Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Freight and Logistics Outfit to Barge in Major Mine Supply Contract

Remote Locations Becoming a Speciality for Northline
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – Adelaide based freight and logistics outfit Northline, has won a major contract with international mining group Rio Tinto. The contract will see Northline move more than 5,000 tonnes of supplies annually from around the country destined for Rio Tinto Alcan’s Weipa bauxite mine located on Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

The cargo will see a huge disparity of types and sizes to service all the needs of what is effectively a closed community, ranging from office supplies to giant earthmovers, and this will first be transported to Northline’s Cairns depot where it can then be shipped out to the mine site by a local barge contractor. The company’s track and trace system will be used to allow Rio Tinto to monitor its freight around the clock. Northline Chief Executive Officer, Craige Whitton, said:

“The contract with Rio Tinto marks a new era for Northline as it realises the potential of its national network to support the supply of freight to remote locations. [We] now operate a network of twelve strategically located depots in six states with a strong presence in northern Australia including two depots in North Queensland, four in the Northern Territory and one in North Western Australia.

“This new contract will utilise our full distribution network through which we’re able to offer economies of scale and apply technologies to reduce costs and increase productivity for Rio Tinto. The industry is going through significant structural change and we see that as an opportunity for us. We have a modern fleet, we have harnessed technology for efficiency and safety at every opportunity and our team is firmly focused on customer service and achieving business excellence.”

Photo: The bauxite mine at Weipa. Courtesy Rio Tinto.