Larger loads can be trucked within a 15km radius of the Port of Townsville following the introduction of a Mass Import Management Scheme (MIMS).
The MIMS offers a mass concession for transportation of containerised freight from the Port of Townsville; providing permits for containers to be transported to facilities where the load can be redistributed to achieve regulation masses.
Port of Townsville general manager trade and property Claudia Brumme-Smith said this would improve trucking efficiencies by allowing greater loads to be moved on a single vehicle – reducing traffic movements to and from the port.
“One of our key focuses at the moment is to grow container trade through Townsville, so the introduction of the MIMS is a boost to that growth strategy. The MIMS allows the transport of heavier container cargo directly to the distribution centres, refineries and manufacturing businesses in Stuart, the city and the Bohle,” she said.
Bob Barnes from Nortrans Heavy Carriers and Trucking Services in Townsville said approving heavier container loads per truck would be a huge benefit not only for his business and customers but for the region in general.
“At the moment 10 per cent of our containers from the Port of Townsville are overweight which means we are required to split the cargo onto two trucks,” Mr Barnes said.
“The introduction of the MIMS means we can now handle this cargo on one truck, which is an excellent gain in efficiency for our business.”
He said the MIMS meant port customers and stevedores that used prime mover semi-trailer combination trucks to transport containers in and out of the Townsville port could carry an additional 3.4 tonnes applied to the gross mass of the vehicle. B-double combinations would be allowed up to an additional 6.8 tonnes (applied to the gross mass).
Queensland Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey described the move as an excellent outcome for freight productivity, particularly given the Port of Townsville’s expansion project.
“Just last week, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the $55 million upgrade of Berth 4 at the Port of Townsville will be fast-tracked under the Queensland Government’s Accelerated Works Program,” Mr Bailey said.
“To be able to reduce the number of traffic movements to and from the Port during this expansion project is a significant achievement.
“It’s this kind of innovation that will continue to drive the growth of the Port of Townsville, and heavy vehicle industry.”
Information for transport operators – supplied by the Department of Transport and Main Roads
Operators under the scheme must have a current MIMS permit issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
For enforcement and monitoring purposes, a copy of the permit must be carried and produced if requested by an authorised officer.
Operators under the scheme must be Mass Management accredited, as specified under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS). More information about NHVAS and applying for accreditation is available on the NHVR website at www.nrvr.gov.au
Drivers/operators are required to obtain and carry a complying container weight declaration when transporting freight containers.
Drivers/operators of the vehicle combinations operating under this scheme must ensure the laden mass of the combination complies with the gross and axle masses detailed in the MIMS permit.
Drivers/operators should always validate the vehicles operating mass.