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Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

02 June 2020

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the media

Logistics group calls for permanent scrapping of curfews
The Australian Logistics Council is calling on all state and territory governments to permanently remove the operational curfews that are now suspended due to the pandemic (28 May 2020).  More...

IMO, ILO Call for restoring crew changes
In a joint statement released Tuesday, the IMO, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on member states to designate mariners and air transport personnel as "key workers." (27 May 2020).  More...

FIATA stands with seafarers maintaining the global supply chain during COVID-19
As the health crisis goes on affecting lives and nations’ economies, FIATA calls for collaboration between the freight forwarding and shipping industries. FIATA also supports the crew changes protocols from the International Maritime Organization while urging its implementation (25 May 2020).  More...

Horne gives greater clarity on draft container access policy
Victorian ports and freight minister Melissa Horne has written to industry players confirming her intention to create a Voluntary Port of Melbourne Performance Model and a draft protocol governing how stevedores levy fees and charges (27 May 2020).  More...

Statement on COVID reports aboard the Al Kuwait
As of 26 May 2020, six crew members of the live export vessel Al Kuwait have tested positive to COVID while the vessel was berthed at Fremantle, WA. In accordance with requirements, no crew members were permitted to disembark and all Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment staff attended the vessel in full personal protective equipment (26 May 2020).  More...

NHVR provides sensible outcome on signage
NatRoad is pleased that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has changed its regulation on rear marker plate signage requirements for heavy vehicles. Recently, NHVR made the sensible decision to not have a fixed date for compliance with VSB12 the National Code of Practice Rear Marking Plates (27 May 2020).  More...

RMS report shows slight truck compliance gains
NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) recently released its heavy vehicle compliance report for the first quarter of 2020, highlighting a slight improvement on previous quarters from nearly 70,000 inspections (22 May 2020).   More...

Northern Territory allows international crew changes
New rules issued will allow shipping companies to change over crews in the Northern Territory, Australia (21 May 2020).  More...

Now more than ever our focus needs to be on improving road safety behaviour
National Transport Insurance (NTI) has released their 2020 Major Accident Investigation Report produced by the NTI National Truck Accident Research Centre. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto welcomed the move by NTI to produce and release the NTARC report annually (20 May 2020).  More...

Onshore Biosecurity Levy
Following broad industry consultation and further consideration of the impacts on industry, the Australian Government has made the decision not to proceed with the Onshore Biosecurity Levy. This process highlighted that a levy could not be implemented without significant regulatory impacts on industry and proposed levy payers (20 May 2020).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

NHVR Major accident investigation 2020 report
This year’s report has identified an increase in the number of heavy vehicle driver fatalities, bucking the trend from previous years (20 May 2020).  More...

NHVR newsletter (industry updates)
On the Road is our fortnightly newsletter providing important information on the heavy vehicle industry, including the latest NHVR news and events, relevant law and policy changes, and resources to help industry members comply with the HVNL.  More...

Practice and Regulation

Department of Agriculture: Import industry advice notices 2020
20 May 2020 - 72-2020 Decision to not proceed with the Onshore Biosecurity Levy
20 May 2020 - 71-2020 Update to the requirements and conditions for approved arrangement class 19.1: NCCC and 19.2: AEPCOMM policy documents

ATSB safety investigations and reports
During heavy weather, the vessel’s main engine tripped, resulting in loss of propulsion for a short time. During this period, the vessel was rolling heavily—up to 25°—causing an unknown number of containers to fall on deck and into the sea.  More...

Applications open for Driver Reviver funding
Owners of Driver Reviver locations across the nation can now apply for a share of $3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites. The first round is a demand-driven grant round with applications closing 29 May 2020. Further information, including application guidelines and submissions, is available at (15 May 2020).  More...

NATROAD: RMS restricted access vehicle network maps - update

The online RAV maps provide information on the enforceable road network restrictions and routes available for use by heavy vehicles in NSW. The maps were last updated on 06/05/2020 and include the following changes to access. To see the Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) maps and lists click here (07 May 2020).  More...

NHVR Gap Assessment Tool
The Gap Assessment Tool has been re-launched (07 May 2020).  More...

AFIF: Novel coronavirus (Covid-19) update – restrictions easing, new challenges
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has developed a planning toolkit to help businesses develop their COVIDSafe Plan and adapt their operations to meet the requirements of operating during the pandemic (May 2020).   More...

AMSA: APL England container loss
In rough weather, early in the morning of 24 May, about 40 containers were lost overboard from the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England. This incident is remarkably similar to the loss of containers from the YM Efficiency on the 1st of June 2018 off Newcastle (24 May 2020).  More...

AMSA extension national law certificates of competency
This Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety Alert is to advise vessel owners, operators, masters, coxswains and crews that the AMSA has taken steps to extend the duration of all National Law certificates of competency. AMSA has issued an exemption that extends all National Law certificates of competency and all associated endorsements, expiring between 26 March and 1 October 2020, for six months from the expiry date noted on the certificate (May 2020).  More...

AMSA Reminder: New requirements for vessels carrying passengers
The new changes have been made through Marine order 504 (Certificates of operation and operation requirements – national law) Amendment 2020. From the 31 May 2020, any domestic commercial vessel that carries passengers must meet new requirements for passenger safety. Make sure your safety management system adequately addresses your passengers’ safety.  More...

AMSA: 03/2020—Shutdown of AMSA’s differential global positioning system service
This marine notice informs vessel owners, operators and masters of the shutdown of AMSA’s radio beacon differential global positioning system service from 1 July 2020.  More...

MSQ Notices
15 May 2020 General Manager's notice relating to Gladstone, Bundaberg and Roakhampton Pilotage Areas (issued 15 May)
08 May 2020 General Manager's notice relating to Townsville Pilotage Area (issued 8 May)

Senate: Consultations
Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry

Status: Submissions closed. Date Referred: 11 September 2019 Reporting Date: 14 October 2020.  More...

AIS: Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee projects
The Case for Endorsement will be considered at the Committee’s first meeting in 2020.
TLI Chain of Responsibility 
TLI Heavy Vehicle Driver Safety
TLI Freight Forwarding

Reminder: Anti-Slavery Act
The first reporting year for companies with the Australian financial year is 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 so businesses should be aware of these obligations this year.  More...



Gazetted May 2020

Heavy Vehicle National Law - National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No. 1)
29/05/2020 - The purpose of this Notice is to authorise access for Class 2 road trains that meet the requirements of this Notice. The National Class 2 Road Train Operator’s Guide (Operator’s Guide) provides more general information about the operation of Road Trains, including references to network maps and illustrations.
This Notice commences on 4 June 2020.

Heavy Vehicle National Law - National COVID-19 Emergency (Public Holiday Travel Condition) Derestriction Notice 2020 (No.3)
29/05/2020 - The purpose of this Notice is to remove certain travel condition restrictions on heavy vehicle travel times during the COVID-19 Emergency. The restrictions are those relating to travel on State controlled roads during public holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, and at other specified times. This Notice commences on 1 June 2020 and expires on 30 June 2020.

Heavy Vehicle National Law - Victoria Class 3 Livestock Carrier Mass Exemption Notice 2020 (No. 1)
25/05/2020 - The purpose of this Notice is to exempt a stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from the mass requirements prescribed in Schedules 1 to 5 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the National Regulation).

Heavy Vehicle National Law - Victoria Class 3 Carrier (Goats) Mass Exemption Notice 2020 (No. 1)
25/05/2020 -
The purpose of this notice is to exempt a stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from the mass requirements prescribed in Schedules 1 to 5 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the National Regulation).

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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