Major contract secured with mining giant Rio Tinto

Northline has secured a major contract with mining giant Rio Tinto.

The contract, which started in June, will see Northline transport more than 5000 tonnes of freight annually from around the country for Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mine located on western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

Freight transported for Rio Tinto will be diverse – from printer cartridges to large pieces of earthmoving machinery and everything in between.

The freight will be transported to Northline’s Cairns depot where it will be then transported around the cape to the mine site by a local barge contractor.

Northline took over the contract after being selected for its high quality service and innovative approach to cost savings that could be achieved through its national transport and distribution network.

Northline Chief Executive Officer, Craige Whitton said the contract with Rio Tinto marks a new era for Northline as it realises the potential of its national network to support the supply of freight to remote locations.

“Rio Tinto has cast a major vote of confidence in Northline’s capabilities and the strength of our distribution network which we’ve been building for 30 years,” said Mr Whitton. .”