How Applied Logistics supports Antarctic research voyages

How Applied Logistics supports Antarctic research voyages

Applied Logistics assists both the University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University with deployments for marine research projects. These projects occur onboard CSIRO’s RV Investigator, which is also known as Australia’s Marine National Facility.

Space restrictions at University locations means that we are unable to use a traditional semi trailer based side loader. To overcome these restrictions, we partner with a local container transport company that has a rigid side loader truck.

UTS previously used a crane truck for this work, but health and safety was a factor in selecting Applied Logistics’ solution. Not only was this option safer, but it also provided increased protection for the scientific equipment inside the lab.

Due to the nature of mobilising for such voyages, we provide the research team with certainty that the container is available locally well ahead of deadline. We also provide certainty to the vessel operations team that the equipment will be dropped off and collected at the right time. This can be particularly complex as underhook operations are impacted by various factors.

The most fascinating voyage we have been part of was the Sabrina Seafloor Survey. In January 2017, the RV Investigator set sail for Antarctica on a voyage lasting 51 days. You can read about that here.

This mission involved collecting core samples and sea floor sediment samples. These samples needed to be treated with Gamma Irradiation in Brisbane as part of their import permit to Australia.

We were responsible for the underbond transportation of this material, under a Quaranitne Direction from Hobart to Brisbane for treatment. The material required special handling at 4 degrees Celsius. Once processed, we then arranged to return these to Canberra for analysis, study and preservation for future projects.

You can read more about this project on the below websites:

Voyage Blog:

Geoscience Australia News:

Geoscience Australia Seafloor Images:


Tasmanian Logistical Solutions

Tasmanian Logistical Solutions

Tasmania is a very special part of Australia. 12 hours by sea south of Melbourne lie the gateways of Burnie and Devonport. Often when people think of Tasmania, memories of pinot noir; cheese; beef, lamb; tourism and long summer evenings overcome the senses.

Whilst Tasmania’s international exports were recently valued at $3.436 billion for the year ending February 2018, this doesn’t include exports to mainland Australia.

Tasmania’s population sits around 520,000 – about 2.5 times smaller than the City of Brisbane.

Winery panorama in Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Applied Logistics’ experience in Tasmania:

Applied Logistics’ strong relationships in Tasmania allows us to support our clients moving to or from Tasmania; conduct business in Tasmania and, interestingly, undertake research trips.

Several universities from the mainland; the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia have called on Applied Logistics’ logistical support for their research voyages on the RV Investigator from Hobart. This includes managing the movement of scientific equipment and an offshore containerised laboratory.

We’ve also been responsible for the transportation of underbond transport of chilled sediment samples from Hobart to Brisbane for quarantine treatment. These samples were taken from the sea floor near Antarctica and will assist with climate research. We’ve then arranged to return these to Canberra for analysis and study. If you want to hear more about this project, read our article “How Applied Logistics supports Antarctic research voyages

Tasmanian rail bridge

We’ve arranged all types of freight into and out of all parts of Tasmania. Containers; vehicles; general freight; express freight; air freight; parcels; refrigerated freight and timber. We have accounts with Toll ANL Shipping and TasRail, and access to the new international shipping lines calling in Bell Bay and Hobart.

Services frequencies and transit times across the Bass Strait

Four RORO cargo ships operate between Melbourne and the Tasmania ports of Burnie and Devonport, alongside the two Spirit of Tasmania vessels. These operate alternate north and southbound sailings. Departure is Monday – Saturday evenings with the journey taking 12 hours. All types of cargo are accepted, although there are restrictions on some types as well as Quarantine clearance processes.

This means that express freight ex Melbourne can arrive next day into any location in Tasmania, or two days from Sydney and three days from Brisbane. Obviously these timeframes are tight – with freight needing to be collected before lunch. General and economy freight options typically take 3-4 days from Melbourne and a week from Sydney and Brisbane.

TasRail operate trains direct from the wharf in Burnie, with overnight departures to Hobart for containers running Monday to Saturday.

How can we help you?

Regardless of what type of logistical challenge you face, we are passionate about helping you succeed. Big or small; one off jobs or ongoing work, we have the right solution for you. If you have work on in Tasmania, get in touch – we can talk you through all of the options and provide professional advice on logistical risk management.

We are here to help, so don’t leave it to chance!

Business freight – how do you get the best value?

Business freight – how do you get the best value?

In today’s economy every dollar matters. Potential customers are seeking quotes from an increasing number of potential suppliers. Due to employees having more time spare, they are becoming more organised. This is enabling them to consider purchasing from further afield than they have in the past.

This is good news for many businesses – suddenly there are a whole lot more potential customers on the other side of the country that are seeking them out in the hope that they can reduce their costs.

The problem for many of these potential suppliers is that they don’t have economical transport options to all locations. Many national carriers will only offer rates on certain lanes – between city pairs that you have a trading history. This means if you send reasonable quantities of freight from Melbourne to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, but not Townsville, you will pay “schedule rates”. Schedule rates could be two to three times more than the market rate…

What all of this means for many small to medium sized businesses is that it is hard to compete when you are approached by potential customers in new locations. This isn’t just a problem when they require a price for your products delivered, but also if your potential customer doesn’t have good transport rates from your location to theirs.

Our recommendation is when quoting on these jobs, include a separate freight component. Your customer need not feel obliged to accept your freight option, but it might make the difference between a confirmed order and just a quote.

For all straight forward quote requests, you can expect a response within one hour. Our standard economy service provides very sharp rates by taking advantage of our industry knowledge, efficient transport networks and strict management of costs.

When you partner with Applied Logistics, you are teaming with a professional freight forwarder who is able to cover all of the bases. Whilst our economy option benefits from the luxury of flexibility in terms of transit time, we also have good rates available on general and express shipments when your customer requires your product quickly.

The great news is that we can offer a premium freight solution if the order is urgent. For a premium on our express rates, we are able to ensure that we do everything Loading Semi Trailerwithin our power to ensure that your goods travel as quickly as is physically possible. We can get your freight collected after cut off. We can get your freight loaded onto a truck that is already full. We can ensure that the truck to your destination doesn’t leave until your freight is loaded, we can ensure that if the truck is late into your destination, your freight will still be delivered. We can even arrange for a dedicated vehicle to deliver your freight metro or regional locations. You haven’t experienced customer service until you have taken advantage of our premium freight solution!

The other brilliant solution that we offer is air freight. This service is particularly good for when you have small, but urgent orders, or your customer needs replacement parts or consumables to keep their business running. We can offer next flight and sameday services, as well as overnight services. By being able to assist your clients in their time of need, you are giving them reasons to be loyal.

Feel free to call and discuss with us about how partnering with us could resolve barriers to growth in your business.

Roll on roll off (RORO) shipping in Australia

Roll on roll off (RORO) shipping in Australia

RORO (roll on roll off) shipping is a very efficient way of moving trucks, busses, plant and oversize items between major cities in Australia.

These ships are effectively floating multi-story car parks and are about as pretty as one. However, they are extremely efficient and are only a few days slower than heavy haulage.

We are not limited to moving vehicles or trailers either. We can accept static plant, crates, pipes, boats and aircraft.

Static items can be loaded onto large trailers, called MAFIs, or run onto the ship by forklift.

We’ve moved everything from busses, large elevated work platforms, containers, trucks to laboratories via RORO.

Regularly serviced cities include:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Burnie
  • Darwin
  • Devonport
  • Fremantle
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Our services are available as door to door and port to port. We will take care of the whole process; including Quarantine requirements in WA and Tasmania.

If you have a one-off oversize shipment, or regularly move large vehicles, let us know how we can help.


How Air Freight can work for you

How Air Freight can work for you

How Applied Logistics utilises Air Freight to keep power stations operating:

As a specialist domestic air freight forwarder, the team at Applied Logistics is regularly called upon by our clients to solve their urgent challenges.

Sometimes, these challenges are a deadline on the other side of the country, while other times it’s about having the insurance of knowing the product will arrive with plenty of time to spare.

Other times, our clients need to be quickly mobilised to get plant up and running with as little down time as possible.

Two of our clients work in the non-destructive testing (NDT) field. They use a variety of scanners to locate cracks or pin holes in pipes, so that repairs can be made. Quick identification of these failures is key to getting power stations back online; LNG plants back operating safely, and water reconnected to homes.

Our network allows us to place cargo on almost every passenger and freighter flight in Australia. Our limitations are size and weight. Widebody, freighter and Jetstar’s A320 aircraft have containers, which means we aren’t limited to what baggage handlers can safely handle – which is 50kgs.

Generally, we can get up to 50kgs per item on every flight, crates up to 1.50m high on widebody passenger aircraft and up to 2.0m high on freighter aircraft.

Jetstar flights can handle pallets up to 900kgs at 1.50 x 1.50 x 1.00m high. Virgin and Qantas’ passenger aircraft between the East Coast and Perth Crates up to 1.50m high can be accepted on and up to 2.0m high on freighter aircraft.

Sometimes it’s most convenient for our clients to collect their shipment from the nearest airport. On other occasions, it can be better to have this flown into another airport for transport to site. Sometimes, it’s imperative that we supply a hot shot delivery service to whisk your equipment to site in the early hours.

We monitor all flights and will provide updates in the event of delays. At any point in the journey, we can upgrade the service to bring things back ontrack.

Once, we provided charter boat and helicopter solutions to our client mobilising to an offshore facility.

Our customers rely on us to provide the best advice and options to ensure that mobilisation does not prolong down time. We communicate the different levels of service and provide guidance based on our customer’s required delivery time.

Time is money, but sometimes a slightly delayed service can rescue a budget.

Call us to discuss your logistical challenge, and how we can provide solutions that fit your budget.