Qube has announced that Patrick Terminals has extended its tenure at the Port of Melbourne to 2066 and will invest $15 million to develop a rail terminal at its adjoining logistics site at Coode Road.
Melissa Horne, Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight has announced a further $4 million boost in the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme, building on the $20 million investment already in place to get more freight onto rail and more trucks off local roads. Read more
The $125 million Port of Melbourne’s Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) is set to go ahead and take effect on June 1 this year.
Toll has reached an in-principle agreement with its employees at Webb Dock in Melbourne. This ends the industrial action that was impacting Tasmanian businesses that rely on Toll’s shipping service to get their products to market.
The Andrews Labor Government announced they’re investing in a new proposal to reduce truck congestion at the Port of Melbourne.
The votes are coming in, the judges are preparing to deliberate and it’s time to secure your tickets for the 2018 Mercury Awards.
Australian television presenter and actress Livinia Nixon will lead the proceedings, presiding over a night celebrating the very best people, companies, and initiatives Australia’s supply chain industry has to offer.
Theres still time left to submit your nominations – put forward the name of an exceptional individual, company or solution here until voting closes on 12 April.
The Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne, Sick Australia and SEW Eurodrive, will take place on Saturday, 12 May, at Peninsula, on Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands.
The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, the business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain, which takes place 10–12 May at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Head to the Mercury Awards website to purchase tickets for individuals and tables.
Shipping lines in Melbourne have begun demanding that importers return empty containers direct to stevedore terminals rather than empty container parks.
The additional costs associated with the return of empty containers direct to stevedore terminals are being scrutinised by container transport operators in Melbourne with a view implementing measures to recover these costs in the marketplace.
The policies of many major shipping lines dictating direct empty container de-hire to stevedore terminals in Australia rather than to designated empty container parks (ECP), and some stevedore empty container truck receival and processing practices, are causing these additional logistics costs.
Major foreign container shipping lines are now regularly dictating direct empty return to terminals across Australia include OOCL, ANL (CMA-CGM), Hamburg Süd and COSCO. The largest container Shipping Line serving Australia, Maersk Line, has also commenced its container terminal return policy.
Maersk has even had its traditional empty container park providers issue statements to transport operators that de-hire instructions will be “strictly enforced” and that trucks will be “rejected” if operators attempt to de-hire at alternative locations.
“These strict instructions remove operational flexibility in the landside logistics sector and trigger a range of additional operational costs. It’s yet another example of foreign-owned shipping lines improving their bottom line at the expense of the Australian container supply chain,” observed CTAA director Neil Chambers.
“In comparison with other Australian ports, in the Port of Melbourne some stevedore practices involved in receiving direct empty de-hires are not efficient from the point of view of the landside operators.”
In the Port of Melbourne, the additional costs are caused when there is:
- A lack of available container slots for the return of the empties to the designated stevedore terminal (day shift & night shift).
- The need to stage empty containers through transport yards due to the lack of available terminal slots, including the costs of additional container lifts and yard storage.
- Additional truck kilometres travelled.
- No ability to backload full import containers (i.e. not being able to achieve two-way truck running by returning empties in conjunction with import container pick-ups) due to the operational practices and vehicle booking system restrictions of the stevedore.
- Longer Truck Turnaround Times (TTT) at the stevedore terminal in comparison to ECP.
- No-show & wrong time zone penalties imposed by the stevedore on transport operators for empty returns when no such penalty regime applies at traditional ECP.
- Additional administration costs, including in some instances the costs of administering the production of a Pre-Receival Advice (PRA) message for container receipt into the terminal.
- The greater chance of container detention charges being levied by shipping lines for the late return of the empty containers due to the operational delays.
“Consequently, container transport operators in Melbourne can no longer commercially absorb the additional costs. CTAA strongly believes that there is a need for genuine cost recovery to ensure business viability through the adoption of a transparent “Direct De-hire to Terminal” surcharge levied on cargo interests (transport customers),” Mr Chambers said.
“We would stress that not all of these inefficiencies apply to all stevedore terminals in Melbourne, and we thank those terminals that do work closely with transport operators to ensure timely empty container de-hire slot availability, the ability to backload (i.e. take in empties when the truck is manifested to pick up import containers), and have acceptable truck turnaround times.”
Mr Chambers also noted: “CTAA Alliance companies have not identified the same level of inefficiencies in Port Botany or Brisbane.
“Transport operators need to ensure that the true additional costs of the direct wharf de-hire policies of the shipping lines, and the operational practices of their stevedore providers that can exacerbate the additional costs, are transparent to shippers (importers / freight forwarders).
“Ultimately, shippers will need to have commercial conversations with shipping lines and choose shipping line services that minimise these additional landside logistics costs.”
Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, is among a number of prominent individuals who will speak at the Australian Logistics Council’s (ALC) national freight and supply chain event, ALC Forum 2018.
Following the successful 2017 event, which was held in the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in 2018, the Forum returns to Sydney’s Royal Randwick, taking place 6-8 March.
Other speakers for ALC Forum 2018 include:
• Brendan Bourke, CEO, Port of Melbourne;
• Chris Bresnahan, Operations Director – E-commerce Delivery, Australia Post;
• Royce Christie, General Manager – Government Relations, Toll Group;
• Paul Graham, Supply Chain – Chief Supply Chain Officer, Woolworths Group;
• Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube Holdings;
• Anthony Jones, CEO, LINX Cargo Care Group;
• Sal Petroccitto, CEO, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator;
• Melinda Pavey, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight (New South Wales);
• Paul Retter, CEO and Commissioner, National Transport Commission; and,
• Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Transport (Western Australia).
The ALC said that ALC Forum 2018 will progress the issues put forward by ALC members in the final submission, focusing on the freight logistics industry’s priorities and expectations for the types of infrastructure investment and policy reform required to enhance national supply chain efficiency and safety.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has confirmed the Australian Government’s support of inaugural supply chain event, MEGATRANS2018.
In a letter confirming the Government’s support, Chester cited the event’s relevance for the national freight sector and supply chain.
“This inaugural conference will bring together participants from the logistics, materials handling and freight industries to consider key issues for the freight section,” said Chester.
“This conference complements the Government develop of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy for Australia’s future.
“The Government looks forward to working with the freight and supply chain industry to deliver future prosperity and competitiveness. This conference will be an important component toward shaping that outcome.”
The Australian Government joins the growing list of MEGATRANS0218 sponsors, which include the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne and Isuzu Trucks, to name a few.
Connecting the Australian and international supply chain, the three-day expo will bring together those who plan, implement and control the efficient and effective forward flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and point of consumption.
MEGATRANS2018 will take place over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s30,000 square metres of space, 10-12 May 2018.
A CPB/John Holland joint venture will commence construction on the West Gate Tunnel next month, now expected to cost $6.7 billion – about $1.2 billion above its original estimated cost, with the Victorian Government finalising contracts on the project this week.
The builders have begun moving into a construction compound in Footscray where they’ll begin work on the northern tunnel portal.
A statement from the state government said the six-lane tunnel will take thousands of trucks off residential streets in the inner west, slash congestion along the M1 corridor from Pakenham to Geelong and create thousands of Victorian jobs.
The final design approved for construction will cost $6.7 billion, which the Victorian Government said in the statement is due to tunnels now twice as long as the original business case to “improve traffic flow and protect homes, better city connections, additional noise walls, the creation of massive new open spaces and more cycling paths, and extending air quality monitoring for 10 years”.
Construction of the new road tunnel will be partly funded with a ten-year extension of the CityLink Concession deed.
According to the government, this partnership has been assessed as high value for taxpayers and for drivers, with tolls increasing at a lower rate than agreed by the previous Liberal government to fund the CityLink-Tulla Widening Project.
Legislation to operate the new road tunnel, and amendments to the CityLink concession deed, will be introduced into Parliament before the road is complete in 2022.
In addition to the business case released in 2015, the government this week released key documents, including a project summary, concession deed amendments, an exposure draft of the West Gate Tunnel Bill and the value for money assessment. The government will also shortly release the contracts between Transurban and the State.
The project is anticipated to be finished in 2022.