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International Project Logistics  is a Brisbane-based global logistics provider for companies requiring transport of heavy lift, project-related and oversized cargoes. They were recently contracted to organise the movement of 24 locomotives from Brisbane, for their new owners Apex Australia Pty Ltd and NREC Australia. The locomotives were bound for Durban for reuse on the African continent. 22 of the locomotives were consigned by Apex, which is associated with the Apex Group of Companies, a multi-national enterprise specialising in surplus asset disposal solutions. Of these, four related to the 2012 sale of 39 locomotives to Apex, the other 18 from a more recent Aurizon disposal. NREC’s two locomotives were obtained from KiwiRail, arriving from New Zealand as roll-on, roll-off cargo on the MV Tarago, before being transhipped onto the specially chartered heavy lift ship, the BBC Carolina, for the voyage from Brisbane.


2159D is lifted for placement into the BBC Carolina at the port of Brisbane on Wednesday 21 August 2013


The ship was berthed at the Port of Brisbane’s No.3 wharf for three days, loading taking place from 19 to 21 August. Of the 24 locomotives, 20 arrived by road from Aurizon’s Redbank Workshops over the three days. Only one locomotive arrived by rail at the port, this being the sole electric locomotive in the recent purchase. After arriving at the port on 5 August, it was lifted off at the Brisbane Multi-modal Terminal on 12 August, as part of the same operation that placed two new Siemens electric locomotives onto the rail, after they had arrived from Germany for owner BMA. This was also handled by International Project Logistics. It was then transported to Russell Transport’s holding yard at Lytton waiting the ship’s arrival. Another 60 tonne diesel was unable to move from Rockhampton by rail, and was lifted there on 9 August and also transported by road to Russell’s yard. The two NZ locomotives (which were former Queensland 1460 class diesels originally sold in the mid-nineties) remained on the dock following their unloading from the Tarago.



2170 Class 2204 and 1773 are lowered into the hold of BBC Carolina on Monday 19 August 2013, the latter to be placed in front of electric locomotive 3104.


International Project Logistics contracted Russell Transport and McAleese Transport for the road transport task from Redbank to Fisherman Islands over the three days of loading, using a total of seven trucks. This entailed movement of two distinct types – 12 longer 95 tonne types and eight shorter 60 tonne types. Metrolift were hired to provide two cranes for loading at Redbank. A good loading rate was maintained at the wharf, with six on Monday, ten on Tuesday and the remaining eight on Wednesday, successfully meeting all required deadlines. The BBC Carolina departed Brisbane at midday on Thursday, with an  expected arrival in Durban of 16 September.