Transport & Logistics

AHG to raise $110m, buys more franchises

Automotive Holdings Group has announced plans to raise up to $110 million from investors and purchase two car yards on the east coast, on the same day it revealed an increase in full-year profit.

Austal JV wins $10m ferry contract

A recently established joint venture comprising local shipbuilder Austal has won a $10 million contract to build a ferry for a Chinese operator.

Sellers appointed Transport director general

The state government has appointed Richard Sellers to the role of director general of the Department of Transport, succeeding Reece Waldock who retired last month.

Warning to Uber moonlighters

Uber drivers using the service as a supplementary income should declare it to their primary employer, according to Minter Ellison partner Kathy Reid, after a driver who had worked during sick leave lost an unfair dismissal claim.

AHG announces new managing director

Automotive Holdings Group has announced an unusual 12-month leadership transition under which current managing director, Bronte Howson, will become special counsel, while also getting a special cash payout and potentially early vesting of long-term performance rights.

Contractors for East Perth station redevelopment

Construction contractor Laing O’Rourke and engineering firm AECOM have won a $25 million contract to upgrade the East Perth train station, which is expected to take on larger crowds when the new Perth Stadium opens next year.

More disappointment for WA car sales

Car sales in Western Australia remain stalled, according to the latest figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

New Qantas lounge at Karratha Airport

Australia’s largest airline is planning to build a new lounge at Karratha Airport that will be double the size of the present facility. 

Nalder gets digging in transport plan

A series of new rail and road tunnels, including a CBD train loop and a line from Stirling to Murdoch could be needed as Perth's population grows to 3.5 million, according to Transport Minister Dean Nalder, as he unveiled the state government's long term transport blueprint this morning.

MMA flags $140m impairment

Marine services company MMA Offshore has flagged a $140 million impairment in its upcoming FY16 results, with the majority of the charge attributed to its vessel fleet.

Quadrant backs St Ives home care plans

Motoring, travel, retirement and financial services group Royal Automobile Club of WA is understood to have sold part of its aged care homes services business to Sydney-based Quadrant Private Equity.

Charge change washes through Geraldton Port

Some users may have welcomed the removal of the port enhancement charge at Geraldton, but it may not be smooth sailing for all.

Premier opens new Perth Busport

Premier Colin Barnett has cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new $217 million underground Perth Busport, with services to begin this weekend.

Exports up at Pilbara Ports

A ramp-up of iron ore exports has lifted annual throughput at Port Hedland to a new record of 460.4 million tonnes, with the combined Pilbara Ports Authority tracking for a figure of 633.5mt per year.

Freight market bustles with disruption

Perth-based startup Bustle is aiming to simplify the process of doing business in the freight transportation industry via an online marketplace accessible through an app.

No uplift in car sales

End-of-financial-year bargain hunters provided a boost to new car sales in Western Australia last month, but it wasn’t enough to beat last year’s June 30 clearance sales.

Austal flags $121m earnings hit

Henderson-based ship builder Austal has flagged an earnings deficit of up to $121 million on the back of unexpected costs incurred in its $US4 billion contract with the US Navy.

Downer JV wins $512m trains contract

A joint venture between Downer and Canadian train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has won more work with the Public Transport Authority of WA, securing $512 million in contracts for both the supply of new trains and for maintenance services.

Leasing startups share a ride with Uber

New businesses are gearing up to supply drivers in the state’s ridesharing industry, with legalisation of services such as Uber due to start on July 1.

Echo Yachts builds on local expertise

Henderson-based superyacht builder Echo Yachts takes a different approach to most manufacturers – its workers have been told to slow down, and now they are setting records.

From oil boat to superyacht

The downturn in the oil and gas sector could create a growth opportunity for the local boat building industry, based on the conversion of workboats into luxury superyachts.