In the news this week, zero emission engines, parking bays and a new freight terminal are joined by a safety initiative in the Pilbara.
In Wodonga, SCT Logistics have opened a new intermodal freight terminal, with the departure of its first train from the Logic Intermodal Terminal in Wodonga, Northern Victoria taking place on October 13.
At a ceremony with Patience Harrington, CEO Wodonga Council and Glenn Smith, CEO SCT Logistics farewelled the first departure heading to SCT’s Western Australia facility. The $18 million terminal investment is part of the expansion of SCT’s services.
From January 2017, SCT said it will offer services into and out of the new Brisbane terminal in Bromelton, Queensland, via the Logic site.
In North America, Cummins Westport announced the new ISL G Near Zero (NZ) NOx natural gas engine has received emission certifications from both U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Air Resources Board (ARB) in California by meeting the 0.02 g/bhp-hr optional Near Zero NOx Emissions standards for medium-duty truck, urban bus, school bus and refuse applications.
According to Cummins Westport, exhaust emissions will be 90 per cent lower than the current EPA NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr and also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements.
“These North America emission certifications result in a game-changing reduction in urban tailpipe and engine related emissions,” said Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport. “This, combined with the reliability and operating improvements on the base ISL G engine, puts CWI natural gas engines at the forefront of cost-effective and dependable emission reduction strategies in transit, medium-duty truck and refuse applications.”
The 11th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum will take place in the Pilbara, at the IBIS Styles Hotel, Searipple Road, Karratha on November 3. Transafe WA said its forums attract quality speakers, diverse audiences and are a unique opportunity for information sharing around safe operations, and open discussion of the road transport industry in a region.
The Pilbara event will include a Direct Haul/ EDL case study presentation on the road transport/manufacturing interface these companies have developed. Other sessions include sleep science, tyre safety, driver training, packaged dangerous goods transport and a fatigue management panel discussion. Download the agenda here.
Road Safety Advocate Rod Hannifey has just received $420,000 in NSW funding for his initiative to help drivers find safe spots to stop. According to Hannifey, not one of Australia’s major highways meets minimum required standards for rest areas and 60 per cent of the highways inspected were seriously deficient.
The worst he hass seen is one built on a 45-degree angle on top of Conroy’s Gap along the Hume Hwy meaning truckies would have to sleep on a slant. NatRoad are calling for further examples, either experiences or photos, please send them into firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the location.