Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis today welcomed the arrival of the second direct shipment of Caterpillar trucks and equipment to supply the expanding mining sector.
A month after the inaugural shipment carried from the U.S. to Outer Harbour, a second vessel has arrived carrying 793F trucks as well as bulldozers and graders.
This latest consignment includes five 793F mining truck bodies, a 777G off-highway truck, two 24M graders and a 854K wheel dozer and blade that will be transported to Cavpower’s Whyalla facility for
pre-assembly and then moved to Olympic Dam.
The rest of the consignment is made up of a further four 793F truck bodies, four 988H wheel loaders, three 777G off-highway trucks and a 140M motor grader ultimately destined for other sites throughout South Australia.
“South Australia’s mining sector has now reached a point where it is big enough to warrant monthly port calls to Outer Harbor by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics,” Mr Koutsantonis says.
“These big ships regularly carrying heavy trucks and other equipment are creating work here for our
stevedores, logistics experts, transport industry and mechanics before heading to mines in our State’s
“This consignment for Cavpower shipped from Decatur, Illinois is the second of six monthly shipments to arrive here to support the State’s fast-expanding mining sector.
“Part of the shipment carried here onboard Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’s mv Toscana is destined
for Olympic Dam as preparatory works continue there for the proposed expansion.
“I look forward to further shipments to arrive in the months ahead as the hundreds of millions of dollars in exploration unleashed in this State during the past decade is transformed into working mines.
A wholly-owned South Australian company, Cavpower have been the Caterpillar dealer for South
Australia and Broken Hill since 1972 providing equipment, parts and service.