Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference: program

The program for the 14th annual Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference has been announced, with this year’s theme centring around the affect on supply chain sustainability on businesses.

The conference’s line-up includes a number of industry-leading guest speakers including Robert Allan, chief of Royal Wolf Holdings; David Overall, CEO of Downer EDI Mining; Phillip Di Bella, managing director of Di Bella Coffee; and Richard Hancock, CEO of National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

To be held on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of August at the Sofitel Hotel Brisbane, the Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference is the largest event of its kind in the state and is suited for supply chain, logistics, transport and procurement professionals and practitioners.

Conference organisers said the second day of the conference will be broken up into three Workshops for high-end hands-on personal and professional development. Delegates will have the choice of one of three sessions around procurement,   change or supply chain collaboration.

New rail freight facility planned for Toowoomba

A group of investors plan to build a $125 million bulk rail terminal facility north of the city to target the agriculture and logistics industries.

Chaired by Toowoomba businessman John Dornsbusch, the InterlinkSQ project will be located at Charton-Wellcamp, bordering the western rail line.

The site spans 162 hectares, and is in the second phase of planning with development set to commence by the end of this year, The Chronicle reported.

Dornbusch said the site was chosen due to its strategic position with national road and rail facilities in close proximity.

"The site will facilitate the transportation of freight either in bulk or in an intermodal container or vehicle," Dornbusch said.

"It will be one of the most important, and major, rail projects to be undertaken in Queensland.

"The project has essentially been designed around three rail terminals large enough for trains up to one kilometre long to access," he said.

Dornbusch said the project had the support of the Port of Brisbane Corporation.

"The Port of Brisbane is very excited about the project due to simple mathematics," he said.

"The terminals will enhance the capability of the Port of Brisbane through its 'inland port' concept whereby Customs and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service can be located onsite.

"There are also advanced plans to build a full scale rail maintenance facility onsite as well.

"We are in discussions with Queensland Rail to move their entire maintenance facilities to our site."

Dornbusch said a subsidiary company of InterLinkSQ would be part of all aspects of the project.

"We own Intermodal Terminal Services who are the rail operators of the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia," he said.

"The company is essentially a rail maintenance and construction company.

"Given the size and scale of the project we are in a great position because all the work can be conducted in-house."

Dornbusch said rail infrastructure in the state needed improving, but that government support was getting better.

"Queensland is about 10 years behind other states, particularly Western Australia, in respect to rail infrastructure.

"However, that is all starting to change as rail in Queensland is starting to open up."

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New rail loops a win for road users

Farming lobby group AgForce said the construction of passing loops at Toowoomba range on the Queensland’s Darling Down will take more trucks off the Warrego Highway.

The Queensland Government said it will spend up to $50 million to build the loops, allowing an additional 20 trains paths per week which will enable farmers to get products off the road.

AgForce grains president Wayne Newton says road users will notice a difference when the loops are completed, ABC reported.

"The road is currently carrying a very big proportion of the grain that's exported from Brisbane port and that could go all back on to the rail network and reduce the volume of the heavy transport," he said.

"Those heavy combinations that we see running down to Brisbane."

Newton says it is a big win for grain producers.

"It's good to see the Government being prepared just to spend a little bit of money to get a lot more efficiency out of the system," he said.

"The scale of things – I mean $50 million for a few passing loops isn't a lot of money to spend compared to, for instance, the amount of money they're spending repairing the Warrego Highway at this time."

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New rail depot in Carrington gets the go ahead

Plans to build a 24-hour rail maintenance facility in Carrington have been approved by Newcastle City Council.

The council voted eight to three to approve the $4million development which includes extending a rail spur line and building three new workshops.

More than 80 conditions will be imposed on the project including restricting night operations to a single workshop and the construction of a 5.5metre acoustic wall along Elizabeth Street, Newcastle Herald reported.

A council meeting held last night showed concern around how the facility would affect locals.

Cr Michael Osborne said the council needed to support residents being exposed to industrial areas.

Osborne tried to limit the workshop’s operations to between 7am and 10pm on most days but was unsuccessful.

‘‘The residents that live across the road have a right to get a good night’s sleep … they have a right to enjoy their own home with a reasonable amenity,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘The fact that this is part of the port and part of the industrial area that we want to go ahead is beside the point.

 ‘‘We have to take account that people live across the road.’’

However, Cr David Compton said it was ‘‘vitally important that we support our industries and it’s vitally important that we support our communities that live in close proximity to them’’.

‘‘Given the applicant has made significant changes to attenuate the noise, I see there is no real reason we can reject this,’’ Compton said.

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Crane a massive lift for Freemantle Port

Crane ship Zhen Hua 21 sailed into Freemantle Harbour yesterday, delivering four enormous state-of the-art cranes.

Made in Shanghai, the cranes are used to load and unload containers.

The cranes travelled almost 9250km to their first stop in WA, slowing down to about three knots as storms lashed Perth last week, West Australian reported.

It is expected to take days to unload the 104m-tall crane, which is 34m wide and has an outreach of 50m.

Three of the cranes are also bound for Sydney and Melbourne.

The Fremantle crane, imported for use by Patrick, should be operational by the end of June.

A Patrick spokesman said it had taken 180 tonnes of sea fastenings to hold the cranes in place for their 21-day journey.

Formerly a bulk oil ship, the Zhen Hua 21 has delivered similar cranes all around the world and can carry 7000 tonnes of cargo.

Patrick terminals and logistics director Alistair Field said the new cranes would improve container handling at its ports around Australia.

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Bagtrans moves operations to new Eastern Creek depot

BagTrans has moved into a new purpose built warehouse facility in Sydney’s south-west, a move the company says will allow them to capitalise on operational synergies.

BagTrans decided to create the new depot around a year ago after analysing its current and future company and client needs.

Chief of the company, Habib Francis said the new depot was the result of careful planning and would allow the business to grow.

“Consolidating four sites into one operation took plenty of planning and forward thinking to take the future needs of our clients,” Francis said.

“We started looking about three years ago for the depot that offered us the right-sized warehouse with extra hardstand, but found this style of facility did not exist”.

Atlis constricted the 5,000 sqm cross-dock industrial facility, including 1ha hardstand area and 3,500 sqm all-weather awnings, as well as a fully automatic truck wash on approximately 2.7 ha of land.

The site is in close proximity to other purpose-built warehouses including Metcash, Linfox, Bantex Australia and Toll Logistics and within close proximity to the M4 and M7 Motorways.

Francis said Eastern Creek continued to be an attractive location for companies.

Top 5 amazing logistics photos

Most people take for granted that their houselights will switch on, their favourite milk will be at the supermarket and petrol will be at the bowser ready to go.

But, as you would know – everything we consume, build, and process is part of complex process of logistics and it can prove a huge task to get tools where they need to be.

Below are some of our favourite photos which show massive logistical undertakings at work.

The Blue Marlin, a heavy lift transport vessel, carrying a cargo of 18 riverboats and a few massive pontoons made in China.

Austral Asia Line transporting massive earth moving equipment

Modular equipment arriving on site for the QCLNG project on Curtis Island after a long sea voyage from Asia

72 massive filtration units from Melbourne to Wonthaggi

Rolling stock moved 200 miles across the UK for London’s Underground.

Toll Group to trial TZ’s Automated Delivery Asset Manager

 

Toll Group Ltd has entered into an agreement to trial TZ’s Automated Delivery Asset Manager (ADAM). The secure locker service is used for online retail parcel deliveries.

In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Toll Group said that it plans to trial the lockers as part of its specialised online B2C retail parcel delivery service, Toll Consumer Delivery.

"Based on the success of the trial, Toll Consumer Delivery will look to add the ADAM parcel locker service to its already extensive collection network, which includes the Nparcel newsagency parcel collection service," the group said.

Proactive Investors reports that Toll is hoping that ADAM will provide customers with more convenience and more accessible pick-up points; and that it will establish itself more strongly in the growing online logistics market.

Proactive says that Toll Group has also established a number of agreements that enable access for TZ Locker infrastructure around the country. Their aim is to establish a wide network of petrol stations and convenience stores as pick-up points.

For example, there is an agreement with AA Holdings Pty Limited, which owns and operates over 50 BP petrol stations in Victoria.

New figures show modest recovery in air cargo market

Continued weakness in the Eurozone has cast a shadow over the recovery in the global air cargo market, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Yesterday the IATA said global freight demand grew by 2 per cent year-on-year in February, a sign that the market was starting to strengthen.

 

“February’s air cargo performance has sustained the weak recovery that began in the fourth quarter of 2012,” it said.

 

“This is welcome news after two consecutive years of contraction. It is even better news that this growth is expected to pick up moderately as the year progresses.”

 

“But improvements cannot be taken for granted. Events in Cyprus have reminded us that the euro zone crisis is far from over.”

 

Seasonally adjusted figures showed cargo volumes were 2.5 per cent above a low point reached in October 2012, but comparisons with February 2012 show a 6.2 per cent decline.

 

The IATA said distortions had led to the lower comparison with last year's February data, but the figures masked what was actually a two per cent rise in air cargo rates.

 

“This is severely skewed as a result of two factors (1) February 2012 has an extra day owing to the Leap Year and (2) Chinese New Year (which is accompanied by many factory closings in Asia) occurred in January 2012 and in February 2013,” the IATA said.

Rescue helicopter for Gladstone

 

Four companies constructing LNG plants on Curtis Island in Gladstone have funded a rescue helicopter for the projects.

The chopper will be dedicated to respond to medical emergencies for workers on Curtis Island, as well as those working on mainland LNG construction sites.

Steve Nelson from Careflight says it will also be available for other emergency services across the region.

"We certainly do work in with the rescue service to supplement their service to the community, however, we do stress the fact that Careflight offering is principally funded and measured to support Curtis Island LNG developments," he said.

Rod Duke, LNG industry representative and vice president of Santos GLNG, said the service would ensure workers received the best care.

“This is about ensuring the safety of our workforce and giving them the peace of mind that a dedicated medical helicopter will be ready if needed.”

It is expected that close to 9000 people will be employed during the height of construction of the four LNG projects.

The helicopter service contract will run for five years.

 

 

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