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Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

25 January 2021

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the media


Survey reveals port disruptions the biggest risk to supply chain efficiency in 2021
When asked what they think the biggest risk to supply chain efficiency is this year, 75 per cent of respondents stated port disruptions and its ramifications such as sea freight capacity, equipment shortages and an overall increase in supply chain costs due to increasing rates and delays (22 January 2021).  More...

China’s offshore purgatory snares more Australian coal cargoes
Despite a Chinese ban on coal imports from Australia that’s left about 70 ships, 1,400 seafarers and 6.4 million tons of the fuel in offshore limbo, some vessels continue to make the voyage. While the stranded cargoes and crew are trapped between authorities, perhaps most curious of all is what is driving additional shipments (23 January 2021).  More...

China-Australia dispute leaves coal carriers stranded
Beijing’s bar against Australian coal imports is upending global flows of the energy commodity, leaving dozens of loaded ships stranded off the Chinese coast and reshaping the direction of the seaborne trade. Maritime bulk carriers adjusting to changing global trade networks and the idling of a shipping capacity that is now effectively serving as floating storage for the commodity (21 January 2021).  More...

Maersk ship loses 750 containers overboard in Pacific Ocean
A cargo ship operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S lost several hundred containers in the Pacific Ocean while sailing through heavy seas from China to Los Angeles, the latest in a spate of incidents in which boxes carrying millions of dollars’ worth of goods have gone overboard (22 January 2021).  More...

Withdrawal of protected industrial action at Svitzer-serviced ports
Towage provider Svitzer has welcomed the decision of the Maritime Union of Australia to withdraw its protected industrial action in ports covered by Svitzer Australia’s National Towage Enterprise Agreement as of midday, Wednesday 20 January 2021 (22 January 2021).  More...

Why empty shipping containers are piling up in Australia
How empty containers have built up in Australia – and the lessons here apply to any importing country with a trade imbalance with Asia exporters, has been put together with an easy-to-understand analysis by the  country’s liner lobby group, Shipping Australia (14 January 2021).  More...

Port Hedland shipping companies to foot the bill for dust pollution
A property buyback scheme for residents of Port Hedland affected by dust pollution will be funded by the shipping companies which will be taxed $13,450 per major shipload to fund the $200 million scheme. WA Minister for Regional Development and Ports, Alannah MacTiernan, said it is now up  to the shippers to negotiate with the iron ore customers, either the miners or the purchasers, to get that money back (12 January 2021).  More...


Exporters call for expansion and overhaul of 'invaluable' freight subsidy
Australian exporters are calling on the Federal Government to extend a freight subsidy they say is vital in keeping supply chains open and protecting their businesses. The call to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism comes amid projections international travel will remain on hold for the rest of 2021 (20 January 2021).  More...

Deloitte paper calls for common standards across the healthcare supply chain to aid vaccine deployment
A new report issued by Deloitte points to universal adoption of global standards across the healthcare supply chain worldwide to enable fast, efficient, and safe distribution (14 January 2021).  More...

Road transport

Heavy Vehicle National Law needs to move to a risk-based approach
In the lead up to the National Transport Commission presenting the finalised policy options on the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to Transport Ministers in May 2021, we are reemphasising our position that the HVNL is excessively prescriptive and limits the scope for operators to use innovative approaches to manage safety risks (19 January 2021).  More...

Delivery curfews under pressure to be extended again as pandemic continues
With states reinstating border closures and inner-city lockdowns due to the latest hotspots, Australian Logistics Council (ALC) is again calling for 24/7 freight delivery, with a view to restrictions being removed permanently (13 January 2021).   More...

Limited-real-timefreight data causing  delays
The findings of a freight data sharing study, which involved trials with companies including Woolworths, Nestle and Toll Group, has outlined the opportunities for improvement in the sector, as well as identifying why supply chains are suffering (11 January 2021).  More...

Truck cabin explosion sparks refrigerant warnings
Industry groups have expressed alarm at a recent Queensland incident prompted by the use of dubious refrigerant gas in a truck cabin. The incident evokes calls years ago from the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) that cheaper refrigerant gases have the potential to ignite in truck systems (21 January 2021).  More...

HVIA: Draft revisions of Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual
In mid-December, the NHVR published a draft of proposed updates to the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (HVIM). The changes are editorial in nature to improve clarity. HVIA is currently preparing a submission, which is due by the 29th January (20 January 2021).  More...

HVIA: Have you got your RVSA implementation plan ready
HVIA’s National Manager Policy and Government Relations Greg Forbes has repeated his advice to manufacturers of truck, trailers and components. HVIA members affected by the legislation should put plans into place to prepare for changeover to the new legislation on 1 July 2021. The details are outlined here  (20 January 2021).  More...

Directional stability under braking standard up for consultation
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has opened Performance Based Standards (PBS) consultation on the implementation of amendments to the PBS Directional Stability Under Braking (DSUB) Standard (15 January 2021).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Grounding of Trinity Bay on Harrington Shoal, 19 January 2021
ATSB Investigation number: MO-2021-001: 19 January 2021
The ATSB is investigating the grounding of the coastal general cargo ship Trinity Bay on Harrington Shoal, 410 NM north of Cairns, Queensland, at 0810 on 19 January 2021.  More...

NHVR: Newsletter
Fortnightly newsletter providing important information on the heavy vehicle industry, including the latest NHVR news and events, relevant law and policy changes (January 2020).   More...

Design and construction guidelines for the delivery of large cantilever and gantry structures
AUSTROADS AP-G95-21: 19 January 2021
It identified gaps in guidance in the delivery of cantilever and gantry structures, as well as examples of good practice in their design and construction and lessons learnt from past failure.  More...

Practice and Regulation

New Standards
ISO 22192:2021
Bunkering of marine fuel using the Coriolis mass flow meter (MFM) system
International Organization for Standardization

NHVR: PBS directional stability under braking standard open for consultation
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has opened consultation on the implementation of amendments to the PBS Directional Stability Under Braking (DSUB) Standard. . For additional information or to provide feedback please click here. Feedback on the paper is open until 12 February 2021.

Rural and regional affairs and transport references committee
Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry
Status: Submissions closed Date Referred: 11 September 2019 Reporting Date: 11 February 2021

Road Vehicle Standards Act draft determinations
The Department of Infrastructure has released a series of draft determinations on issues relevant to the Road Vehicle Standards Act implementation. The Draft Determinations and draft Explanatory Statements can be accessed on the webpage here. Determination 1 is relevant to vehicle manufacturers. Feedback on the draft determinations is open until 2 February 2021

Consultation on light and heavy vehicle emission standards for cleaner air
The department has released two draft Regulation Impact Statements considering the case for mandating more stringent noxious emission standards in Australia. Close date: 26 February 2021.  More...

Industry feedback sought on NHVIM update
The NHVR has started a five-yearly review of the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) and is seeking industry input on a revised draft. Consultation on NHVIM 3.0 began on December 7 and feedback can be submitted until January 29, 2021 via the NHVIM feedback form. The NHVR is also seeking feedback on the revised draft VSB6 Section T – Tow Trucks, which has been updated to align with current design and construction techniques. Consultation began on December 7 and feedback can be submitted until January 29. Feedback on the NHVIM can be made here and the tow trucks here.  More...

NHVR Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI): Round 6
Applications for Round 6 of the NHVR’s HVSI are open until 12 February 2021. Projects must be implementable, commence in the 2021-22 financial year and be completed by 30 June 2024. For more information or to view the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2021-22 Submission Guidelines, please click here.

Revised National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) business rules and standards
Key changes have been made to more closely align NHVAS with safety management systems to better assist customers meet their requirements under the Chain of Responsibility laws. The changes will be effective for new participants from 22 February 2021. More details on the revised Rules and Standards, as well as the Notice of Final Rule Making, are available here

HVIA Consultation Reminder: Euro VI emissions systems
The Department of Infrastructure has just released consultation papers on Vehicle Emissions which looks at the introduction of Euro VI emissions systems. The consultation papers can be viewed here and comments on these papers will be open until 26 February 2021

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Australia's general aviation industry
Status: Accepting Submissions Date Referred: 02 December 2019  Reporting Date: 30 November 2021     

ATSB:  Applications now open for Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation
The ATSB and RMIT University recently established a strategic partnership to teach how to manage and lead accident investigations of aviation, rail and marine vehicles. Applications for the intake of the Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation are now open. Find out more on the RMIT website, including how to apply directly for the 2021 February intake .  More...

Commonwealth Modern Slavery statement paper
This would report on modern slavery risks in the Government’s procurement and investment activities and explain the steps taken to identify and respond to those risks, and link with Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018
The first Commonwealth Modern Slavery Statement will be published before 31 December 2020.  The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Statement scoping paper is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

AMSA: Marine notice 10/2020. Supersedes 04/2020
UPDATED: Temporary arrangements for the maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers during COVID-19 pandemic.
This  marine  notice  provides  information  to  vessel  owners,  operators  and  seafarers  about  AMSA’s updated approach to applying the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). It outlines the requirements for the maximum continuous period that a seafarer can serve on board a vessel without taking leave, during the COVID-19 pandemic. After 28 February 2021, AMSA will revert to the compliance and enforcement approach outlined in marine notice 17/2016 here.  More...

AMSA: Current Marine notices
2020/09: STCW seafarer certificates and certificates of medical fitness—further arrangements for COVID-19 – Certification
The purpose  of  this  marine  notice  is  to advise   flag   States,   port   States,   vessel owners,  operators, masters  and  crews that the AMSA has taken steps to allow the holders of :seafarer certificates; and certificates of medical fitness; to  continue  to  perform  duties  even  if  the certificate expires during the period between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.   More...

AMSA Watertight and weathertight integrity on domestic commercial vessels
Watertight and weathertight integrity is the standard found in part C: design and construction and section C2: watertight and weathertight integrity, of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV). Make a submission Have your say from 18 January 2021 to 28 March 2021.  More...

AMSA: Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) safety alert
If you are currently operating under an exemption that expires on the 30 June 2020, it has now been automatically extended for 5 years, until 30 June 2025. This 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. More...

CTAA - Patrick Terminals’ import container weight amendment fee - Pondus stand
Patrick Terminals announced late last year the introduction of a Weight Adjustment Fee for import containers which are discovered to have a weight variance of greater than +/- one metric tonne from the declared gross weight. A copy of the Patrick Notice can be downloaded here. CTAA has been extremely concerned that the Weight Amendment Fee will be charged to transport operators, rather than directly to the shipper (forwarder / importer). A CTAA Notice to Industry provides further details and responses from Patrick to CTAA's concerns: Download CTAA Notice to Industry (22 January 2021).

ABF Customs notices
2021-03 - Broker Licence Renewals

ABF Customs notices
2021-01 - Definition of ‘consignment’ for the purposes of section 68 of the Customs Act 1901

IFCBAA: New recycling and waste laws
From 1 January 2021 exporters will no longer be able to send unprocessed waste glass overseas. Rules for waste plastics, tyres and paper will be phased in over time. Rules for plastics will come into effect on 1 July 2021 (stage 1) and 1 July 2022 (stage 2); tyres on 1 December 2021; and paper on 1 July 2024. Exporters of these materials will need a licence to export by the required date. Information on transitioning to the regulation be found here

SAL Covid-19 – Shipping update
Requirements, restrictions, rules and policies affecting the maritime industry at Australian ports
Updated 24 December 2020.  More...


BHP Coal Pty Ltd v Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union [2021] FWCFB 197
Fair Work Act 2009 s.604—Appeal of decision [5] The parties agreed that the following four questions ought to be determined by the Commission, following the Appellant’s decision to introduce Autonomous  Haulage Trucks  (AHTs) (driverless haul  trucks ) at the Goonyella Riverside Mine 

Teekay Marine Resources Pty Ltd [2021] FWCA 251
Fair Work Act 2009 s.185—Enterprise agreement

Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty Ltd [2021] FWCA 249
Fair Work Act 2009 s.185—Enterprise agreement



Acts compilation
Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981
12/01/2021 - Act No. 101 of 1981 as amended

Gazetted: Reminder
Notice of Intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations - Notice (No. 3) 2020
At the end of Schedule 4 Insert: 57B. Goods, as prescribed by by-law, if:
(a) the goods are medical products or hygiene products; and
(b) the goods are capable of use in combating the novel coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19; and (c) the time for working out the rate of duty on the goods is in the period beginning on 1 January 2021 and ending at the end of 30 June 2021. The alteration operates from 1 January 2021.

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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