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Iquique handles biggest call size for automobiles to date

NIAGARA HIGHWAY is the 31st car carrier call at the North Chilean port since K-Line began calling in September 2017

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Iquique handles biggest call size for automobiles to date

NIAGARA HIGHWAY is a new PCTC, delivered to K-Line from Imabari Shipbuilding Co in Japan earlier this year. The vessel measures 200m long by 37.2m wide and has a maximum intake of 7,500 cars. The angled stern ramp can accept loads up to 150 tonnes and 5.8m high.


The vessel berthed at the port’s Terminal Molo and discharged the biggest number of cars to date, 2,580 vehicles of various marques, along with other rolling loads.

K-Kine started calling at Iquique in September 2017
K-Kine started calling at Iquique in September 2017

The vessel was handled for the port authority (EPI) and operator Pedro Marin Encalada by stevedoring company Ecos. According to EPI’s director general, Rubén Castro, the operation was completed by 31 workers in four shifts and the peak discharge rate was 97 vehicles per hour.


On leaving Iquique, the vessel sailed to Yokohama. K-Line is represented in Chile by Agunsa.

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