In the media

NHVR requests feedback on livestock supply chain safety The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is calling for submissions on future safety reforms across the livestock supply chain (06 March 2020). More...

WHO issues guidelines for COVID-19 control on board vessels The World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidelines to avoid or manage an outbreak of coronavirus on board ships. The recently-released guide calls on shipowners to provide crew with guidance so they can recognize signs and symptoms of the virus (04 March 2020). More...

More than a tonne of MDMA hidden in Sydney shipping container seized by police More than a tonne of MDMA powder has been seized by police after it was disguised as construction glue in a shipping container from South Korea. The seizure is one of the largest in Australian history, and if pressed into pills the 1,053 kilograms of powder could have produced more than three million tablets (04 March 2020). More...

‘Corridor of commerce’ completed, set to divert heavy vehicles A new bypass finished ahead of schedule along the New England Highway in Scone, NSW will increase safety and efficiencies for commercial vehicles while moving them away from the town centre according to the Federal Government (03 March 2020). More...

NHVR seeks insight into industry safety management How does the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain tackle safety? The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) aims to learn more with its latest survey (02 March 2020). More...

Operation crossway targets dock safety – Portland The purpose of the operation was to ensure heavy vehicle operators and associated companies are complying with the relevant road safety legislation, as well as ensuring the safety and security of the dock precinct was maintained through a range of cargo checks (28 February 2020). More...

Deepwater ports an Australian infrastructure priority Infrastructure Australia has announced its Priority List for 2020 which includes the development of deepwater container port facilities. Australia’s independent infrastructure adviser noted the need for “a network of deep water ports” along the East Coast to accommodate large ships that are currently unable to visit due to port constraints, as a “priority initiative.” (27 February 2020). More...

HVIA budget submission calls for bonus investment allowance A bonus investment allowance in the forthcoming budget would incentivise capital investment on heavy vehicle factory equipment and for operators purchasing trucks and trailers. HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says that the incentives should be applied in the 2020-21 budget and would be applicable to all capital purchases depreciable under current tax law (26 February 2020). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Transport is letting Australia down in the race to cut emissions Philip Laird, Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Wollongong: 02 March 2020 Transport emissions have gone up 64 per cent since 1990. That’s the largest percentage increase of any sector. Transport sector emissions include the direct burning of fuels for road, rail, domestic aviation and domestic shipping, but exclude electricity for electric trains. Increasing transport emissions are a result of long-standing government policies on both sides of politics. More...

Collision between bulk carrier Accolade II and fishing vessel Sand Groper, Off Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 29 February 2020 Investigation number: MO-2020-001; 29 February 2020 The ATSB is investigating a collision between the bulk carrier Accolade II and fishing vessel Sand Groper off Port Adelaide on 29 February 2020. Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken. More...

Collision of passenger train TD 6591 with buffer stop, Newport siding, Victoria, on 25 February 2019 Investigation number: RO-2019-006; 27 February 2020 This investigation highlights the importance of train safety systems to protect against driver error and incapacitation. In addition, drivers should maintain their health and fitness for work to reduce the likelihood of driver incapacitation, including adequate nutrition and hydration as well as consideration of the potential impact of fatigue. More...

Practice and Regulation

NHVR: Survey seeks insight into industry’s safety management The NHVR has released a survey into how the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain is tackling their safety responsibilities. Operators can complete the survey until 31 March (02 March 2020). More...

AMSA: Seafarer welfare during COVID-19 outbreak This includes the ability of seafarers to be repatriated home at the end of their service or to join a ship at a foreign port. The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) has strict controls on service periods at sea and seafarers’ rights to repatriation. The Tokyo MOU has guidelines for shipping companies which will be available online. Australian published guidance for maritime workers, including pilots, on Australia’s border requirements is available at Department of Home Affairs, Department of Health and Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

AMSA fatigue guidelines: Managing and reducing the risk of fatigue at sea Fatigue can have serious consequences for the safety and health of seafarers, operational safety and the marine environment. The new fatigue guidelines are based on the International Maritime Organization Guidelines on Fatigue (MSC.1/Circ. 1598.) and are aimed at regulated Australian and foreign flagged vessels (04 March 2020). More...

AMSA: 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 (28 February 2020). More...

AMSA: New 'Stow it, don’t throw it' sticker is now available Contact your local marina, boat harbour, port or terminal office to find out what waste collection and disposal facilities are available.Don’t forget to report any marine pollution incident to help minimise damage to the environment. If you witness a vessel or seafarer polluting, or see pollution in the marine environment that you think might be from a vessel, you can make a general marine pollution report. You can also order a free sticker for your vessel (26 February 2020).

AFIF update COVID-19 There are yet to be trade impacts in newly acquired significant outbreaks of Covid-19 in Korea & Italy.

Australia impacts - Impact at the Australian border AFIF has been in contact with ABF and we are advised there is no border and biosecurity restrictions on imported cargo at the Australian border. Exports continue, although members should first confirm with their customer and their overseas offices and agents the goods are ‘OK to Send’. More...

Movement of goods under customs control – consolidating movements of under bond goods between CTOs and 77G Bonded Warehouses Following months of discussions with ABF in the Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group, we are pleased to advise the Department has issued a Compliance Notice confirming the arrangements.

AFIF: Movement and storage of underbond goods (extract) The ABF recognises that there may be instances where, due to circumstances beyond an owner’s or agent’s control, it is not possible to complete an approved underbond movement in a single direct movement. The ABF may take into account factors such as route planning when determining whether a movement was reasonable. More...

AMSA consultation Feedback on draft Marine Order 58 (Safe management of vessels) reissued Order 2020. Closing date 06 March 2020. More...

Patrick terminals – landside access & terminal ancillary charges: Effective from 9 March 2020 Patrick have announced increases to various Landside Access and Terminal Fees, effective 9 March 2020. The Landside charge will be applied to both road and rail transport operators for all full container movements, both import and export, made at the Terminals. In addition, Patrick has adjusted its other Terminal Ancillary charges. The latest Landside and Terminal Ancillary Tariffs have been published on Patrick’s website.

HVIA ADR 38/05 – Trailer brake certification HVIA reminds members that brake calculations required for trailer IPAs or additional testing, must be submitted and approved by the 30th April 2020. More...

Senate: Consultations Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry Status: Submissions closed. Date Referred: 11 September 2019. Next Hearing: 16 March 2020. Reporting Date: 14 October 2020

NHVR Consultation: Draft Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025 (HVPP) The HVPP offers a pathway forward to meet the ambitions of government and the heavy vehicle industry and will be further informed through this next phase of consultation. Submissions close on 13 March 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

Cases

Wollongong Coal Limited v PCL (Shipping) Pte Ltd [2020] NSWSC 184SHIPPING – carriage of goods by sea – bills of lading – where bills of lading provided “freight payable per charter party” – where time charterer took assignment from vessel owner of rights under the bills of lading – whether assignee from vessel owner entitled to recover freight from shipper – where bill of lading cancelled and fresh bills issued

Legislation

Regulations

Queensland Subordinate legislation as made No 18 Proclamation No. 1—Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (commencing certain provisions) Fix 28 February 2020 for the commencement of part 3 of the Act, other than sections 10 and 11. No 19 Heavy Vehicle National Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020 This Regulation is made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (HVNL). The HVNL regulates matters about the operation of heavy vehicles, such as their mass and dimensions, vehicle safety standards, the work and rest hours of heavy vehicle drivers and other measures to manage fatigue, heavy vehicle accreditation, speed compliance and the use of intelligent transport systems. In accordance with section 730 of the HVNL, this Regulation which makes a range of minor amendments to the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation, and the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.