Major new logistics hub launched in Perth

A consortium of property developers and investors has launched a major new industrial estate in Perth, the Roe Highway Logistics Park (RHLP).

Located on the corner of Roe Highway and Welshpool Road East, adjacent to the established industrial suburbs of Kewdale and Welshpool, the new logistics park is within 13 kilometres of the Perth CBD and five kilometres of Perth Airport.

Opened by West Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, RHLP is the largest, best connected, premium industrial estate to be established in Perth in more than a decade.

The logistics park is at the centre of the Perth arterial road network, offers RAV7 truck accessibility from two major highways and benefits from freight rail access via the Kenwick Freight Rail Facility, which is due for completion in 2020.

RHLP is being developed by a consortium which includes:

  • Linc Property, Western Australia’s largest private developer of industrial land who have driven the acquisition, rezoning and development of the estate;
  • Gibb Group, a specialist in the development and leasing of high-quality warehouses for national tenants;
  • Fini Group, the Perth based private investment company of Adrian Fini who has been involved in the Western Australian property industry for over 30 years delivering some of the State’s most iconic projects across a range of commercial, residential, office and industrial sectors; and
  • Minderoo Group, one of Australia’s largest private investment groups.

The ability to access container freight via rail has already led to leading logistics players choosing to locate at RHLP.

This, coupled with the State Government’s recent increase in the rail freight subsidy from $30 to $50 per twentyfoot equivalent (TEU) which came into effect on 1 January 2019, strengthens the competitive nature of those businesses choosing to locate at RHLP and provides the opportunity for unique operational and supply chain efficiencies to be realised.

Minister Saffioti’s attendance at the opening of the Park as Transport Minister further emphasises the strategic importance of this rail facility, as well as the State Government’s objective to increase rail freight volumes and the efficiency of Perth’s rail freight network.

New Westport project director to navigate Perth Outer Harbour plan

Planning for the Outer Harbour freight vision has entered a new phase, with the appointment of Tim Collins as Project Director for the Westport Office.
Collins has more than 20 years’ experience in port-related strategic planning, commercial management and logistics.
He will be responsible for overseeing the development of the long-term strategic plans for the Port of Fremantle’s Outer Harbour and future Inner Harbour, ensuring that the community and stakeholders are engaged and consulted at every stage.
Collins’ background includes leading major state supply-chain operations as Business Development Principal for Arc Infrastructure and as Executive Manager Logistics for the CBH Group.
He will assume the role on 30 January.
“Mr Collins’ wealth of knowledge and experience in port operations will be highly valuable to the Westport Taskforce’s investigations that will guide the state government’s planning and development of the Outer Harbour port facilities,” said Rita Saffioti, Transport Minister, Western Australian Government.
“I am confident he will provide strong leadership in developing Westport’s strategic plans for the necessary infrastructure and road and rail links that will maximise long-term economic benefits and future job opportunities.”

New sorting systems installed for AusPost

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has installed six sorting machines at four mail sorting centres for Australia Post.
The Open Mail Handling Systems (OMSs) were installed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, where they will be used to sort flats, plastic-wrapped magazines and small packages.
They assume the tasks performed for years by sorting machines previously supplied by Siemens.
“We needed to update our existing equipment to handle the large variety of mail coming through our sorting centres, so we selected Siemens’ OMS technology to maximise the volume of product that could be processed through automation,” said Jadd Brammall, Head of Processing, Australia Post.
“The equipment was delivered on time against a very aggressive schedule and our new OMSs have enabled us to significantly improve our efficiency and provide the best platform for meeting the future needs of the business.”
Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics, added: “The OMS is our answer to the demanding requirements our customers have to meet, as it’s capable of processing a broader range of mail types and formats than other sorting systems on the market.”
Five of the delivered OMSs are equipped with four input lines and 284 outlets for mail trays and can each sort up to 50,000 items per hour. The sixth OMS is fitted with two input lines and 148 outlets and can sort up to 25,000 items per hour. Barcode readers and printers are used in all six systems.

Discussion paper released for Perth Outer Harbour strategy

The Westport Taskforce today released Westport: Preparing for the Strategy – the Western Australian Government’s first discussion paper towards delivering its Outer Harbour vision.
In releasing its first discussion paper, the taskforce is inviting stakeholders to join the conversation on key factors that need to be investigated in the development of the Westport Strategy.
Feedback on the discussion paper will be accepted until 5.00pm on 31 January, 2018 and can be submitted online.
A consultation summary will be made available at the end of February 2018. It will summarise the comments received and outline the updated Westport methodology.
“We are making sure we have the right people and structures in place to deliver a real and committed plan to help secure the freight future of this,” said Rita Saffioti, Transport Minister.
“Many people are interested in the planning and development of the new port, and we are interested in hearing their views.
“The Westport Taskforce will consider a range of aspects in preparing its strategy, including the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a new port.

Rio Tinto completes Australia's first fully autonomous rail journey

Mining group Rio Tinto is a step closer to its goal of having a network of driverless trains in the Pilbara after undertaking the first fully autonomous rail journey at its Western Australian iron ore operations.
The nearly 100km pilot run was completed without a driver on board, according to Rio, making it the first fully autonomous heavy-haul train journey ever completed in Australia.
The company is aiming to fully commission the AutoHaul driverless train project by late next year.
Rio Tinto, with representatives from the National Rail Safety Regulator, monitored the journey in real time from the company’s operations centre in Perth.
The company said that it regards the pilot run from Wombat Junction to Paraburdoo as a significant step forward toward full commissioning of AutoHaul, which will depend on it meeting safety and acceptance criteria and obtaining regulatory approvals.
Chris Salisbury, CEO – Iron Ore, Rio Tinto, said the pilot run put the company firmly on track to meet its goal of operating the world’s first fully autonomous heavy-haul, long-distance rail network.
“Gains from AutoHaul are already being realised, including reduced variability and increased speed across the network, helping to reduce average cycle times,” he said.
“Rio Tinto is proud to be a leader in innovation and autonomous technology in the global mining industry, which is delivering long-term competitive advantages as we build the mines of the future. New roles are being created to manage our future operations and we are preparing our current workforce for new ways of working to ensure they remain part of our industry.”
Rio Tinto originally launched the driverless trains project in 2012, and had plans to have the program fully installed by 2015.

Boost for Adelaide–Melbourne rail freight productivity

Longer freight trains will soon be able to run between Adelaide and Melbourne thanks to a multimillion-dollar Australian Government rail network upgrade set to increase capacity by up to 20 per cent.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Melbourne–Adelaide Loops project would allow the accommodation of 1,800-metre trains, improving productivity on the busy line and supporting associated jobs.
“The upgrade will create a 20 per cent increase in productivity for rail operators and remove the need to send additional train services back to Melbourne with empty wagons,” Chester said.
“By investing $15 million in the project, we have created a situation where the maximum length of trains operating from Adelaide to Melbourne can be increased by up to 300 metres The longer, more efficient trains means less congestion for motorists and improved road safety, as well as cutting transport costs.
Chester said Victorian crossing loops at Pyrenees, Murtoa, Pimpinio, Diapur and Dimboola, and South Australia’s Mile End loop, had all been extended to 1,800 metres.
“A 1,800-metre train carries the equivalent of more than 85 B-doubles’ worth of freight that would typically travel by road through South Australia,” he said.
“Moving more freight by rail is crucial to meet the expected doubling of freight demand over the 20 years to 2030 while reducing urban congestion.”
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) delivered the Melbourne–Adelaide Loops project.
Additional track upgrades currently underway in Adelaide as part of the Torrens Junction Rail Project will provide a clear path for 1,800-metre trains all the way from Perth to Melbourne by late 2017.

GAC Australia launches logistics service, opens Perth warehouse

GAC Australia has opened a new consolidation warehouse in Perth, marking its first foray into the logistics business, in parallel to its shipping services available at all Australian ports since 2007.
The opening of the new warehouse comes in response to growing demand for storage space and distribution services from a major client with operations in Western Australia. The facility is located in the new Swan Brewery Estate at Canning Vale, about 20km away from Perth International Airport and Fremantle Port, with easy access to transportation links through the major road network.
The 800m² facility features a 5m x 5m warehouse door and an 8.5m truss height, allowing trailing equipment to reverse into the facility for loading and unloading. Arriving goods are consolidated and packed into pallets before being distributed to domestic and international locations.
“Australia has significant quantities of discovered gas resources,” said Scott Henderson, GAC Australia’s Managing Director. “In Western Australia alone, resource projects and infrastructure in the pipeline amount to billions of dollars. It is home to many local and international companies servicing the oil and gas, as well as mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors, presenting plenty of opportunities for project logistics and warehousing services providers.
“Having established a strong foothold in the country’s shipping sector, we are now ready to expand our portfolio to provide logistics services, and Western Australia is an ideal launch pad for our logistics operations. The ability to provide integrated shipping and logistics services will allow us to serve our customers better.”

CouriersPlease opens two new depots

Parcel delivery service CouriersPlease has opened two new relocated logistics facilities in major Australian cities, investment in its infrastructure ahead of a forecast growth in parcel deliveries in tandem with the growth in e-commerce.
The two new Perth and Melbourne locations will be key logistics facilities as the company expands its reach in Australia and overseas, as CouriersPlease explained in a media statement.
Located in the new $440 million logistics hub Drystone Industrial Estate, CouriersPlease’s relocated state-of-the-art logistics facility in Truganina, Victoria, replaces the company’s Port Melbourne, Victoria, depot. Along with CouriersPlease’s existing Mulgrave facility, it will provide the business with east-to-west coverage of Melbourne. The site is 29,000m2 in total, with 12,500m2 under the roof, and will accommodate over 160 courier vehicles. Additional bay spaces have also been allocated to accommodate future growth.
Drystone Industrial Estate is home to other distribution centres for major Australian companies, including Kmart, The Reject Shop and Rand.
The second recently opened logistics facility is located in Welshpool, an inner south-eastern suburb of Perth. The new 4,043m2 site will be the delivery hub for Perth and Western Australia. It comprises a 3,443m2 warehouse, with a 600m2 office space, and room to expand a further 2,000m2 in the future.
The logistics facility will provide improves access to the CBD and the north and south of the city and is close to main arterial routes such as Orrong Road, Welshpool Road, Leach Highway and Tonkin Highway.
In September last year, CouriersPlease opened a relocated Brisbane depot in Salisbury, and a new Adelaide depot is set to open in Marleston later this year.
“CouriersPlease has relocated our logistics facilities in major capital cities in order to accommodate the significant growth in the volume of parcels moving throughout our network,” Mark McGinley, CEO, CouriersPlease. “Our commitment in moving to the west of Melbourne has stemmed from it being a massive growth corridor with some of the highest rates of online shopping in the country. Our new Welshpool depot gives us greater coverage of the city and a larger warehouse space for logistics operations, allowing us to bring a better service to our customers. With room for future expansion, we hope to bring more jobs and opportunities to the local community.”

UC Logistics launches compliance app for freight operators

Perth-based UC Logistics has launched a new transport platform to enable heavy-haulage providers to meet Australia’s strict compliance standards.
The online business-to-business platform, iFR8, allows clients to receive and compare quotes and book freight movements with ‘premium’ Australian transport providers, and gives drivers constant reminders of their Chain of Responsibility obligations.
Urszula Kelly, Founder and Managing Director, UC Logistics, said the company launched the transport platform after hearing concerns that those already in the marketplace had been launched by companies taking no responsibility for ensuring their service providers, putting their goods at risk of loss, damage or delay by operators unaware of their legal obligations when receiving and transporting goods.
Kelly said several companies contacted UC Logistics Australia about their worries, asking them to come on board with their apps.
“When we asked how they ensure their providers comply with the law, they didn’t have an answer,” she said. “This prompted us to develop our own platform – iFR8, which is distinctly different from the others.
“We engage only premium quality heavy haulage providers who are accredited, adequately insured, qualified and extensively experienced in their field.
“We take safety and compliance very seriously and spend a significant amount of time on screening operators that want to work with us.”
The platform offers one contact point for all logistics requirements, regardless of whether the job takes one provider or many, so clients no longer need to speak to numerous suppliers to manage multiple quotes and jobs.
In addition, it provides a digital paper trail of all freight movements through a web portal and mobile app.
Kelly noted that some of the smallest companies provide the best service at the best rates, adding that iFR8 allows them to compete on a level playing field.
“iFR8 offers equal opportunity for all providers – regardless of how small their fleet,” she said.
“We welcome collaborations with suppliers of the highest quality, who meet our strict prequalification requirements and who have a proven record of providing ‘beyond expectations’ customer service.
“There are many ‘wannabe’ transport businesses out there at the minute, this is why it makes perfect sense to promote suppliers that are passionate about the safety and passionate about the transport industry in general – we are excited about collaborating with them.”

Logwin Australia opens new logistics facility in Perth

Logistics services provider Logwin Air & Ocean Australia has moved to a new logistics facility in Kewdale, Perth.
The 1,200sqm facility is fully bonded and provides storage for pallets in high-bay racking and bulk goods areas. Like other Logwin warehouses, the facility is controlled by the company’s own warehouse management system (WMS). The operation is fully paperless by deploying handheld devices exchanging data with the WMS in real time.
“The opening of the Perth distribution centre provides a milestone in enhancing the national network of strategically located logistics facilities,” the company said in a statement.
“It will allow Logwin to provide supply-chain solutions to the Australian and global customer base fully within the companies own network of office and warehouse facilities, thereby improving speed and accuracy of the company’s service delivery.”
The location for the facility was chosen due to its proximity to Perth Airport and Perth CBD as well as the fast access it provides to Western Australia’s regional and far northern hubs.

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