Month: February 2011

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch released the below at 1800 last night (23rd February)

“An assessment of container assets is that wharves have held up well, but there are urgent minor works to be done. We are aiming to have limited operations available within 3-4 days. Our current best estimate to get back to our previous operation service levels prior to the 6.3 quake is in 10 days. .
We regret to advise that receival and delivery is currently suspended but expect to be operational within 24 hours.”

Road Transport – The Lyttelton tunnel is still closed (except for emergency vehicles) so access to the port will still be very limited at best.  At this stage our road transport carriers are hoping to be partially operational on Monday 28th.  Please note that the expected backlog at the Port along with the condition of the roads is expected to increase turnaround times.

Rail – Most lines are now open.

The Toll Group has acquired SAT Albatros (SAT), a Dubai-based sea-air forwarder.

“The acquisition of SAT will further cement Toll’s strategic position in the Middle East and in the Asia to Europe trade lane”, said Toll Group’s managing director Paul Little AO. (more…)

The first stage of a $30 million major rail freight terminal development is expected to  provide a critical boost to industrial development both in the north of Adelaide and for South Australia’s mining industry.

The rail freight terminal (RFT), which was opened on January 25 by South Australian Premier Mike Rann, has been developed by Australia’s largest privately-owned rail operator SCT Logistics on a 70 ha site in the heart of Greater Edinburgh Parks in the City of Playford. (more…)

Qantas will increase international fuel surcharges in response to rising oil and jet fuel prices, while Jetstar will adjust its ticket prices instead of a fuel levy. The changes will apply to tickets issued on or after 19 February.

Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce said oil and fuel prices had increased sharply in recent months. (more…)

Australian air Express (AaE) has been closely monitoring forecasts of Cyclone Yasi. Based on this information AaE has suspended all services in Far North Queensland, including Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. (more…)