27 February 2017
A special operation took place recently to transport a “distinctive” piece of cargo across the wharves of Port Botany.
On the evening of Friday 24th February, Mtundu, a 15-month-old giraffe arrived at DP World’s Port Botany terminal on board the Hamburg Sud vessel Hammonia Galacia.
As one of the largest container ports in Australia, Port Botany is used to handling cargo from all over the world, with almost 2.3 million containers transiting the facility annually. This movement however, was rather unique.
The project to move Mtundu was a carefully orchestrated exercise requiring the cooperation of many parties and port stakeholders.
Having travelled from Auckland Zoo in a specially built enclosure, the giraffe was lifted off the vessel onto low loader truck which was waiting on the wharf.
With the assistance of a convoy of transport and logistics professionals, the truck exited the port in the early hours of Saturday morning before hitting the highway, safely delivering Mtundu to his new home at Mogo Zoo on the south coast of NSW.
The 500 kilogram giraffe was joined on his journey by a support crew including specialist animal handlers and veterinarian staff.
NSW Ports manages the ports of Port Botany and Port Kembla and is proud to be able to support the movement of goods on behalf of the people and businesses of New South Wales and Australia – (in whatever shape or size they come).