Month: May 2010

We have been advised that Toll Express has signed an agreement to acquire Concord Park’s transport business and assets.

The Toll Group is one of the Asian regions leading providers of integrated logistics solutions with more than 35,000 people employed in 55 countries. Founded in 1888, Toll became a public company in 1993 and with 79 acquisitions since, has grown to become an Australian-owned global integrated logistics provider.

Toll Express is a market leader in the movement of palletised freight. Their comprehensive network of company owned branches, aling with the philosophy of customer partnerships, fits very well with the culture within Concord Park transport. Using Toll Express will give Concord Park customers access tot he complete range of Toll IT solutions, including web based track and trace, sign on glass capability and a range of web and PC based freight despatch systems.

We have been advised that your existing rates with Concord Park will be honoured.

Source: Toll

Congestion in Sydney is getting worse and it’s costing many businesses up to $10,000 each year, according to a survey of NRMA Businesswise members.

The survey of 382 Sydney BusinessWise members found that 82 per cent believed congestion had worsened over the last 12 months, two percentage points higher than NRMA’s last BusinessWise congestion survey in 2007 (80%).

The BusinessWise survey found 42 per cent of businesses have incurred additional costs as high as $10,000 as a result of congestion, of which 25 per cent had losses up to $5,000.

NRMA BusinessWise provides roadside assistance and support including fuel advice and discounts to more than 21,000 small to medium businesses in NSW and the ACT.

Over one-third (35%) of businesses surveyed have changed the way their business runs as a result of congestion, with 60 per cent changing shift times for staff to start late and finish earlier. Almost 10 per cent have moved the company outside the CBD.

The Businesswise congestion survey also found:

  • 75 per cent said their journey to work is now longer than 12 months ago
  • 67 per cent of businesses said fuel consumption had increased due to congestion
  • 39 per cent experienced a slowdown in productivity
  • 29 per cent experienced a decrease in staff punctuality
  • 10 per cent could not take on more work because of congestion

“From the F6 to the F3 and everywhere between there are countless examples of congestion causing massive delays and the state’s engine room – small businesses – are wearing the cost,” NRMA President Wendy Machin said.

Ms Machin said 75 per cent of businesses surveyed said roads would affect their vote in the next state election.

“The challenge is on for both the government and opposition to deliver solutions to help unclog Sydney’s streets.

“Our BusinessWise Members have made it clear that traffic congestion isn’t just an inconvenience, it is a major cost that is having a dramatic affect on business productivity.”

While large road projects are desperately needed in NSW the NRMA has also proposed a number of simple measures that could alleviate congestion, such as early warning signs for motorists and fixing merging lanes on motorways.

The Businesswise survey found very few businesses (14%) believed the NSW Government’s Transport Plan would improve congestion, with almost 80 per cent (78%) opposed to plans to increase vehicle registration costs to pay for Sydney’s public transport.

“Few people believe the government’s current plan to tackle congestion will work so both parties can go a long way to securing victory by showing they have real solutions to one of the state’s biggest problems,” Ms Machin said.

Source: T and L News

Latest information received indicates that the explosive activity from the Icelandic volcano continues with airspace in the south-east of the UK and in the Netherlands affected.

The areas of ash concentration are mainly at low levels and expected to disperse as south-westerly winds become established. There may be some continuing disruption to flights in the greater London area. Flight delays may be experienced as a result of congestion in airspace adjacent to closed areas.

Airport Updates:

UK: Four airports currently closed: Belfast City, Londonderry, Shetland and Orkney.
IE: Dublin, Donegal and Sligo airports have re-open.
BE: Ostend airport will re-open. Brussels and Liège will remain open until further notice with no changes expected at this time.
SE: All restrictions lifted in Swedish airspace.

Pending an ACCC investigation and approval process, Toll has confirmed the company is in discussions to buy the privately-owned Concord Park, an interstate transport firm.

Concord Park’s services include interstate transport from single pallets to B-double loads, metropolitan taxi trucks and permanent hire vehicles, and warehousing and distribution, with facilities in all capital cities.

Toll is understood to be intending to integrate Concord Park into its Toll Express business.

The ACCC is seeking public submissions on the acquisition, closing May 20, 2010

Iceland’s volcano continues to emit a dense plume of ash and there are no signs that the eruption is about to end.

The latest information received indicates the ash concentration is impacting southern and central Spain and Portugal including the Canary Islands and Madeira. The areas of high ash concentration on high altitudes in the middle of the North Atlantic is dispersing, easing the previously difficult situation affecting Trans Atlantic flights.

According to the latest forecasts, areas of higher ash concentration could move in a north-easterly direction cutting across the Iberian Peninsula and into south east France. These areas are of high altitude are not expected to impact airports.

The U.K Metrological Office and the U.K CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) have confirmed the effectiveness of the model used to determine the areas where ash concentration could be above engine tolerance levels. For that reason, a 60 nautical mile ‘Buffer Zone’ that had been initially added to the proposed no-fly zone is to be omitted.

Morocco: Several airports closed for most of the morning, including Casablanca and Rabat

Portugal:
Lisbon: Open but huge delays
Faro: Closed
PT Islands: Closed

Spain:
San Pablo: Closed since 06:00 (local time) this morning
Gran Carania: Reopened
The restrictions for planes flying between 20,000 ft (6,000 m) and 35,000 ft (10,500 m) are causing a reduction of 25 percent in capacity which is affecting Madrid and Barcelona airports.

Turkey:
Turkey imposed a four hour flight ban over the country’s north-west from 12:00 GMT however; the main Istanbul international airport remains open.

Information received from the Icelandic Meteorological Office last night confirmed that activity from the Icelandic volcano increased taking the ash plume to a height over 30,000 ft.

The latest advisories included a high-level ash to the west of the UK today and with winds likely to remain from the north-east into the weekend, the risk of the ash cloud affecting UK airspace in the next couple of days remains low.

Ireland: The Irish Aviation Authority has confirmed that restrictions have been lifted on all airports in the Republic of Ireland. Following a review of the information and charts from Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, the Authority expects airports to remain open until further notice.

United Kingdom: Airports across the U.K have reopened. The high density area of the volcanic ash cloud is now lying off the west of Ireland and as a result there are currently no restrictions within U.K airspace.

Services to Australia have not been affected at this stage.

Source: DHL Global

The latest information received from the Icelandic Meteorological Office shows that ash is still being emitted from the Icelandic volcano. This has resulted in an increase in ash over UK airspace. As a result, airports in Northern Ireland and Scotland have been affected. At present all Irish airports with the exception of Shannon, Cork, and Kerry, are restricted.

Forecasts indicate that this new ash cloud will gradually move away westwards from the UK during Wednesday night. This means that on Thursday ash concentrations over the whole of the UK should be below the new engine tolerance levels set by the aviation industry.

This has not resulted in any disruption to services to Australia at this stage.

Source: DHL Global

We have received advice from DP World that the Port Botany terminal was closed yesterday from 7am until 1pm and from 2pm until 4.30pm due to a gas odour in the terminal. Delays in loading and unloading containers are still being experienced.