Linfox, roadworthiness and young drivers are in the news this week, along with the state of the trucking industry, livestock effluent and intermodal freight hubs.
Linfox and Monash University have announced a strategic partnership to provide leadership and executive education for Linfox staff, and drive industry research, innovation and technological advances across the supply chain network.
The partnership brings together Monash’s research and technological capability with the largest privately owned supply chain solutions company in Asia Pacific. Linfox staff and Monash researchers will utilise the University’s virtual reality tools, advanced analytics and systems modelling expertise to identify technological advances aimed at enhancing supply chain capability.
“This partnership brings together Australia’s largest and most international university with one of Australia’s largest and most successful supply chain companies, demonstrating Monash’s long record of working with industry to translate world class research into positive impact,” said Margaret Gardner, Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor.
Understanding the roadworthiness of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet is a step closer with more than three-quarters of the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey completed.
“The results of the Survey are important not only for the Regulator but for operators and the industry as a whole,” said Geoff Casey, NHVR Executive Director for Productivity and Safety. “Industry support has been positive, with many operators proactively engaging inspectors to examine their fleet at depots across the country.
“The fact that operators are asking to be inspected and surveyed highlights the collaborative work of the NHVR, states, territories and industry.”
The Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association of NSW 2017 Young Driver of the Year Award is officially open, with the winner to be announced at the association’s annual conference in Dubbo in March next year.
The award, in its third year, recognises outstanding young drivers who demonstrate a best-practice approach to driving and safety. The driver is required to be or work for an LBCA member and entries are open for drivers aged 21-35.
Australia’s transport sector has recovered after the impact of the Global Financial Crisis with the nation’s freight task likely to grow by 26 per cent over the next decade according to a new research report published by the National Transport Commission. It provides useful information to governments and industry about the nature of Australia’s freight and passenger movements, and is aimed help those involved in infrastructure, planning and investment, operational improvements and regulatory changes.
“This data has been compiled from more than 150 different sources and for the first time provides an overview of what kinds of freight and passenger movements are likely to occur between now and 2026,” said Paul retter, NTC CEO.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has said it expects livestock loading and effluent control to be included in the revised load restraint guide being compiled this year. The ALRTA expects it to take the form of key ‘high level’ concepts to support the separate development of specific guidance material on effluent control (e.g. that effluent is part of the ‘goods’ being transported; that effluent spills are load restraint breaches; and that off-road parties have a duty to prevent on-road load restraint breaches).
DP World Australia is to operate Austrak’s intermodal freight hub at Somerton 23 km north of the Port of Melbourne.
“As a full customs bonded port for both import and export containers, Somerton can be offered as a port of origin and destination by shipping companies,” said Brian Gillespie, chief commercial officer for DP World Australia. “We expect capacity will grow to 400,000 teu over time.”
A rail shuttle service running between Somerton and Port of Melbourne will provide a rapid turn-around service for imports and regional rail exports to increase freight transport options for local importers and regional exporters, by handling longer length regional train services which currently struggle to get access to inner city rail terminals.