Transport & Logistics

Tigerair permanently ends all Aust-Bali flights

Tigerair Australia has permanently and immediately ended all flights between Australia and Bali, after failing to receive approvals from the Indonesian government.

$520m rail commitment welcomed

The Royal Automobile Club of WA and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA have both welcomed an election pledge by Premier Colin Barnett to spend $520 million upgrading a freight rail line between Thornlie and Cockburn to enable passenger service.

Exports up in Pilbara

December throughput was higher at the state’s major north-west ports, with the Pilbara Ports Authority reporting nearly 60.5 million tonnes of cargo passing over its docks in the month, up 12 per cent on the same time in 2015.

Feds firm on Roe 8 funds

The federal government will be sticking to its guns on the Roe 8 project, Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher affirmed today, saying the $1.2 billion committed by the Commonwealth to the project would not be reallocated.

Watco buys WA freight business

US-based transport group Watco Companies is seeking further acquisitions and growth opportunities in Western Australia, after buying a majority shareholding in Intermodal Group and winning a contract

McGowan to cancel Roe 8

The Roe 8 road project will be cancelled if the Labor Party wins the upcoming state election, opposition leader Mark McGowan said today, even though the government has already signed a contract for construction, with $236 million of funding to be re-allocated to three alternative roads.

Diverseco adds robotics arm

From a modest industrial building in Willetton, newly rebadged investment company Diverseco has built a substantial national business through a series of targeted acquisitions.

ACCC opposes WA Fifo alliance

The competition watchdog said today it planned to deny authorisation to a proposed partnership between Virgin Australia Holdings and Alliance Aviation Services because it would lessen competition in the West Australian market.

Austal in $22m contract win

Henderson-based shipbuilder Austal has won a $22 million contract for a high speed passenger catamaran to be used in Germany, but it will be built in the Philippines.

Roe 8 court battle fails

Environmental advocates have lost the latest High Court application to stop the extension of Roe Highway through Beeliar Wetlands.

Alliance wins Citic contract extension

Alliance Aviation Services has extended its contract for the provision of its services to Hong Kong-based CITIC Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron project in the Pilbara.

Car sales plunge, again

Western Australia experienced yet another horror month for new car sales, with the prospect of a last-minute turnaround to bring the year on par with 2015’s poor result looking very unlikely.

Fortescue names vessels after family

Fortescue Metals Group has recognised the family of chairman Andrew Forrest by naming four new very large ore carrier (VLOC) vessels after his wife and children.

Centurion buys McAleese haulage fleet

The transport and logistics subsidiary of Perth-based, family-owned CFC Group has acquired McAleese Group’s entire heavy haulage fleet for an undisclosed sum.

AHG has tough start to year

Automotive Holdings Group has reassured shareholders that its troubled refrigerated logistics business is on the mend, after releasing a trading update that showed lower profits.

Kapuddle, Busbee to cut commute congestion

Perth’s growing traffic congestion woes have prompted the development of two new apps, both designed to make old methods of commuting easier and get drivers out of their cars.

Councils to combine to press for outer harbour

Six south metropolitan councils are formalising a lobby group to push for development of an outer harbour near Kwinana as the March 2017 state election approaches.

Stuck to disrupt in roadside assistance

The creators of Northbridge-based startup Stuck are hoping to bring uberfication to roadside assistance, with a new app to be launched soon that will match local mechanics with stranded drivers at the push of a button.

Horror month for car sales

New car sales crashed in Western Australia last month, adding to a year of poor performance in the industry.

Emeco says merger on-track despite new proposal

Emeco Holdings has sought to reassure investors that its planned three-way tie-up with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers is progressing smoothly, despite news that one of the parties involved has received a takeover bid of its own.

Exports drive airport CEO's flight plan

Destination marketing, placemaking, exports, tourism and education are all part of a day’s work for the new boss at Perth Airport.