The Western Australian government has launched a $87.5 million Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network road upgrade program.
Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Board has made the decision to terminate Peter O’Sullivan’s tenure as CEO and will immediately start a merit-based search for GPC’s new leader.
In a statement regarding the CEO, the GPC revealed that Peter O’Sullivan was suspended on 13 December last year, on full pay, and has had no involvement with the day to day operations of the port since that time. The substantiated complaint related to Mr O’Sullivan’s role in a staff disciplinary matter.
Craig Walker continues to serve as the Acting Chief Executive Officer.
The GPC stated that as an active and significant contributor to the QLD and Gladstone community and economy, the focus of its employees remain on the running of a safe and busy port to ensure we deliver sustainable economic growth and social prosperity for our region.
DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand has announced that Craig Davison will be joining the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Craig joins DB Schenker from GlaxoSmithKleine (GSK), where he led the International Supply Chain. Prior to GSK, he held Managing Director in large organisations in the Media and Services industry.
Craig will join the DB Schenker APAC Steering Committee to help the region achieve its innovation, digitisation and development objectives.
Ports Australia has released its three priority policies, ahead of the 2019 federal election, that the organisation believes will save Australians money, increase our international competitiveness, strengthen the economy, create jobs in regional areas and help reduce congestion in our cities.
The policies also come with a warning of an impending maritime skills shortage.
According to Ports Australia, the three policies work together to promote a more efficient freight and supply chain through mode neutrality, smarter regulation and job creation.
“Ports are the starting and finishing points for exports and imports heading to and from Australian businesses and households.”
“With our growing population and even faster-growing freight task it is imperative that we start developing and implementing effective long-term plans for our freight network to support this country.
“We believe that an Australia with better-connected Ports that utilise the strength of each transport mode; the flexibility of trucking, connectivity of rail and capacity of shipping, can be a more internationally competitive country with a lower cost of living.
“Our policies also include a caution that poor national freight and infrastructure planning will have compounded negative results. Of concern is the dwindling pool of maritime skills in this country able to run the Ports, Australia’s trade and economic gateways,” Mike Gallacher, Chief Executive, Ports Australia said.
The three policies are:
1. Improving Lives Through Connected Ports
Currently 80 per cent of all freight trips to and from a port are conducted by truck adding to city congestion. By better connecting Ports with rail and road networks and planning approaches to allow for sensible development around Ports, governments can reduce overall congestion, pollution and maintenance costs while increasing road safety through efficient and strategic truck movements. Corridor protection and planning to link Ports with industrial zones and regions will also play a significant role in creating a liveable future for our cities.
2. Building Maritime Skills
Because Ports handle almost all our physical trade, Australia is particularly vulnerable to impacts created by a workforce lacking maritime skills. Ports require highly specialised people who have had decades of experience to fill crucial Ports roles; harbour masters, pilots, tugs masters, hydrographers and land side operators.
“Over 60% of skilled people in the sector are over 45 while the number aged under 30 is reducing. Ports around the country, particularly regional Ports, are struggling to recruit adequately skilled people for specific roles.”
“Government needs to find ways to increase opportunities for Australians to enter the maritime industry. Our Ports around the country already run cadetship, internship and graduate programs but more needs to be done given there is a shortfall in mariners not just in Australia but globally,” Mike said.
3. Using Australia’s Blue Highway
Australia’s freight task will double by 2030 after already increasing by 50 per cent over the past 20 years. Our current and planned infrastructure cannot handle the growth in freight movements. With over 80 per cent of our population living within 50 km of the coast Australians are connected by the Blue Highway, an underutilised transport mode.
“Unfortunately, only 15 per cent of our domestic freight task is moved by ship. We believe more non-time specific freight such as construction materials and fuel can be moved along our blue highway. This frees up space on our roads and rail while providing training opportunities for Australian mariners.”
“Ports are a part of Australia’s future success story and we look forward to working with the government on implementing policies to support Australians through their Ports.
“Freight cooperation and planning is also part of the story. We urge all political parties to reach a bi-partisan agreement on strategy and for the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy to be released within in the first 100 days of the incoming government,”Mike concluded.
DP World has announced that it has acquired an additional stake in DP World Australia from Gateway Infrastructure Investments and other financial investors. DP World Australia is now at an enterprise value of approximately A$ 1.4 billion.
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in 1Q2019.
Following the closure of the transaction, DP World Australia will become a consolidated entity within the DP World Group and is expected to be earnings neutral in the first full year of ownership.
Corsair Infrastructure Partners, the manager of the Gateway Fund, will continue to manage a significant investment in DP World Australia.
“We are pleased to announce this transaction that brings DP World Australia back into our consolidated portfolio, which presents a more optimal structure to drive this business forward, while continuing our relationship with CIP as a valued partner. We remain optimistic on the growth prospects in Australia and believe there is an exciting opportunity to enhance shareholder value by further developing the container terminals operations and expanding beyond the ports into logistics services,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World said.
DP World Australia is a container port operator that manages 4 terminals at each of Australia’s major ports (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle) with a capacity of approximately 4mn TEU’s.
NSW Ports is set to invest in ‘on-dock’ rail infrastructure capacity at each of the three container terminals at Port Botany, commencing in 2019.
Investment will be staged, with stevedores being required to invest in rail operating equipment to meet target terminal capacities.
“The growth of containers on rail is a key objective in NSW Ports’ Masterplan, to cater for the growing trade needs of NSW. This investment will build greater rail capability at the port, supporting the Government’s investment in completing the Port Botany rail duplication and ongoing investments in large scale intermodal rail logistics centres at Enfield and Moorebank,” Marika Calfas, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports said.
The investment will reduce the growth in truck movements around the port. When fully operational this investment will reduce truck kilometres travelled in Sydney by at least 10 million per year. This will save over 2 million litres of diesel per year which is the equivalent to a net reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 5,400 tonnes a year.
“Patrick currently handles a large volume of rail based containers and is focussed on growing and optimising our rail offering. NSW Ports’ investment in rail infrastructure will be accompanied by Patrick’s $70 million investment in operating equipment and systems to deliver 1 million TEU capacity. Our agreement with NSW Ports will significantly increase our terminal’s rail capacity and enhance productivity and efficiency in container movements at the port,” Michael Jovicic, Chief Executive Officer, Patrick said.
To fund the investment, NSW Ports will implement a modest increase of $3.08 per TEU in wharfage fees on full imports and exports from 1 July 2019. This has been spread over the long term to minimise the wharfage increase and will be removed once the cost of the investment has been recovered.
Work will begin next year and is planned for completion by 2023. Rail operations at Patrick are expected to continue during the construction period.
AWH Pty Ltd, the joint venture company owned by DP World Australia and Landmark, appointed Michael Jones as its new CEO on Wednesday, 19 April.
Warehousing and logistics company AWH is the largest export packer for wool and cotton in Australia and operates over 700,000 sqm of warehousing across 14 sites Australia-wide.
Jones brings extensive agribusiness, aviation and sport industry experience to his role at AWH, having led a number of organisations as CEO including ACT Brumbies Rugby Ltd, Rex Airlines Ltd, Sundown Pastoral Company Pty Ltd and Riverina Pastoral Company Ltd.
Brian Gillespie, Chairman, AWH Board said, “The AWH Board is delighted to have secured a new leader of the calibre of Michael and believe that his experience and ability is essential to drive the future development of AWH.
Ports Australia announced the appointment of the Hon. Michael Gallacher as the Chief Executive Officer of Ports Australia on 7 April.
This selection process was rigorous and drew applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds across the nation, Ports Australia said in a statement.
“Gallacher’s long standing interest and understanding of ports and shipping related issues, together with his widely acknowledged advocacy and policy development skills were instrumental in his successful application,” the statement continued.
“His relationship with our industry developed with his appointment as Shadow Minister for Ports following the 2003 NSW State election and from that time he has been the strongest advocate for the future growth and advancement of our industry.
“Through his career, Michael has progressed into other areas of political responsibility, such as Industrial Relations, Police and Emergency Services and yet he has always maintained an interest and a preparedness to understand the challenges and opportunities affecting ports across the nation.
Vincent Tremaine, Chairman, Ports Australia said “There is no doubt that Michael will build on the outstanding leadership and direction set by our former CEO, David Anderson, to drive the public profile of Ports Australia and to strongly advocate on the issues affecting the efficiency and development of our nation’s shipping gateways.
“Ports Australia would also like to sincerely thank David Anderson for remaining in his position in a part-time capacity during this transition period. We appreciate his ten years of exemplary service as Ports Australia’s CEO and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours”.
Gallacher will commence his role at Ports Australia on 18 April.
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has confirmed that the Victorian Shadow Minister for Women, Georgie Crozier, will deliver the keynote address at its Annual Women’s Lunch.
“We are really pleased that Georgie Crozier has accepted our invitation to address the Annual Women’s Lunch and I know attendees will benefit from hearing her personal story of achievement and success, together with reflections on her various shadow portfolio responsibilities,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson.
“Prior to her election to Parliament, Ms Crozier worked in public health as a qualified midwife and nurse, and later ran a successful human resources and business consultancy.
“She has certainly had a diverse and interesting career, and will no doubt deliver a fascinating and informative address.”
Crozier was elected to Parliament in 2010 as the Upper House member for Southern Metropolitan. She has a range of shadow portfolio responsibilities including Families and Children, and Prevention of Family Violence, and is also Shadow Cabinet Secretary.
She was Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the previous Coalition Government and was involved in a number of high-profile committees, including Chairing the Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Abuse.
Confirmed speakers for VTA’s Annual Women’s include Victorian Ports Corporation CEO, Rachel Johnson; Deakin University Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics Director, Dr Hermione Parsons; and Viva Energy Australia HR General Manager, Jodie Haydon.
New Victorian Ports Corporation CEO Rachel Johnson has been added to the speaker line-up for the Victorian Transport Association’s (VTA) Annual Women’s Lunch.
“I’m thrilled that Rachel has accepted our invitation to address this important annual event as she is one of the most prominent members of the Victorian, and national, freight and logistics industry and will no doubt have a very compelling story to share with our guests,” said Peter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“Rachel is tremendously well-respected in the transport and business world, and is a tremendous example for both women and men who aspire to successful careers in the industry.
“In an industry where participation rates among women are still too low, Rachel has defied convention by advancing through senior roles in the private and the public sector. We look forward to hearing her story at our Annual Women’s Lunch.”
Johnson was appointed as the inaugural CEO of Victoria Ports Corporation (Melbourne) in November 2016 shortly after the successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne’s commercial operations to a private sector operator.
She has significant and wide-ranging experience of Australian freight and logistics businesses and the development and operation of transport infrastructure in both the public and private sectors, having held senior positions in New South Wales government bodies and the private sector.
Johnson joins other confirmed speakers including Dr Hermione Parsons, Director, Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics, and Jodie Haydon, General Manager – Human Resources, Viva Energy Australia, with the VTA working to confirm an additional speaker shortly.