FTA, APSA looking into container storage fees

The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has reported that it continues to receive enquiries from its members about storage and ‘dehire’ (return) detention fees for import sea freight consignments targeted for Container Examination Facility (CEF) processing.
As a part of their joint submission to the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Freight & Supply Chain Priorities, the FTA and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) has recommended that CEF-targeted containers have storage arrangements prescribed in Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle ports, to meet the benchmark established in Sydney under the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS) Mandatory Standards. Specifically, PBLIS clause 17, which mandates that stevedores must provide free storage for the day the container is returned from the CEF, and the two following days.
While the Australian Border Forced and the PBLIS have introduced a level of relief against stevedores fees for CEF-targeted containers, the FTA noted, to date there are no similar arrangements in place with shipping lines. Whether or not reporting has been completed within prescribed timelines, shipping lines commonly charge a fee if containers are not dehired to an empty container park within agreed terms.
The FTA and the APSA have brought this matter to the attention of the Inquiry, seeking a fairer and more reasonable operational outcome allowing extended free container dehire periods.
A fact sheet has been prepared which outlines the current statutory and operational procedures for dealing with CEF targeted containers.

VIC start-up to launch crowdsourced delivery platform

Melbourne delivery tech start-up Passel will soon launch an innovative delivery platform in Australia that will offer same-day delivery for consumers, and will source delivery operators from an on-demand network of locals.
Once consumers have completed a purchase, they are guaranteed delivery within three hours. They way the platform intends to honour this is through a network of on-demand couriers – individuals working in and near to shopping centres.
The system will match those finishing work in and around shopping centres in the following period and heading in the same direction as the purchaser’s destination, essentially enabling people to help deliver items on their way home. In return for their efforts, the individuals will receive a $10 electronic gift card once receipt is confirmed.
Marshall Hughes, one of the co-founders behind the idea, spent two decades working in freight before conceiving the idea for the business due to a throwaway line: “One day, you’ll be shopping in the hardware store and your phone will ping with a message that Mrs Jones, who lives around the corner from you, has just bought a shovel online. If you deliver it on the way home, we’ll give you a $10 gift voucher.”
When no one else seemed to be delivering the model, Hughes decided to do it himself.
“The biggest change I have seen over the past 20 years has been the growth of B2C (business-to-consumer) delivery,” he told Logistics & Materials Handling. “It has grown really rapidly and, the thing is, it’s hard to do B2C well. Traditional freight structures are not suited to sporadic delivery.
“It is hard to predict when people will want things, and with freight you’re constantly trying to balance supply with demand, so you don’t have drivers sitting around doing nothing,” Hughes added.
The platform’s website notes, “Solutions such as drones and lockers only serve to push the problem further down the line, rather than trying to find a better way to get online orders into the hands of the customer.”
“Because of Passel’s opportunistic model, we’ll be able to deal well with spikes and troughs,” Hughes added. “For example, we’ll be able to find people to deliver for us the week before Christmas when it is impossible to get couriers, and the week after Christmas won’t be a problem for us as our couriers are on demand.”
Passel is due to begin operations in September 2017.

Port of Melbourne backs MEGATRANS2018

The Port of Melbourne, Australasia’s largest maritime hub for containerised, automotive and general cargo, has partnered with newly launched transport and logistics trade event, MEGATRANS2018, for its debut in 2018. Read more

PFD Food Services commissions new NSW facility

Australian food distributor PFD Food Services will soon add a new cold storage and food production facility to its portfolio in western Sydney.
Frasers Property Australia will construct the $70 million, 22,208m2 development on a 60,000m2 plot at its industrial site in Chullora, 15km west of the Sydney CBD.
It is expected to be completed in mid-2018.
PFD also recently commissioned Vaughan Constructions to build a $36 million, 25,500m2 facility on a 74,400m2 site in Knoxfield, 27km east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Render of the Knoxfield, VIC, construction, supplied by Vaughan Constructions.
Render of the Knoxfield, VIC, construction, supplied by Vaughan Constructions.

It will comprise 20,900m2 of refrigerated, ambient and seafood storage, along with 3,000m2 of office space.
Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the development recently hit the halfway mark, and Vaughan Constructions has shared a time-lapse video of the project’s progress.
“Construction of PFD Food Services’ new Knoxfield facility is progressing well,” Andrew Noble, Managing Director, Vaughan Constructions told Logistics & Materials Handling. “Vaughan Constructions is anticipating project completion at the end of September 2017.”
 

DP World Australia and Cosco Shipping announce new agreement

DP World Australia has signed an agreement with Cosco Shipping Lines to be stevedore of choice on all major services into Australia.
Chinese container liner company Cosco Shipping Lines has major services in Australia calling at DP World Australia terminals in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director, DP World Australia, said this contract will deliver the majority of containers through DP World Australia for an extended contract period, resulting in a stronger relationship between the companies.
Brian Gillespie, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World Australia, added that Cosco Shipping is successfully growing its global market share in a fiercely competitive global shipping market.
“We are incredibly pleased to be chosen as the stevedore and logistics partner of choice by Cosco Shipping Lines as they continue to successfully grow their volumes between Asia, Australia and the rest of the world,” said Gillespie.
Yong Pan, Managing Director, Cosco Shipping – Oceania, said that DP World Australia had demonstrated a level of service that set them apart in Australia.
“Last year, we selected DP World Australia as our major stevedore service for our Australian flagship A3 services,” said Pan. “This agreement confirms our selection of DP World Australia as our stevedoring and logistics partner in Australia.
“My congratulations to all at DP World Australia for their efforts and commitment to COSCO shipping.”

Entries open for 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is now accepting entries for the 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIAs).
“Now in their 28th year, the AFIAs have grown to become one of the most coveted accolades in the Australian freight industry, and are intended to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of participants in the transport sector,” said Peter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“Last year, judges assessed more than 40 entries across a range of categories, and we’re hopeful of receiving even more entries in 2017, showcasing the many great things transport industry participants have achieved.”
Six awards will be contested this year and organisations have been invited to nominate for one or more of the following categories:

  • Investment in People
  • Best Practice Safety
  • Application of Technology
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Personality of the Year

“Participating in the awards, through submitting one or more entries and attending the awards presentation with your staff, is a great way to support our industry and its people,” said Anderson.
The deadline for entries is Monday, 14 August. Criteria and entry forms are available by contacting the VTA on 03 9646 8590.
Award winners and finalists will be announced at the annual AFIA presentation celebration on Saturday, 2 September at the Palladium Ballroom at Crown, Melbourne.
 

Dexus acquires $50m Melbourne logistics facility

Dexus Property Group has acquired an industrial park in the western Melbourne suburb of Braeside for $50.6 million. The group expects to see a significant uplift on its investment, with this acquisition coming at the end of a $1.1 billion acquisition spree.
The Braeside facility is a 40,554sq m prime-grade logistics facility with a 12.3 year weighted average lease expiry. It showed a core market yield of 6.09 per cent.

Women In Industry 2017 award winners announced

Around 250 guests celebrated the achievements of the Women in Industry Award nominees, finalists and winners at a gala presentation dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, 22 June.
The fourth annual awards night, hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, recognised the achievements of women working within the logistics, commercial road transport, mining, engineering and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.
The winners in ten categories were decided by judges Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing; Noelene Watson, former Chair, Australian Trucking Association; Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine; Megan Edwards, Head of Membership Services, Austmine; and Irene Godeau, Director – Communications and Marketing, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
In the Rising Star of the Year category, sponsored by Atlas Copco, the judges awarded the honour to Michaela Craft, Region South Pacific – Energy Coordinator, BOC Limited.
Social Leader of the Year, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to Beverly Williams, Industry Pathways and Placement Coordinator – Automotive Centre of Excellence, Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Business Development Manager of the Year, sponsored by ABB, went to Shelley Hyslop, Major Account Manager, ATOM.
Safety Advocacy Award, sponsored by BOC Limited, was awarded to Catherine King, Country Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ABB Australia.
The Excellence in Manufacturing award, sponsored by Manark Printing, went to Lisa Lamb, Manufacturing Director – Products of National Significance, Seqirus.
In the Excellence in Mining category, sponsored by MMD, the award went to Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting.
Winner of the Excellence in Engineering category, sponsored by Cummins, was Philippa Craft, Product Manager – Bulk Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, BOC Limited.
Excellence in Road Transport, sponsored by NatRoad, went to Pam McMillan, Chair, Transport Women Australia.
Both the Industry Advocacy and the Mentor of the Year awards, sponsored by MEGATRANS2018 and CSR Lightweight Systems, respectively, went to Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland.
“We would like to congratulate all attendees and finalists for joining us at this year’s Women in Industry Awards,” said event organiser, Lauren Winterbottom. “It was amazing to celebrate and promote the achievements of so many women in industry, and we hope to see you all next year.”
The fourth edition of the awards was complemented by the inaugural Women In Industry Conference, which took place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier that day.
According to Bianca Dohnt, Editor, Trailer Magazine, who hosted the day’s proceedings, the conference was a tremendous success.
“We heard the fascinating stories, advice and statistics from an intriguing group of women across the road transport, mining, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage production and infrastructure industries,” she explained to guests at the Awards night.
“Though our sectors are all very different, we came together because we share a common interest in advocating for our industries, the opportunities they provide for ambitious women, and how those women can make the industries better in return.
“At the Conference today, we created some real action plans to encourage more women to pursue greater success, and spread the word of our industries’ potential to the countless women out there who may not know of the opportunities that are waiting for them.
“I am proud to be an ambassador for events like Women In Industry, and be a part of an alliance of women, and men, who appreciate and champion the talents that women can provide, and the difference we make in any chosen industry.”

Supply chain event to inform omni-channel strategies

In an increasingly connected and transparent world where global economic integration and disruptive technology places tremendous stress on supply chains, it is critical for ANZ organisations to develop a smarter and more agile supply chain strategy.
With supply chains constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing expectations of ever-more sophisticated and demanding customers omni-channel customers, it is challenging to balance efficiency, performance and cost while investing in the right technology and tools required to succeed.
The Supply Chain Planning & Innovation Summit 2017 will tackle these challenges by combining best practices, and thought leadership case studies with interactive discussions for problem solving, idea exchanges and debate on the hottest topics in end-to-end supply chain planning and technology innovation.
An exciting selection of over 30 speakers has been confirmed, sharing insight from companies such as Coca-Cola Amantil, GSK, Kimberley-Clark, the Australian Logistics Council, Clarins, kikki.k and Dulux Group.
Click here to download the full programme.
The three-day event will focus on developing transformational strategies to improve demand and forecasting accuracy, the impact of disruptions and avoiding costly mistakes, how to adopt a real-time collaborative approach with vendors, partners and customers, the use of demand-sensing tools to improve demand and forecasting accuracy and supply chain trends and how businesses can prepare for future innovation.
The event will take place 29–31 August 2017, at the Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park.
Logistics and Materials Handling readers can receive a 10 per cent discount off the current early bird rates by referencing VIP code EFXLM1.
Click here to register online.
For more information or to register on, contact Akolade on 02 9247 6000 / registration@akolade.com.au

VTA celebrates project progress and industry resilience

Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO Peter Anderson has highlighted the major productivity challenges facing Australian freight and logistics operator in opening remarks to the VTA’s annual State Conference at Lorne.
Anderson said in a big-picture sense, it is a challenging time for all freight operators.
“Freight movements are generally down thanks to a stagnant economy, and operator margins that are already stretched thin are being further squeezed by higher input and variable costs. We are also operating in an increasing regulatory environment and having to adapt our businesses to satisfy and comply with additional regulatory oversight.”
Anderson explained operators are also facing higher road and infrastructure user charges, which eat into profits and erode margins.
“These factors highlight the need for operators to extract greater productivity from their systems, their equipment, their people, their customers and their suppliers to remain viable and successful.”
Anderon noted that there are a lot of exciting things happening in the industry across technology and innovation, safety and training and human resources, and infrastructure.
“We now have a North East Link Authority established and are actively putting together the business case and corridor study for the connection, which will finally link the M80 to EastLink or the Eastern Freeway,” he said.
“This has long been the VTA’s priority road infrastructure project and we are playing an active role in the consultation and planning for the connection, which the current Victorian Government has committed to take to the next election.
Anderson also reflected on the considerable progress made on the West Gate Tunnel project. The Victorian Government last week released additional plans and environmental modelling for the project, which will provide better access to the Port of Melbourne for heavy vehicles.
“While we support the project, we are unimpressed with plans to permanently curfew trucks from existing roads and force them to use a toll road. We’re working closely with the treasurer and the roads minister on incentives for trucks to use the new freeway, such as toll rebates and reduced tolls at nights, as well as exempting modern and efficient vehicles from the proposed curfews.”
Anderson explained that the Association is encouraging infrastructure planning and investments in the Port of Melbourne to ensure it remains Australia’s biggest.
“There are many issues working against freight volumes increasing within the Port of Melbourne, so it’s important we plan now for short- and long-term infrastructure needs at the Port to keep it competitive,” he said.
“This includes improving rail access via Port Rail Shuttles, proper road and rail infrastructure planning for freight movements in and out of the new Webb Dock Terminal, and upgrading infrastructure to accommodate high productivity freight vehicles.”

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