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Appointment of Stephen Cleary as CEO of NSW Ports
HE Australian Logistics Council (ALC), the peak national body for the freight logistics industry, congratulated ALC board member Stephen Cleary on his appointment to the role of Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, an ALC member.
“Stephen has had a long and successful career in the freight logistics industry across all elements of the supply chain and I warmly welcome his appointment to the position of NSW Ports CEO,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “Stephen’s previous experience with StarTrack Express and Qantas Freight, coupled with his commercial roles at Elders and Shell, means he brings to the position an in-depth understanding of the supply chain challenges and opportunities confronting these two major ports. “Port Botany is Australia’s second largest container port, handling about one-third of all containerised cargo shipped into and out of Australia, and so its importance to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing is significant. “There are a number of major freight initiatives in the planning phases in Sydney at the moment to improve supply chain efficiency, most notably the development of West Connex and the Moorebank Intermodal precinct. “NSW Ports is a key stakeholder in these projects, and there is no doubt Stephen will bring to the table a strong voice to ensure appropriate linkages exist with Port Botany to maximise the assets’ potential as well as the economic benefits for NSW residents. “As ALC said in its submission on the draft NSW Freight and Port Strategy, the keys to maximising productivity at Port Botany will be achieved through investing in port
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TIER1 puts the rapid in Oil Spill First Response As we all know, when an oil spill occurs there is usually no warning and it can occur anywhere. Not just out on the open sea but in harbours, rivers or in any waterway. Being prepared for such an event is obviously the best defence and when the emergency occurs TIER1 believes it has the perfect solution.
IER1 IS A PARTNERSHIP of likeminded Australian companies including Perth Petroleum Services in the west and Global Spill Control on the east coast. Both companies are extremely proactive and dedicated to this environmentally sensitive task. Together they have a wealth of practical, hands-on experience spanning over 20 years in spill containment and recovery, as well as in training and the manufacture of related emergency spill containment equipment. Although it’s only part of the Tier1 story, one of its smartest containment weapons for use in almost any spill emergency is the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom. Manufactured by Norway’s leading oil spill equipment designer Expandi Systems, the Self- Inﬂatable Oil Boom is ideal in an emergency and particularly when every second counts. In late November 2013, Tier1 held a demonstration event in Perth, Western Australia at Fremantle Harbour. The event was designed to showcase the Expandi SelfInﬂatable Oil Boom. Tier1 considers this particular boom to be the best ﬁrst response oil containment boom available and knew that the best way to prove its capabilities was to test it in real time and in front of the very people who have to deal with containment incidents. Perth Petroleum Services and Tier1invited over 60 guests to the demonstration event, which included senior managers and executives from WA’s Oil & Gas sector, mine site operators, maritime operators, industry and government regulators, environmental experts and harbour and port operators. Held in the heart of Fremantle Harbour, outside the majestic Fremantle Maritime Museum, Tier1 guests saw two separate deployment exercises to highlight the frontline beneﬁts of the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom. In the ﬁrst exercise to simulate helicopter deployment, which is a feature unique to Expandi, the boom was dropped from the Harbour’s response vessel.
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The second demonstration revealed the speed of deployment from the wharf. Here the boom was deployed and fully inﬂated in less than 3 minutes. Following the deployment, guests were extremely impressed when the boom was reclaimed in less than 10 minutes. Those who witnessed the demonstration considered that the boom’s performance under real life-like conditions was second to none. So much so, that Tier1 is now promoting the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Boom in Australia and has invested in enough stock to supply this highly efﬁcient containment device anywhere in the country. Further demonstrations are also planned in other locations in Australia and Tier1 can be contacted if your organisation is Above: The fully reclaimed Expandi Boom – packed and ready to go. Left: The Expandi Self-Inflatable Boom is capable of helicopter deployment for fast response. Below left: About to deploy the Expandi Self-Inflating Boom. Below right: Fully reclaiming the Expandi Self-Inflatable Boom tool in less than 10 minutes. Opposite page: Expandi Self-Inflatable Boom in action in Europe.
interested in seeing this remarkable boom at work. Traditional oil containment booms are generally time consuming to deploy, due to their size and the sheer logistics of transporting them to the incident site. Once on site, they usually have to be inﬂated which requires the transportation of extra ancillary equipment such as air hoses, compressors and power packs. Inﬂation itself can be difﬁcult in rough sea/weather conditions and once inﬂated these booms can puncture making them ineffective so containment of the spill is no longer possible.
However, the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom shares none of those characteristics and it doesn’t require the transportation of a heavy and cumbersome reel. It can be deployed from the dockside or the shore, delivered if necessary on the back of a truck. It can be transported to the oil spill site by a small motorised vessel or simply dropped by helicopter in close proximity to the spill to be deployed by personnel on any small or large vessel in the vicinity. Of course the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom doesn’t need to be inﬂated by an external ‘air’ source, it automatically inﬂates in seconds as it is unrolled. Due to the fact that it is ‘inﬂated’ at atmospheric pressure, even if it is punctured or ripped it will not sink. Importantly, an oil spill can disperse rapidly to inﬁltrate a greater area depending on weather conditions so a rapid response is critical. For port authorities, state and local governments, oil and gas offshore rig managers, there is often extra pressure exerted by inﬂuences beyond the spill they are trying to contain. When there is an oil spill in a harbour or close to shore and the media is alerted, usually the public then understandably,
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expect an appropriate and efﬁcient response. So the oil spill can often become not just an environmental problem but a political one as well. One of the best ‘silent’ features of the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom is that it’s always ready for use and is ideal when speed of deployment is of the essence. It satisﬁes both the environmental containment of the spill itself and the possible collateral damage that resulting publicity can inﬂict on those managing the clean-up task. Brad Lowson, Partner/Director of Perth Petroleum Services explained how the company had conducted extensive research over an 18 month period to determine the most ideal near shore or inner/outer harbour containment boom. “As a result of this research we now recommend the Expandi Self inﬂating boom for this application. “One of the main reasons why demand is increasing for the Expandi Self-Inﬂating Boom is because it’s the only system that meets all the required objectives of First Response, Rapid Response and Rapid Deployment.” Tier1’s main focus is on shoreline, near shore and inner harbour oil spill incidents and is actually re-introducing the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom because of its proven beneﬁts on the world stage. It was initially available in Australia about ten years ago but failed to make an impression. Since then the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom has established itself as the premier First Response boom throughout Europe and in other countries including, USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Dubai, Korea, Spain, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The boom has outsold any other single oil boom type, with more than 800 kilometres currently in service around the world. Apart from supply and sale of the Expandi Self-Inﬂating Boom and other containment aids, which includes response kits to assist in the deployment of rapid response teams, the range of services that Tier1 provides are extensive. Its comprehensive stockpile can be accessed from 8 strategic locations in Australia and includes containment booms, absorbent booms, oil recovery skimmers and pumps, absorbents, clean-up tools, oil spill speciﬁc PPE, spill response trailers, oil storage tanks, boom deployment equipment and temporary bunding. The company is also assisting offshore, oil and gas interests in WA, Victoria and Qld to be oil spill ready. This service goes way beyond simply the supply of clean-up equipment and training. The Tier1 team provide observation and participation in spill exercises, a scheduled equipment maintenance programme as well as auditing and recommendations for appropriate equipment. In an Australian ﬁrst, Tier1 is currently working with Future Ocean and Pendoley Environmental on the development of acoustic wildlife deterrents. The group’s initial focus is the development of acoustic deterrents for whales and dolphins. This is a superb initiative as the intention is to incorporate the resulting technology into spill containment booms to passively discourage whales and dolphins from approaching the spill area. Tier1 believes that it should be part of the ﬁrst response process. The technology has huge environmental beneﬁts in the protection of wildlife and has the potential to be used in a variety of situations.
Tier1 incorporates a highly professional team which is proactive in ensuring that those who manage our harbours and near shore waters are fully prepared to react with precision whenever a spill event occurs. The Expandi Self-Inﬂating Boom is certainly the ideal piece of containment equipment to headline that process. FOOTNOTE: To see the Expandi Self-Inﬂatable Oil Boom in action check out this video at: https://vimeo.com/81245217 and to ﬁnd out more about the Tier1 range of services and containment products visit: www.perthpetroleum.com.au
Shoreline Response and Clean up Equipment Do you have the equipment to respond to a shoreline that has been impacted by an oil spill? Do you need access to specialised oil spill clean-up tools, PPE, storage equipment, recovery equipment, absorbents and workers welfare equipment? Tier 1 Spill Equipment and Training’s primary focus is the provision of specialised oil spill response equipment and training for near shore and shoreline oil spill response.
The Tier One consortium can provide you with: Equipment for the tasks usually required during a shoreline oil spill response incident Pre designed equipment and response kits to assist in the deployment of rapid response teams Access to Australia’s largest inventory stockpile of more than $3m, located across 9 strategic locations across Australia and New Zealand Preferential access to large Australian manufacturing facilities to replenish consumed stock Level 1 Oil Spill Response training to develop skills in the appropriate response for land and water based oil spills and an introduction to shoreline oil spill response. The Tier 1 Spill Equipment and Training consortium builds on 20+ years of practical experience in oil spill response in Australia and New Zealand by some of Australia’s leading manufacturers, equipment suppliers and oil spill training organisations.
This comprehensive stockpile of containment booms, absorbent booms, oil recovery skimmers and pumps (new and rental), absorbents, cleanup tools, oil spill speciﬁc PPE, spill trailers, oil storage tanks, boom deployment equipment and temporary bunding is readily accessible and able to be replenished quickly from all of our locations across Australia. For further information on the tasks and equipment lists needed for a shoreline cleanup, please request our 16 page booklet “Shoreline Cleanup Guide”.
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Port Botany’s newest stevedore operations continues to develop S
YDNEY International Container Terminals’ operations in Port Botany continue to develop.
Initial operations began in November, this month the new terminal handled its first 3,500TEU vessel and an exchange of 1400 containers. Sydney International Container Terminals (SICTL) is Hutchison Port Holdings’ second international container terminal to begin operations in Australia. The first, Brisbane Container Terminals, began operations earlier this year. It was the first terminal in Australia to introduce Automated Stacking Crane operations. Initial ASC operations are expected to commence at SICTL this month. Port Botany is now one of only two container ports in Australia that has three container stevedores competing for business. The Port of Melbourne Corporation expects to announce early next year who will be its third operator. In the ACCC’s 2013 Stevedore report released recently, the ACCC endorsed the role of a third operator to stimulate competition and industry reform. SICTL Chief Executive, Dr Steve Gumley, says the development of the terminal has benefited greatly from the development of its sister terminal in Brisbane. “The Hutchison Ports team has built up considerable expertise in developing new container terminals from the ground up,” Dr Gumley said. “While each terminal has its own requirements, both BCT and SICTL have been developed on reclaimed land, both required significant investment in design, construction, plant, equipment and systems and bringing together a new labour force. “We have been backed by the considerable resources of Hutchison Port Holdings in introducing the latest technologies and thinking. We have the good will of our employees who are
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Above: Since starting up last month, Sydney International Container Terminals’ operations at Port Botany continue to expand keen to establish a successful new stevedoring operation in Australia. “Although starting initial operations at SICTL only a few weeks ago with the arrival of
The Forum Fiji operated by the Pacific Forum Line, we are quickly building up operational capability, demonstrated by the recent 1400 exchange.
“We will continue to develop our operational capability and the site,” Dr Gumley said. Work has already started on SICTL’s new rail facility at the terminal. It is due to be operational in the first half of next year.
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Construction milestone for Port of Melbourne expansion project T
HE appointment of a roads and services contractor signifies another major milestone for the port expansion project at the Port of Melbourne and heralds a commitment to advancing and maintaining a positive competitive future for ports users, shipping lines and business.
The $1.6 billion Port Capacity Project being managed by the Port of Melbourne Corporation is the largest development seen at the Port in almost 50 years. It will deliver additional Port capacity critical to maintaining Victoria’s competitive advantage, providing for the construction of Melbourne’s third international container terminal and the creation of an expanded automotive hub at Webb Dock. The appointment of BMD Constructions as the civil works contractor was announced by the Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine and the Minister for Ports Mr David Hodgett. The contract will deliver important ‘backbone’ infrastructure that will enable the fast tracking of additional container and automotive capacity in Victoria. Delivered under a ‘value managed’ design and construct contract, the works will include the building of new road connections from Webb Dock to Melbourne’s freeway network. Key works will see the existing Webb Dock entrance relocated and the construction of a new internal road on port land which will join with two traffic light-controlled intersections linking directly to Melbourne’s M1 corridor, replacing existing roundabouts. These safer and more efficient connections will assist in reducing the number of heavy vehicles and trucks using residential streets, and are a critical part of creating efficient freight connections that are vital for local industry and Victoria’s exports. The awarding of the roads and services contract is the latest in a number of milestones to be achieved by the Project since it was announced by the Victorian Government in April 2012. Site preparation and earthworks are in the final stages and short-listed bidders have been announced for the container port and automotive offerings, with contracts expected to be awarded in early 2014. Maritime works, incorporating dock deepening, wharf construction and bank protection works, are scheduled to start thereafter. Delivering additional port capacity is vital to maintaining Victoria’s economic advantage
Above: The Victorian Premier Denis Napthine (centre) and the Minister for Ports David Hodgett (right) look over the road construction plans with Port of Melbourne Corporation CEO Stephen Bradford at the announcement of the roads and services contract at Webb Dock and the Port of Melbourne Corporation is totally committed to ensuring a positive, competitive future for port users, shipping lines and businesses. The Project has put in place a competitive bidding process to promote competition and deliver a range of benefits including efficiency and productivity gains alongside the inclusion of technology and innovation. The emphasis is on ensuring port operators are equipped to meet Victoria’s growing import and export trade demands, and importantly the civil works package will provide for utility access across Webb Dock’s 175 hectare landside area. In addition, the works will enable services such as power, CCTV, sewer and water and include the construction of high quality buffers around Webb Dock to protect residential areas from noise and enhance visual amenity. The design of the buffers which includes landscaping and bike and pedestrian paths has been at the forefront of a community and stakeholder consultation program established
when the Project started. It is anticipated that civil works incorporating the new road connections will start in early 2014 and be completed by mid-2015. While the Port Capacity Project is large in scale and has multiple interfaces, Port of Melbourne Corporation says trade and shipping movements will be given the highest priority during the construction period. Temporary berthing arrangements for example are expected with the planned closure of berths 4 & 5 at Webb Dock East from mid2014, and the Corporation says berth capacities at other locations within the Port including Webb Dock West, Appleton Dock, Victoria Dock and South Wharf have propensity to accommodate the existing and forecast automotive and breakbulk trade. The emphasis will be on working ‘predictively’ to assign berths relative to the cargo type and destination including assigning a high priority to exports, particularly motor vehicles. The temporary berthing arrangements will
be in place for about 18 months, however trade will be progressively phased back as quickly as possible as each stage of works is completed. The expansion of port capacity will enhance the Port of Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s largest container and automotive port. In the 2012-13 financial year, the Port handled over 2.5 million containers (around 37% of the nation’s container trade) and more than 370,000 new motor vehicles - more than any other port in Australia. The Port delivers enormous economic benefits to Victoria through the handling of about $84 billion in imports and exports per annum and indirectly supports more than 15,000 jobs. The awarding of the roads and services contract will create 120 new construction jobs on the ground at Webb Dock.
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Project snapshot • International container terminal to handle at least one million containers per year at Webb Dock • New 920 metre automotive wharf to consolidate Victoria’s auto trade at Webb Dock • Creation of pre-delivery inspection hub for on-port processing of cars and other vehicles • Dredging within Webb Dock to accommodate modern vessels fleets • New road connections to Melbourne’s freeway network
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• Extensive landscaped buffering, noise walls and open space development
Rail infrastructure expansion at Fremantle F REMANTLE Ports is currently extending the North Quay Rail Terminal to increase the efficiency of rail operations and encourage greater use of rail for container freight.
The $31 million extension is being funded by the Australian ($18.6 m) and Western Australian ($12.4 million) governments. The major contract for the extension of the North Quay Rail Terminal has been awarded to Australian engineering and construction company York Civil, with the project well underway and due for completion by the end of June 2014. The project will increase the capacity of the rail infrastructure servicing Fremantle Portâ€™s container trade. As well as increasing capacity and supply chain
efficiency, the extension of the rail terminal from 400m to 690m will help to increase railâ€™s share of the container trade and reduce the growth of truck traffic. The extension of the rail terminal will improve access for container transfers and enable shorter turn around times, helping to make rail more competitive. The current work is part of a suite of strategies aimed at maximising the use of rail for the container trade. The aim is to make land-based freight movement more efficient while reducing impacts on surrounding communities as trade grows. Rail now has a 14 per cent share of container movements to and from Fremantle Portsâ€™ Inner Harbour, compared with about two percent in 2002.
Above: Rail is expected to play a growing role in transporting containers at Fremantle Port
Above: The rail terminal on North Quay is being extended by 290m to enable to carriage of more containers by rail
The volume of containers currently on rail reduces truck movements by some 72,000 truck trips annually, using an average of four trains a day to transport containers to and from intermodal hubs. Container trade through Fremantle has grown by an annual average of 5.5 per cent over the past decade. In 2012-13, container volume in Fremantle rose by 9.8 per cent to just under 657,000 TEUs. Construction of roads and services on 27 hectares of land reclaimed at Rous Head as a product of harbour and channel deepening is nearing completion. This area represents about 20 per cent of the overall area of Rous Head and the land uses have been planned with a high priority on improving landside access and efficiency. Part of the land is being used for truck
marshalling, with associated refuelling facilities. Other land uses will include container logistics, storage, and short term warehousing and empty container parks. The design of the area will improve traffic flows and allow for the consolidation of some operations onto larger sites. Relocation of some operations has also been required to release land to allow for the expansion of the North Quay Rail Terminal so that longer trains can be handled without having to split them. Fremantle Ports continues to work with representatives of container terminals, empty container parks, rail, transport carriers and industry groups to discuss key issues in the supply chain, and identify opportunities for further improvements.
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AMED THE Glengarry, the vessel is a 16m ORC 156.HR5 fast pilot boat which is, according to Hart Marine Managing Director Mal Hart, one of the most advanced of its kind available in the world today. Construction and trials took about seven months after the contract had been awarded to Harts in March, 2013. Geraldton Port Authority chose the ORC design, which is a collaboration between Harts and French naval architects Pantocarene, based on the growing number of the craft operating in Australian waters and the stellar reputation they have gained among their owners and crew who operate them. Before being handed over to her new owners, Glengarry went through an intense seven-day sea trial to test maximum, cruising and transfer speeds and to certify fuel consumption. In addition, the vessel’s compasses were swung and she was subjected to a crash stop and steering test. One of the most important tests was to check her stability curve to ensure that she will self-right if that is ever required. The sea trials were conducted by an expert team from Hart Marine and representatives from the port authority. Glengarry was designed to incorporate exceptional levels of usability and safety even in the most extreme conditions. She is surveyed to carry a crew of two and four pilots and is fully self-righting in the event she ever capsizes.
The wheelhouse is well thought out with comfortable seating for 6 persons and a command chair and station amidships with excellent all-round vision. Olectric Systems supplied the Furuno electronics package including radar, echo sounder and plotter and Icom radios – all sited in a central console with everything being convenient and at hand for the coxswain. The vessel has a new-design cabin with forward-sloping windows to minimise heat transmission to the cabin interior. She is equipped with substantial Ocean 3 fendering around her hull, as well as cabin-mounted grab rails and everything required for the safe and speedy exchange of personnel between the boat and large vessels underway. Safety equipment was supplied by RFD and includes a six-person RFD life raft sited to port on the aft deck. The vessel was equipped with another potentially life-saving piece of equipment in the form of a forwardlooking infrared (FLIR) camera which is able to detect the heat given off by human beings in the sea and make it possible for her to participate in search and rescue missions even in low visibility. The vessel is powered by twin 873hp Caterpillar diesel motors delivering power to two Mikado 750mm propellers through remote-mount MGX5135A gear boxes.
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pilot boats, the new design has worked to virtually eliminate it. Noise and vibration in the crew cabin are further reduced by the composite materials used in construction and the fact that the wheelhouse is resilient-mounted. Glengarryâ€™s twin 750mm ďŹ ve-blade propellers also have the effect of reducing cavitation and noise. Hart Marine has already built and delivered six ORC pilot boats to customers around Australia including one for the Albany Port Authority, one for Rio Tinto at Dampier,
These will give Glengarry a top speed of 32 knots and more than ample power to tackle any conditions she will meet. The ORC craft offer a particularly stable platform and integral to this is the unique hull design which has oversized rudders and wide trim-tabs that deliver outstanding manoeuvrability and sea-keeping characteristics. The hulls are light but superstrong and made from resin-infused E-glass with carbon ďŹ bre frames. The design fundamental making the ORC pilot boats unique is their wave-piercing beak hulls which evolved from years of tank testing and sea trials by Pantocarene and combine the characteristics of planing and
one for Esperance Port, one for Kembla Port Corporation and three for Port Phillip Sea Pilots operating in Port Phillip Bay and Westernport Bay. In all cases, the craft have performed impeccably even in extreme sea conditions and this has led directly to a number of new orders which are currently in production. These include another Orc 18 for Port Phillip Sea Pilots and an Orc 15.6 for Svitzer and Chevron for use on their Gorgon gas project in Western Australia.
semi-planing hulls. Vertical acceleration is reduced when compared to typical semiplaning hulls, with the best results being obtained at high speed. In following seas, the beak hulls behave better than traditional planing or semiplaning hulls. The feature imparts inherent roll damping and the vessel slows only moderately as its beak bow pierces the next wave. The importance of this feature cannot be overstated with pilots and crews of the craft reporting that the design offers a much smoother ride and greatly reduced levels of fatigue. Many also report that, although they had experienced sea-sickness on older-style
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Momentum builds for dedicated freight rail to the Port of Brisbane T HE Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) is building momentum, in partnership with the Federal and Queensland governments, for its plan to secure the delivery of a dedicated freight rail line linking the Port with trade export corridors west of Toowoomba and the proposed Inland Rail Project.
Delivering a sustainable, long term rail freight transport solution servicing the Port of Brisbane is essential to prevent worsening freight-induced traffic congestion, improve air quality and enhance the liveability of South East Queensland communities. PBPL welcomes the joint announcement by the Federal and Queensland Governments of $300 million to establish a staged, 10-year approach to the construction of the nation building Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project. PBPL firmly believes that delivering a Dedicated Freight Rail Corridor (DFRC) linking the Port of Brisbane with trade export markets west of Toowoomba will strengthen the business case for inland rail and reshape freight transport on Australia’s east coast. In November, PBPL presented a comprehensive submission to Infrastructure Australia which represents a pre-feasibility study of the Dedicated Freight Rail Corridor (DFRC) and demonstrates the commercial viability of such a proposal. This Infrastructure Australia submission follows over two years of intensive consultation
Above: Dedicated freight rail would reshape freight transport on Australia’s east coast with political and industry stakeholders across South East QLD and northern NSW to identify the optimal requirements for a commercially viable DFRC proposal. The DFRC will deliver several significant benefits to the Queensland economy and local communities including: •Removal of approximately 4,000 trucks per day from South East Queensland’s road network by 2045; saving on average 186 million truck kilometres per annum.
•Considerable improvement in air quality with 460 tonnes of carbon removed from the atmosphere annually by 2045. •A significant reduction in accidents, road maintenance costs and improved travel times by 15 minutes for an average trip from Toowoomba to Brisbane. •Removal of all freight trains from Ipswich and Toowoomba city and approximately 60,000 20-foot freight containers from the Brisbane metropolitan passenger rail network each year.
•Creation of 5,000 construction and operational jobs for Queensland. •Separation of freight and passenger services will provide increased amenity for the Brisbane metropolitan rail network. Importantly, the DFRC will secure the long-term sustainability of Queensland’s agricultural sector and the state’s global trade competitiveness by delivering a more efficient route to market for exports. Over 40% of trade currently handled by the Port of Brisbane originates from regions in the corridor from the Port to west and south west of Toowoomba and PBPL’s forecasts this trade will double over the next decade and increase four fold over the next 25 to 30 years. Such trade growth needs to be serviced through a balanced multi-modal solution with a dominant modal share on rail to reduce community and environmental impacts. Since 2010, PBPL has invested significant resources and capital into identifying a sustainable and balanced transport solution and is currently completing a pre-feasibility study to demonstrate the commercial, social and environmental viability of dedicated freight rail. PBPL will continue to work closely with government and industry stakeholders to develop a detailed DFRC business case by 2015 that ensures community and environmental impacts are minimised whilst maximising the economic benefit to the State.
Reef protected under Abbot Point and Arrow approvals
HE Newman Government has welcomed a decision from Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to approve an expansion of the Abbot Point Coal terminal near Mackay, and Arrow’s Curtis Island Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facility and Gas Transmission line.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the approvals will provide a much needed boost to Queensland’s coal and coal seam gas industries. “We welcome this common-sense decision from the Commonwealth Government that will encourage growth in Queensland’s resources sector and underpin future jobs in the coal and coal seam gas sector,” Mr Seeney said. “Australia’s longest and most comprehensive assessment process has produced some of the strictest environmental conditions in Australia’s history. “That is only right and proper given that we are protecting Australia’s and Queensland’s most important asset, the Great Barrier Reef. “Expanding the Port of Abbot Point is crucial to opening up the rich coal resources of the Galilee Basin and we are pleased that the Abbott Government has seen fit to bring an end to Labor delays on this important project.” Mr Seeney rejected criticism from extreme green groups that the port expansion will harm the reef environment. “The amount of dredging that will take place at Abbot Point under this process is onetenth of that proposed by the former Labor government,” he said. “Labor would have allowed up to 35 million cubic metres of dredging, under the Newman Government’s environmentally responsible plan, just 3 million cubic metres will take place.” Mr Seeney said he welcomed the Federal Government’s acceptance of the Queensland Government approach that dredge material be viewed as a valuable resource. Page 12 - Australian Ports News
Reef not at threat from responsible dredging
HE Great Barrier Reef is not under threat from responsible dredging activities such as those proposed for the port of Abbot Point near Bowen. Above: Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier “The draft Queensland Ports Strategy has proposed that the material produced by dredging be used beneficially to enhance onshore port precincts,” he said. “The beneficial use of dredge material to boost the land area of existing ports makes good common sense, and will reduce the pressure for port development in other areas. “We need to maximise opportunities to expand existing port assets by enhancing the land area available, an approach used very successfully around the world.” Mr Seeney said the approval of Arrow LNG infrastructure at Curtis Island near Gladstone was a significant step for Queensland’s potential fourth major gas project. “The LNG sector has already proven itself as a crucial driver in getting the Queensland economy back on track and we welcome Federal Government support for its ongoing growth.”
Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney said the latest scientific evidence on reef health proved that dredging has minor impacts on reef ecosystems when compared to other causes of water quality decline. “In a week of grandstanding, the facts about the state of our Reef have been deliberately hidden by extreme groups such as Greenpeace which has a sole aim of shutting down the nation’s coal industry, jeopardising jobs and income for tens of thousands of Queenslanders,” Mr Seeney said. “What these groups won’t tell you is that there is now a growing body of scientific work that identifies the major causes of coral loss on the Great Barrier Reef as cyclones and storm damage (48%), Crown of Thorns starfish (42%) and coral bleaching (10%)*. “Dredging of Queensland ports has been carried out responsibly for decades and the Abbot Point proposal has been subject to the most comprehensive state and federal assessment process ever undertaken.”
Mr Seeney said 95 environmental conditions had been applied to this project including the disposal of dredge material well away from coral reefs and other sensitive coastal areas, rigorous water quality and marine life monitoring and a strict marine and shipping management plan. “It is gross hypocrisy for these groups to steam up the Queensland coast in their dieselpowered, steel-hulled yacht in their campaign against the coal industry,” he said. “The dredging that will take place is also one-tenth of what would have occurred under the previous Labor government’s proposal, which never faced the same level of criticism from green groups. “These people need to be seen for what they really are - extremists who manipulate and distort the facts to support their sensationalist claims. “The Queensland Government understands the health of the Reef is important to all Queenslanders, and we will not allow it to be harmed. “We will continue to pursue balanced policies that protect the unique beauty and ecological significance of the Great Barrier Reef and allow much needed economic growth in our resources sector.”
A New HQ Site for Tex Onsite Greater Efficiencies Result from New Home Base
Above: The new Bayswater facilities certainly paid off many fold,” said Managing The range of retail items will now increase Director Mick Kirwan. until they have a full stock list available for “We can now put in place our plans to clients. All items will attract the appropriate increase our product range to provide a much test and calibration service prior to delivery. more comprehensive service for clients.” This is something that is considered unique in The new facility provides the space to move the industry. further into the retail side with an enormous Australian owned Tex Onsite provides a warehouse area available for a wider range of genuine national ON-SITE Test, Inspect and traditional and newer stock lines. Management Instrument Calibration service with around has always considered this was something that 30 service vans on the road and 4 airplanes was missing for their clients and believes they servicing remote sites throughout Australia. have now accomplished the one-stop-shop This wide geographical on-site coverage is concept.
exceptional in Australia. Typically Tex Onsite service industries such as - mining, gas, electricity supply industry, generation, electrical contracting, manufacturing, construction, shipping, rail and much more. Tex Onsite’s product range incorporates – instrument calibration and repair covering electrical, torque, dimensional, pressure, temperature, flow, survey equipment etc. The test and inspection service includes HV safety and operational tools and equipment, lifting gear, safety equipment, height safety and fall arrest. The high end Power System Protection Maintenance Service embraces generation, transmission and distribution situations and incorporates large industrial electric motor test and inspection particularly suitable for the Australian mining industry. A complimentary Data Management Records & Scheduling Service keeps track of clients’ equipment – ensuring compliance every time. The new Tex Onsite HQ is based at 28 Corporate Boulevard Bayswater Victoria. Phone 1300 785 935 or email email@example.com www.texonsite.com.au
Above: Tex Onsite spacious test & calibration lab
Above: One of the new-look Tex Onsite service vans
EADING HV Test and Instrument Calibration company Tex Onsite has moved their previously scattered support functions into their new purpose designed headquarters at Bayswater in Melbourne’s east.
The new base incorporates the new NATA laboratory and modern state of the art instrument repair facility, complete client support admin facility, the ITC network hub and a new spacious retail warehouse. Having all these operations now under one roof has increased the efficiency of the company and prompted an organizational restructure to the now streamlined version. This is providing the ultimate in improved client support emanating through all the state services centres around Australia. “It is certainly exciting times for Tex Onsite. We have been anxious about this move for some time now, however we had to get all the ducks in a row and do it right, and our patience has
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Page Macrae Engineering Leaders in Dust Emissions Control
NVIRONMENTAL considerations have become one of the most important factors in choosing new bulk cargo handling equipment.
Above: Newly designed hopper being towed into place at Port Geelong, Victoria Mr Ennis says the DCL range of discharge spouts, filter modules, conveyors and valves can handle a wide range of bulk materials including limestone, salt, alumina, grain, fertiliser and cement. Because of their superior quality, DCL components are a good fit with Page Macraeâ€™s focus on providing environmentally friendly solutions while also improving efficiency and productivity. The dust spouts are capable of operating at up to 600 tonnes an hour, but a high degree of dust suppression is provided by flexible sleeves and rubber skirted lining, and additional suppressors can give almost dust-free product handling. â€œDCL discharge spouts are a key component in our hoppers,â€? Mr Ennis says. â€œWe put them through a rigorous assessment process and found that they really were the best available.â€? The DCL agency works well for both companies, especially given Page Macraeâ€™s increasing focus on whole chain bulk handling solutions, he says. â€œThat can include from ship to storage, and also equipment for any handlers of bulk materials that create a dust problem.â€? Page Macraeâ€™s line of hoppers has recently been expanded with the design of a totally new product
And it is Page Macrae Engineeringâ€™s strong focus on this aspect of grab and hopper design that has seen its award-winning grabs, dust controlled hoppers and other equipment selected by port and stevedoring operations throughout Australasia. The company has won an international reputation for designing and building quality equipment that is not only robust, efficient and built to last, but can also provide operators with substantial savings in time and money, through low operating costs and increased productivity. While it might not be the cheapest on the market, it is in strong demand from companies looking for high quality equipment that will meet strict environmental standards while still operating efficiently in sometimes challenging situations. Page Macrae produces a range of grabs and discharge hoppers and specialises in providing integrated solutions for bulk discharge with a strong focus on assisting clients in reducing their operations environmental impact. Mr Ennis, who visited Darwin recently to carry out a two-year follow up on equipment sold to QUBE Ports and Bulk, says it has been a major success, resulting in another order for two diesel hydraulic grabs and two discharge hoppers which have been commissioned at QUBEâ€™s operation in Bunbury, Western Australia. He says tight control over dust at bulk transfer points increases system productivity by cutting material losses, which can be a significant amount of the total product handled. Page Macrae has a strong partnership with Michigan, US-based Dust Control and Loading Systems (DCL) as their Australasian agent. DCL manufactures a large range of highly regarded dust control loading system components. Some of these have been incorporated in Page Macraeâ€™s equipment, bringing benefits for both companies.
that integrates the dust collection system with the hopper. This not only makes it easier to control dust emissions, but also eliminates the time involved in deploying a separate dust collection unit to wherever the hopper is located to be working on the wharf. â€œItâ€™s a new evolution in the line of equipment we produce and it complements our hopper package,â€? says Cargo Handling Equipment manager Bruce Ennis. Two companies who have already taken advantage of this new design are Boral Cement, Geelong, Victoria and Port Taranaki in the North Island of New Zealand. Both clientâ€™s primary focus was controlling dust emissions without compromising on discharge productivity. Boralâ€™s Divisional Capital Program Manager, Domenic Saffioti, says. Boral started the product evaluation process late in 2012 by conducting a worldwide search of suppliers of portside clinker hoppers. â€œA review of the proposals submitted, including those by Page Macrae, showed that there were two suppliers within contention that could deliver most, if not all, of what Boral required,â€? Mr Saffioti says.
â€œPage Macrae demonstrated that they had firsthand experience with these hoppers in Australia, and showed a willingness to modify their design to incorporate Boralâ€™s needs. A responsive and co-operative tender process also supported the decision to engage Page Macrae for the two hoppers.â€? Mr Saffioti says the final decision was based on the fact that Page Macraeâ€™s could supply fit for purpose equipment. Other important criteria included delivery time, price, Boralâ€™s confidence in the product and the company, and Page Macraeâ€™s strong reputation. Page Macrae continues to be a leader in the field of dust controlled loading and unloading equipment, with a strong focus on designing solutions to meet their customerâ€™s requirements.
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New Kalmar user interface launched for Asciano container terminals in Australia K
ALMAR, part of Cargotec, delivered the new graphic user interface (GUI) for its equipment control system for the operations of AutoStrad(TM) to Asciano for roll out at their container terminals in Brisbane and Sydney. The new user interface is completely 3-dimensional, providing the operators with an intuitive interface reducing the time needed for training. Asciano Director Terminals and Logistics, Alistair Field, said: “The new system is much more intuitive for operators to work with, enabling them to respond to exceptions quickly and easily. It will greatly improve operations efﬁciency on the terminals. We look forward to rolling out the new user interface at our container terminals.” The Kalmar AutoStrad(TM) is a proven solution and the new user interface is the centrepiece of the command and control interface of the equipment control system. With 3D visualisation of the port, it provides the operator greater situation awareness which helps in decision making. Being highly conﬁgurable, all user roles are provided with rich visual experience, multiple camera angles and context sensitive tools. Each point of work and each piece of equipment can be individually followed in real-time as they move throughout the terminal. The user has an option of creating custom ﬁlters or a choice of a number of pre-set ﬁlters including point-of-work association and departure heat maps for improved production control. “The new user interface is further evidence of Kalmar’s commitment to be at the forefront of port technology. We have a team of 28 engineers here in Sydney who are committed to developing new technologies to make our customers operations run at peak efﬁciency and safety,” said Peter McLean, Vice President, Kalmar Australia New Zealand. The automation system and the new graphic user interface were created in Australia by Kalmar.
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Kalmar has partnered with Patrick Terminals & Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asciano Limited, for many years both as a supplier of equipment as well as a maintenance provider. The AutoStrad(TM) solution was ﬁrst introduced in Asciano’s Brisbane terminal in 2005 and is currently being introduced in the company’s Sydney terminal in Australia.
For further information, contact: Peter McLean, Vice President Kalmar Australia New Zealand, Kalmar, telephone: +61 3 9234 7000, or email: email@example.com Nicola Anderson, Brand Manager Kalmar Australia New Zealand, telephon:e +61 400 371 986, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy
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industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efﬁcient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efﬁciency of every move. www.kalmaglobal.com Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s sales totalled EUR 3.3 billion in 2012 and it employs approximately 10,000 people. www.cargotec.com
Kalmar SmartPort automation solutions have been developed for your business: to drive the greatest equipment efﬁciency at the lowest possible operational cost. Kalmar’s ASC+s, AutoStrads™ and AutoShuttles, as well as the Automated Lashing Platform, provide ﬂexibility in automated terminal conﬁguration, ensuring constant, predictable and reliable performance to shipping lines, 24/7 without any delays. kalmarglobal.com
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Flinders Logistics’ Clean Sweep with Environmental Transport Award
LINDERS Logistics won the Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Award for Environmental Transport at a special event in Melbourne on 21 November 2013. The top honour acknowledged the company’s stakeholder engagement in developing a state-of-the-art system, which minimises dust emissions from bulk minerals along the pit-to-port supply chain. The win is the third this year for the South Australian logistics company that has more than quadrupled its tonnages and workforce since 2012.
This latest award is national kudos for the Port Adelaide logistics specialist that prides itself in delivering safe and environmentally sound transport solutions to the mining sector. Andrew Pellizzari, General Manager of Flinders Logistics said, “When it comes to environmental management, our approach is one of continuous improvement. Gaining national recognition by winning this prestigious environmental accolade is a great privilege.” Flinders Logistics’ national success follows accomplishments in the company’s home state. Earlier this year, the logistics business secured the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Management and SafeWork SA’s award for “Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health & Safety Issue”. The company was a finalist in both the dust control and the best practice in work health & safety categories at the Australian Bulk Handling Awards. The innovative logistics provider also made the shortlist for the Safe Transport section at the Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards. “Finding transport solutions that enable the environmental, safety and economic goals of customers, employees and local communities to align will create a sustainable future for bulk handling in Australia. For our business and our customers, it has been a win-win,” said Mr Pellizzari.
Above: Peter Gaffney, Trade Development Manager, reprresenting Flinders Logistics to receive Environmental Transport Award
Strong Start to Financial Year Delivers New Port Records
T has been a strong start to the 2013/14 financial year for the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA), with a number of new port records broken in the first five months. Sunday, 17 November 2013, saw six vessels sail on a single tide carrying a record combined total cargo of 1,083,210 tonnes, beating the previous record set on 25 October 2013 by 20,695 tonnes. November also saw the vessel Wugang Haoyun break the record for the largest vessel to sail out of the port, at a Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of 299,385.4 tonnes. At the same time, the vessel broke the record for the largest shipment of iron ore on a single vessel carrying 263,023 tonnes of product, along with the deepest sailing draft recorded at the port, sailing at 19.60m. The PHPA also reported a record monthly throughput of 29.7 million tonnes (mt) for the month of September.
Above: Vessel loading at Finucane Island Berths A & B (Photo courtesy of PHPA)
Record Profit for Darwin Port
HIEF Minister Adam Giles (right) has welcomed news of a record profit for the Darwin Port Corporation, driven by a surge in cargo volumes and improved economic conditions.
The Darwin Port Corporation Annual Report for 2012-13 shows the organisation made a before tax profit of $11 million for the year. “This record-breaking result represents a 31% increase in total revenue for the Port Corporation and is more evidence the Territory is open for business,” Mr Giles said. “The volume of cargo traded was the highest since 2009 and saw total revenue reaching the $51 million mark. Exported cargo increased by 500,000 tonnes or almost 22% on the previous year. Page 16 - Australian Ports News
“The import of bulk liquids and petroleum, as well as the export of bulk minerals led the way for exceeding revenue targets for the year. “Almost double the number of vessels calledin at the Port compared to the previous year. “This includes 31 additional livestock ships which is a 45% increase from the previous year when the industry was hit hard by the Federal Labor Government’s knee-jerk live cattle ban. “The report notes that visits by 61 cruise ships have also given a huge boost to local retailers. “More than $2.6 million was injected into local economy over three consecutive days in March from three cruise ships berthed at city wharves. “On the wave of these results, the Port Corporation is planning for an important
dredging project at the entrance of the Harbour to open it up to unrestricted tidal access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “The Government has already identified the need for a second port to enable further industrial development. “This is a long term project and a concept study for the future of our ports is due for completion towards the end of the year.”
Published on Dec 28, 2013
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