Höegh Autoliners transports train body shells in to the UK

19 October 2015

On 7 October, five train body shells were successfully discharged from Höegh Tokyo at the Port of Tyne, Newcastle; UK.

Ingar Skiaker, CEO of Höegh Autoliners says;

It is an honor for Höegh Autoliners to be part of such a prestigious project, transporting the high value train body shells for our long standing customer, Hitachi Rail.Höegh has worked on this project for a long time and we are now very glad to see it materialise.

Being selected as a transport provider for this project recognises Höegh’s capabilities in the breakbulk sector. It also shows that the experience we have gained over many years transporting breakbulk, together with the investments we have made in new vessels and equipment; meet the expectations of a global company like Hitachi.

The 3.8 meter high and 26 meter long train body shells will undergo advanced manufacturing processes at Hitachi’s the new state-of-the-art Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility (RVMF) in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

In August this year, the Port of Tyne was part of another important moment in Höegh’s history. On that occasion our newest vessel; the Höegh Target, visited the port on her maiden voyage.  Höegh Target is purpose built to handle heavier and larger cargo and over the next 18 months, five more vessels of the same design will be delivered to Höegh Autoliners. As the new vessels enter our  fleet, the train body shells for Hitachi, will mainly be loaded on these.