Sea Freight Shipping to Lihir


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Welcome to CargoMaster, Australia’s renowned sea freight specialists to Papua New Guinea

Also servicing: Aitape, Alotau, Arawa, Buka, Daru, Kavieng, Kieta, Kimbe, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Oro Bay, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo, Wewak,

Our high performance team of sea freight service professionals offer many years’ experience delivering shipping containers to Lihir

Cargomaster delivers self-pack containers all over the world.

Lihir Island, also known as Niolam Island, is a prominent island within the Lihir group of islands, situated in Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland Province. With dimensions spanning 22 kilometers in length and 14.5 kilometers in width, it holds the distinction of being the largest island in its group. The island’s terrain consists of a complex formation of overlapping basaltic stratovolcanoes, reaching an elevation of 700 meters above sea level. Although the volcanoes are presently inactive, the presence of geothermal activity persists.

Positioned 900 kilometers northeast of Port Moresby, Lihir Island experiences an average annual rainfall of 4,800 millimeters (190 inches) and a temperature range spanning from 19 to 35 degrees Celsius. The population of the Lihir Group has seen substantial growth, increasing from 12,570 individuals in 2000 to an estimated 25,608 people in 2011. The inhabitants are primarily of Melanesian descent, leading predominantly subsistence lifestyles.

While Lihirians adhere to traditional belief systems, official census records indicate that 99% of Papua New Guinea’s population identifies as Christian, with Catholicism being the largest denomination. Most villages are situated along the coastal regions, although it is believed that some villages were originally located inland but were relocated to the coast under the guidance of missionaries.

Sea Freight Shipping to Lihir

The economic hub of the island revolves around the Ladolam Gold Mine, a significant mining operation. Ladolam encompasses one of the world’s largest epithermal gold deposits, hosted by high-potassic igneous rocks. Newcrest is the operator of the mine, which holds an impressive 46 million ounces of gold resources. Notably, grab samples obtained from the Conical Seamount, a submarine formation approximately 8 kilometers south of Lihir Island, exhibit substantial gold concentrations, with values reaching up to 230 grams per ton of gold (average of 26 g/t, based on 40 samples), hosted by high-potassic trachybasalts.

Located within an area of geothermal activity, the mine has implemented steam relief wells to alleviate subterranean pressure. The extracted steam has been partially harnessed to operate a 50-megawatt geothermal power station, supplying approximately 25% of the mine’s energy requirements. The mine discharges its tailings into the sea.

Londolovit stands as the largest settlement on Lihir Island, accommodating the majority of expatriate mine employees. This locale houses essential shopping facilities and healthcare services. The local hospital offers inpatient and outpatient care, attending to the health needs of both the expatriate and local communities.

To facilitate transportation, an airstrip capable of accommodating small jets is situated north of Londolovit, near Kunaye village.

Sea Freight Shipping to Lihir

Here are some typical questions callers ask about shipping to Lihir:

“How much does it cost to ship a car from Australia to Lihir?”
The cost of shipping cars from Australia to Lihir, Papua New Guinea, depends on the specific locations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Prices vary accordingly.

“How do I import a car into Lihir?”
To import a car into Lihir, it is recommended to contact CargoMaster, a shipping company specializing in shipping cars and machinery to Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands. They can provide further information and fees for shipping cars to Papua New Guinea.

“Do you ship from Brisbane to Lihir?”
Yes, vessels regularly sail from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and Townsville to Lihir and surrounding centers.

Sea Freight Shipping to Lihir

It’s important to be aware of the prohibited and restricted items when shipping to Lihir. Papua New Guinea is known for its strict border control measures, and heavy fines and penalties, including imprisonment, can be imposed for non-compliance. Items such as objectionable material, weapons, equipment for illegal activities, and certain animal products are prohibited or restricted from being imported into Papua New Guinea.

Additionally, bringing motor vehicles into Rabaul entails various costs, including import duties, GST, broker fees, quarantine clearance fees, port handling fees, car safety inspection fees, and registration fees. It’s crucial to consider these expenses and comply with the necessary documentation requirements.

Please note that shipping regulations and requirements may change over time, so it’s advisable to stay informed and seek up-to-date information before shipping to Rabaul.

“What if I don’t qualify for concessions”, You will have to pay Duty and GST.

Sydney to Lihir: 8-12 Days
Melbourne to Lihir: 14-20 Days
Brisbane to Lihir: 18-32 Days
Fremantle (Perth) to Lihir: 18-32 Days
Hobart/Launceston to Lihir: 16-22 Days
Canberra to Lihir: 14-22 Days
Townsville to Lihir: 14-22 Days
Darwin to Lihir: 14-22 Days

Lihir Airport: Lihir Airport
Lihir Shipping Port: PNG Ports Corporation


20 ft Standard Dry (8’6″ x 8′ x 20′)

20 ft Standard Container Measurements

Weight: 4500lbs
Max Gross Weight: 66,139lbs

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 19′ 5″
Width: 7′ 8-⅛”
Height: 7′ 9-⅝”

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8-½”
Height: 7’ 5-¾”

40 ft Standard Dry (8’6″ x 8′ x 40′)

40 ft Standard Container Measurements

Weight: 8500lbs
Max Gross Weight: 66,139lbs

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 39′ ⅜”
Width: 7′ 8-⅛”
Height: 7′ 9-⅝”

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8-½”
Height: 7’ 5-¾”

40 ft High Cube (9’6″ x 8′ x 40′)

40 ft High Cube Container Measurements

Weight: 8750 lbs
Max Gross Weight: 68,008lb

Interior Dimensions:

Length: 39′ 4”
Width: 7′ 7”
Height: 8′ 9″

Door Opening:

Width: 7’ 8″‘
Height: 8’ 5”


CargoMaster offers weekly services for break bulk shipping and shipping large items overseas. These types of services vary greatly between shipment , this area of international shipping should be left to only a few true Australian heavy shipping specialists with many years’ experience (like CargoMaster with 35 years transportation experience) Once again, you need to be very careful when choosing a international freight forwarders to handle the shipping of heavy items overseas this is a specialised transportation mode .choosing the wrong freight forwarder could be devastating and cost you heaps of money (there are plenty of stories of freight forwarders failing when it comes to shipping heavy machinery overseas.! The bottom line is Call CargoMaster if you need to ship heavy equipment from Sydney!

Dimensions of 20ft flat rack container

Internal length 5.94 m / 19.5 ft
Internal width 2.35 m / 7.7 ft
Internal height 2.35 m / 7.7 ft
Tare weight 2,360 kg / 5,203.8 lbs
Payload capacity 30,140 kg / 66,458.7 lbs
Cubic capacity 32.7 m³ / 1,154.3 cu ft

Dimensions of 40ft flat rack container

Internal length 12.13 m / 39.8 ft
Internal width 2.40 m / 7.9 ft
Internal height 2.14 m / 7 ft
Tare weight 5,000 kg / 11,025 lbs
Payload capacity 40,000 kg / 88,200 lbs
Cubic capacity 62.2 m³ / 2,195.7 cu ft

At CargoMaster we strive to deliver cost effective sea freight services to business, government and private individuals.

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