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Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

03 November 2020

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the media

ACCC chair slams state of monopoly ports controls
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has loosened a broadside on the economic burden of monopoly privatisations, including the long-term leasing of a number of the nation’s ports (21 October 2020).  More...

SAL responds to coastal trading reform discussion
Shipping Australia has filed a submission in the latest round of coastal trading discussion reforms. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications recently consulted with industry again about reform (30 October 2020).  More...

SAL: Port Pricing 2020: helping out in the pandemic
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt by consumers and businesses across Australia, affecting key stake holders along the logistic supply chain for both imports and exports. Whilst there have been some modifications to charges on shipping in some ports, there has clearly been support to the industry in these difficult times by some major ports (30 October 2020).  More...

NHVR on building a better national safety management system
The revised National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) Business Rules and Standards will better align with modern safety systems when they roll out from February 2021 according to the NHVR. CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the reforms for more than 7,600 NHVAS customers had been finalised following a review of the scheme and widespread industry consultation (30 October 2020).  More...

Euro VI emissions systems now on the agenda
The RIS concludes that implementing Euro VI for all newly approved heavy vehicle models manufactured from 1 July 2027 and for all new heavy vehicles manufactured from 1 July 2028, would result in $5 billion in net benefits out to 2050.  (29 October 2020).  More...

Covid means end of globalisation, say shippers
Two-fifths (39 per cent) of logistics professionals believe the Covid-19 crisis will lead to the end of globalisation and the re-emergence of national or local supply chains, according to a survey (29 October 2020).  More...

ATSB Preliminary Report on APL England reviews container loss issues
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau issued its preliminary report into the incident aboard the APL England, which resulted in the loss of containers overboard in Australian waters. While the first phase of the ongoing investigation reviewed the facts and the preliminary report does not include safety findings or analysis (28 October 2020).  More...

More cruises postponed as industry awaits CDC announcement
While hope has been slowly rising that the cruise industry might be nearing its resumption of service, additional cruises are being canceled as global authorities continue to fear that cruise ships might contribute to the feared winter resurgence of the coronavirus (27 October 2020).  More...

Light is right for Port of Melbourne regulation says ESC
The Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC)is confident that its prescription to solve issues surrounding the Port of Melbourne privatised monopoly’s behaviour will work because it has elsewhere in Australia (27 October 2020).  More...

Have your say on draft export control rules for animals, rabbit, ratite and wild game
A new legislative framework for agricultural exports commencing from 28 March 2021 will consist of the Export Control Act 2020 and a suite of legislative instruments, the Export Control Rules 2020. The Rules set out the operational details for regulating the exports of commodities and are based on the existing commodity orders (26 October 2020).  More...

Budget continues relief for Australia's Domestic Commercial Vessel Industry
The Australian Government will provide further financial relief to assist maritime businesses through challenging times, with the Federal Budget delivering an additional $11 million funding in 2021‑22 for the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (23 October 2020).  More...

Future fuels: zero-emission ships technically ready to hit the water by 2024
Developments that will shape the future of fuel for shipping have been coming thick and fast in recent weeks. An executive from international class society Lloyd’s Register has told the UN that zero-carbon emission vessels will be technically ready to go into the water within four years. So soon, in fact, that the ships will be ready before the land-side infrastructure is even built (20 October 2020).  More...

Western Australia tightens crew restrictions due to COVID-19 incidents
Concern over the number of crew members and ships arriving in Western Australia with COVID-19 is leading to calls to restrict crew changes, turn away ships and even close the ports (20 October 2020).  More...

Second Wave of COVID-19 reaches ships in Australia and New Zealand
The anticipated second wave of the coronavirus is not sparing the maritime industry as both Australia and New Zealand find themselves dealing with cases of the virus aboard ships arriving in their ports (19 October 2020).  More...

Industrial and logistics investment to gain further momentum in 2021
According to a Capital Markets outlook for 2021, Colliers International predicts the industrial and logistics investment market is expected to gather further momentum in 2021 due to significant levels of infrastructure investment and the exponential growth of e-commerce (19 October 2020).  More...

Modernising the meat export regulatory system
The Busting Congestion for Agricultural Exporters package will fund reforms for Australian agricultural sectors. The measures announced in the budget will support the development of a more competitive meat industry by bolstering Australia’s reputation as a provider of high-quality safe meat, underpinned by a robust regulatory system (19 October 2020).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

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

Loss of containers overboard involving APL England46 NM south-east of Sydney, New South Wales, on 24 May 2020
ATSB Preliminary Report: 28 October 2020
The preliminary report does not include safety findings or analysis, it already highlights several of the concerns raised by the Australian authorities after their initial inspection of the vessel. The preliminary report details the events leading up to the loss of the containers.  More...

Best practice approaches to road freight and communities
AUSTROAD  AP-R636-20: 28 October 2020
Austroads commissioned project ‘Best Practice Approaches to Road Freight and Communities’ to develop guidelines for best practice strategies and supporting materials for state / territory and local government road managers to communicate.  More...

Practice and Regulation

NATROAD submissions
Proposed changes to the way heavy vehicle charges are set and invested
To Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications: 28 October 2020
NatRoad provides feedback on ways that the HVRR should proceed but emphasises that in the short term establishing service level standards that categorise roads, with a range of service for each category should be a Government priority.  More...

AUTROADS: Review: design the future guidance for road transport network operations and planning
Our roads play an essential role in the movement of people and goods. Austroads is undertaking a strategic review of the Guide to Traffic Management to reflect changes in priorities in road network management and operations. Complete the survey by 6 November 2020 (22 October 2020).  More...

HVIA Consultation: 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 at the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions page and comments on these papers will be open until 26 February 2021 (28 October 2020).

A new tool to combat the talent shortage in Australia’s supply chain sector
The digital Supply Chain Career Map developed by Deakin’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) showcases more than 150 supply chain roles in 18 sectors, linking jobs to qualifications (from certificate 4 to Master’s degree), years of experience, and indicative salary (30 October 2020).  More...

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Export Market Development Grants Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 [provisions]
Status: Accepting Submissions Date Referred: 08 October 2020  Submissions Close: 18 October 2020
Reporting Date: 04 November 2020

ATSB:  Applications now open for graduate certificate in transport safety investigation
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau 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 November 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 2020 November intake.  More...

HVNL review consultation regulation impact statement 2020
Comments now due 09 November 2020
The consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) includes over 40 reform options to improve the HVNL.  More...

NTC reminder: Australian code for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail (edition 7.7)
The Code can be used from 1 October 2020 and is compulsory from 1 October 2021. Until then, either the Code edition 7.6or the Code edition 7.7can be used. The Code is an important technical resource to help Australia’s transport and logistics industry to operate safely when carrying dangerous goods
Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (Edition 7.7)
See also ADGC explanatory document: Key changes between edition 7.6 and 7.7

NTC discussion paper - A national in-service safety law for automated vehicles
We are developing and assessing options to assure the safe operation of automated vehicles while they are in service. The NTC will accept submissions until 11 December 2020.  More...

AMSA: Marine incident data helping to improve maritime safety
20 October 2020 - We have released the annual report of marine incidents reported from regulated Australian and foreign flagged vessels in Australian waters. It includes an analysis of reported marine incidents during 2016 to 2019, with a focus on 2019 data. The information from the report is used to support and implement safety.  More...

AMSA safety alert— Float-free EPIRBs—New requirements commencing 1 January 2021
20 October 2020 - This safety alert aims to raise awareness of the need for owners, operators, masters and crew of certain domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) to install a float-free emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) before 1 January 2021.  More...

AMSA Marine Notice 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 31January 2021.   More...

AMSA: Domestic commercial vessel (DCV) safety alert
If you are currently operating under an exemption that expired 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...

AWA: Exposure draft export control rules 2020 consultation
The department has commenced public consultation on seven of the commodity specific Exposure Draft Export Control Rules 2020 (draft rules). Deputy Secretary Agricultural Trade Group, David Hazlehurst, said the consultation was another opportunity for our export industries and trading partners to provide further input into the draft rules. The new legislative framework will commence on 28 March 2021.  More...

DAWE Import Industry Advice Notices – 28 October
180-2020 - Notice of Mandatory offshore methyl bromide fumigation for imported fresh leaves and root vegetables from Fiji
181-2020 - Inclusion of onshore sulfuryl fluoride treatment for goods subject to BMSB seasonal measures onto AEPCOMM

DAWE Import Industry Advice Notices – 21 October 2020
179-2020 - Bulk cabotage cargo of fertiliser, grain and stockfeed 

ABF Customs Notices – 28 October
2020-41 - Request to load and remove goods other than cargo

Live animal exports advisory notices 2020
2020-25  - ESCAS Auditing Requirements - Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) (28 October 2020)
2020-23 - Notification of changes to ASEL 3.0 – cattle by sea and all livestock by air (27 October 2020)




Export Control (Sheepmeat and Goatmeat Export to the European Union Tariff Rate Quotas) Amendment (Brexit Transition Period) Order 2020
23/10/2020 - This instrument amends the Export Control (Sheepmeat and Goatmeat Export to the European Union Tariff Rate Quotas) Order 2019 to adjust the tariff rate quota (TRQ) administration to cater for the United Kingdom (UK) ending its Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 and the consequential requirement to create separate TRQs for each of the European Union (EU) and the UK for sheepmeat and goatmeat, and make other consequential amendments.


Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments
Biosecurity Order (Permitted Activities) Amendment Order 2020 (No. 2) (2020-639) — published LW 30 October 2020

Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament – 19 October  2020
Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

Bills assented to
Road Transport Amendment (Digital Licensing) Act 2020 No 27 — Assented to 19 October 2020
Transport Administration Amendment (Closures of Railway Lines in Northern Rivers) Act 2020 No 28 — Assented to 19 October 2020
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 No 30 — Assented to 27 October 2020
Road Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2020 No 33 — Assented to 27 October 2020
For the full text of Bills, and details on the passage of Bills, see Bills.


Subordinate legislation
Transport Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation (No 2) 2020 (Qld)
This Regulation is made under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, Rail Safety National Law (Queensland) Act 2017, Transport Infrastructure Act 1994, Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994. The policy objectives of the Regulation are to provide financial relief to commercial operators in state-managed boat harbours and provide a framework that will enable exemptions from requirements about certain marine authorities. The Regulation will also extend the expiry of a transitional regulation that preserves certain Queensland-specific definitions under national rail safety legislation. Note: This regulation expires on 31 December 2020



Road Safety Amendment (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2019 (Vic)
Date of second reading speech: 16 October 2020
3D)Subsection (1)(bb), (bc), (h), (i) and (j) do not apply to a person whose blood or oral fluid contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol from a legal cannabis product

Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Vic)
Date of second reading speech: 28 October 2020
Part 3—Amendment of Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 2013 66 New section 9A substituted
Part 6—Amendment of Road Safety Act 1989 - Division 2—National Heavy Vehicle Regulator amendments

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