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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Everything vessels, vehicles and gear

During these unprecedented times, we’re giving you weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting everything to do with vessels, vehicles and gear.

In this week’s edition we outline:

  • The successful call from transport industry bodies to extend the instant asset write-off;
  • The federal government’s HomeBuilder package to stimulate the construction industry;
  • Reports of seafarers being refused medical treatment as they’re trapped at sea;
  • The three most common mistakes in work diaries revealed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator;
  • Logistics platform Containerchain’s decision to keep its extended payment terms throughout June; and
  • A new study commissioned by the Port of Melbourne and Victorian Government.


  • Our partners at the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) have successfully lobbied the federal government to extend the increased instant asset write-off (ISWO) from its current end date, 30th June, to the end of the year.  The organisations noted that the increased write-off had enabled trucking businesses to support the industry’s suppliers and invest in new equipment such as trailers.  However, they acknowledged that many businesses have not been able to use the write off as they needed to focus on staying in business, or could not have equipment built to their specifications in time.  Read more.
  • The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has revealed the three most common mistakes officers find in work diaries that could result in infringement notices for transport operators.  For many drivers, work diaries are a legislated requirement to ensure fatigue is being managed.  This is important information to share with your transport clients!  Read more.
  • The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has called on Australia’s governments to rule out a public service proposal to tax trucks and benefit the rail system as a way of decarbonising the road transport network.  The plans are outlined in an Austroads issues paper.  The ATA has said that the trucking industry is prepared to pay its share, but the report is proposing increasing taxes on small trucking businesses to benefit rail operators.  Read more.
  • The 2020 National Class 2 Road Train Notice commenced last week in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria, to improve cross-border travel and reduce the requirements for access permits.  This marks the first time Victoria has been part of the national road train notice, granting access to 36.5m A-doubles on a road network previously only accessible by permit.  Read more.

Marine and Cargo

  • Our friends at the Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) have successfully lobbied container logistics platform Containerchain to extend its payment terms for the month of June.  In March, Containerchain extended its payment terms to 21 days from 14 for a period of three months to assist Australian container transport operators struggling with cash flow during COVID-19.  Read more.
  • DP World has completed the early stages of integration with TradeLens, a blockchain-based digital container logistics platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk.  The collaboration will help accelerate the digitisation of global supply chains by giving greater visibility of container flows across multiple carriers.  DP World is aiming to connect all of its 82 marine and inland container terminals, as well as feeder companies and logistics divisions.  In 2019, the company’s terminals handled 71.2 million TEU containers.  Read more.
  • Cases of seafarers being denied medical care for conditions unrelated to COVID-19 have been reported to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).  During a recent webinar, the organisation also highlighted issues like getting prescribed medications to those trapped on vessels, as well as those with existing medical conditions that are now heightened by the length of time spent at sea.  The ICS has released updated guidelines containing recommendations for ports in dealing with ill seafarers.  Read more.
  • The Port of Melbourne has commissioned a study with support from the Department of Transport.  The Container Logistics Chain Study (CLCS) will look at the container supply chain, supporting industry and its future planning efforts to inform policy development and investment decision-making for the Port and the Victorian Government.  Read more.

Construction and Equipment

  • NTI has released a new blog outlining down hole items, such as drill heads, pumps and gyros, and their applications in industry.  The company’s National Strategic Underwriter for Mobile Plan and Equipment, Gary Woodhams, also outlines risks and exclusions associated with these items.  Read more.
  • The Morrison Government has announced its HomeBuilder package in an attempt to resuscitate the construction industry, and stimulate the economy.  The package will see home builders and renovators receive $25,000 cash grants from the Federal Government for home improvement or construction works.  It’s hoped the program will create more jobs in the residential construction sector as well as support thousands of other jobs in related industries such as property developers, construction material manufacturers and more.  Read more.



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