators of 35 tonnes each and three Hitachi excavators of eight tonnes each.
The voyage of the Hoegh Antwerp covered 12,792 miles. From Kobe, the ship called at Hiroshima, Lianyungang, Masan, Singapore, Livorno, Barcelona, Bristol and then the Tyne.