McAleese Group secures iron ore haulage contract

Australian transport specialist McAleese Group has confirmed that its McAleese Resources division has been awarded the road haulage contract for Atlas Iron Limited’s Abydos iron ore mine in the North Pilbara region of Western Australia. Haulage from the mine to Port Hedland is expected to commence in June 2013 and will be at the rate of 2-3 million tonnes per annum.

This agreement closely follows the recent award to McAleese by Atlas Iron for the haulage contract from the Mt Dove iron ore mine and extensions to the existing haulage arrangements from the Pardoo and Wodgina iron ore mines that are also located in the North Pilbara area.

This agreement strengthens the working relationship between Atlas Iron and McAleese Resources, with both companies recently celebrating the safe haulage of 15 million tonnes of iron ore from Atlas Iron’s mining operations.

“We are delighted to further extend our relationship with Atlas Iron, by supporting their growth ambitions through the on-going provision of a safe, flexible and efficient bulk haulage service,” said McAleese Group CEO, Paul Garaty. Paul Garaty joined McAleese in April 2012 following over 30 years of industry experience which including senior management roles at Toll Holdings Limited, BHP Limited and Asciano Limited, where he was head of the Patrick Ports division and the Pacific National Intermodal division.

“As part of our continuous improvement program we are also working closely with Atlas to improve payloads and vehicle scheduling and in so doing not only demonstrate the cost effectiveness and flexibility of road transport of iron ore but to also minimise the impact of our operations on the local communities,” Mr Garaty said.

McAleese Transport was founded in the early 1930s as a regional transportation company operating primarily in Northern Queensland. Between 2001 and 2007, McAleese Transport expanded its heavy haulage operations through organic growth, as well as with the acquisitions of J.N. Nicholson Transport (2001), Miers Heavy Haulage (2004) and Wescomb Heavy Haulage (2007).

McAleese Transport also diversified its operations into lifting solutions by acquiring Walter Wright Cranes Australia (1992), a 50 per cent interest in National Crane Hire (2002), Brimco Hire Services (2008) and Legend Cranes (2011) to create the McAleese Group.

McAleese's most recent acquisition was that of International Energy Services, which was completed in April 2012 to diversify McAleese's operations to include bulk haulage, liquid fuels distribution, the manufacture of specialist fluid handling equipment and the provision of associated services.

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