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Posts from the ‘Freight’ Category

Senate estimates reveal Albury line requires a multi-million dollar fix up to accommodate inland rail

The Border Mail, 28 February 2017
The Department of Infrastructure has conceded there will be a “considerable cost” to improve the Albury line if it is to cope with a new inland rail route. Appearing before Senate estimates in Canberra this week, the department’s secretary Mike Mrdak gave the first indication of work needed on a rail line not up to scratch.
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Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

The Conversation, 16 February 2017
The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perth’s southern suburbs. They have joined a very active campaign, adding substance to the passion of community activists.
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First freight train from China arrives in London

T&L News, 19 January 2017
The first container train travelling between China and the UK has arrived at the DB Cargo UK terminal at the London Eurohub in Barking. The train is operated by the InterRail Group, a multinational transport operator headquartered in Switzerland, on behalf of China Railway subsidiary CRIMT (China Railway International Multimodal Transport). Various freight railways handle traction along the 12,000 kilometre route; DB Cargo is responsible for the section from Duisburg to London via the Channel Tunnel.
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Criminal cartel charges laid against K-Line

T&L News, 17 November 2016
Criminal charges have been laid against Japanese-based company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) in relation to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of cars, trucks, and buses to Australia between July 2009 and September 2012. The matter was before the Downing Centre Local Court [Sydney] for a first mention on 15 November 2016.

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Shipping industry criticised for failure to reach carbon emissions deal

The Guardian, 29 October 2016
The world’s leading shipping organisation has been condemned by environmental campaigners and MEPs for its failure to urgently tackle the industry’s impact on climate change, after it agreed only to a partial reduction in harmful emissions from ships.
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Queensland gets breakthrough 747-8F service for new country airport

Crikey, 13 October 2016
It’s quite a sight in Queensland’s Darling Downs when a 747-8 Freighter turns up at a rural airport, and from next month it will happen weekly.
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That sinking feeling: Why the bankruptcy of shipping giant Hanjin has so many companies worried

Salon, 12 September 2016
As South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. sank into bankruptcy, the global transport industry has been thrown into disarray. The immediate effects have rankled U.S. retailers, which are waiting for their holiday season merchandise, as well as the many exporters anticipating higher shipping fees. The problem that torpedoed Hanjin, the world’s seventh-largest container shipper, and that imperils the rest of the industry is that it was too bullish and built too fast. Now it’s at the mercy of a supply and demand imbalance — too many ships, not enough cargo.
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Modelling for major road projects is at odds with driver behaviour

The Conversation, 15 August 2016
Transport modelling for major road projects like Sydney’s WestConnex and Melbourne’s Western Distributor is at odds with what is known about motorists’ behaviour. A big part of the benefits claimed for new major roads in Australian cities is travel time savings. Evidence shows, however, that instead of saving travel time, these roads encourage us to travel further and often increase car dependency.

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Will hybrid technology revolutionise the trucking industry?

TandL News, 20 July 2016
Hybrid truck technology from the French transport technology company Adgero could help Australian road transport operators cut fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent and radically reduce the trucking industry’s carbon footprint, the company has claimed. Adgero has developed what it calls the world’s first operational Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road transport to boost efficiency through fuel savings, extra power and reduced emissions for truck fleets.

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Why German trains don’t run on time any more

The Guardian, 11 June 2016
As the fireworks flew and the brass band played at the recent opening of the 57km-long Gotthard Tunnel under the Swiss Alps, Angela Merkel, who was on the first train to pass through it, could not resist the remark: “This is something we Germans still need to work on a little”. The project was not only completed on time and within budget, she noted with admiration, but it will shave the best part of an hour off the regular journey time between Zurich and Lugano.
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