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A new shipping company has struck a one-off deal with NT railway owner-operator FreightLink to shift more than 60 Chinese freight containers from Darwin to Adelaide next week.
But Hai Win Shipping director Frank Guerra told the Northern Territory News yesterday a vital long-term deal with FreightLink was yet to be struck.
"We have agreed to use them for this first run -- they have negotiated a better rate for us," he said.
"But it is still not within the realms of commercial viability to make this work. At this stage that is a hurdle we have to seriously work on."
The first ship -- the 149m Ursula -- will arrive in Darwin tonight, carrying 247 containers from Shanghai in China.
The ship will offload 63 containers and about 50 tonnes of steel at Darwin's East Arm Port, before heading on to Fremantle with the remaining cargo.
The containers -- for customers in South Australia -- will be loaded on the freight train and are expected to reach Adelaide by Thursday.
Mr Guerra said it would allow a trial run of the infrastructure -- crucial if the service is to continue stopping in Darwin. "We want to test that the port is up to it and we want to test the rail system," he said.
Containers from China that are dropped off in Darwin can reach Adelaide in about 15 days -- several days quicker than through ports in Melbourne and Fremantle.
Mr Guerra said: "There is an advantage there and the Adelaide businesses will like that."
Hai Win also hopes to use Darwin as a freight link into northern Queensland and northern Western Australia with the aid of its Australian booking agents, Merchant Overseas Logistics and ABX Logistics.
Northern Territory News
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