Due to the rugged coastline, ships arriving at Norfolk Island are required to anchor approximately 1 km from shore at either Kingston or Cascade Bay depending on weather conditions. Goods are discharged using the ship’s derricks into small lighters. These are towed between the ship and the shore by motorised launches. These lighters are 8m in length and are modelled on the old whaling boats. A mobile crane on the jetty lifts the cargo from the lighters onto the pier.

Take a look through our image gallery to see the process in action.