Hunter industry wins logistics award

The Hunter Valley Coal Chain Logistics Team wins Smart Conference Award.

The Hunter coal industry has been honoured with an inaugural NSW Government award for excellence in supply chain innovation.

The ‘Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Innovation in NSW’ was presented to the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Logistics Team (HVCCLT) at the Smart Conference Awards at Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Friday.

“The Hunter Valley Coal Chain Logistics Team (HVCLT) is a very worthy winner of this inaugural award given its remarkable efforts to improve the efficiency of the Hunter Valley coal chain,” Minister for State Development Ian Macdonald said.

“The Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Innovation in NSW, sponsored by the Department of State and Regional Development (DSRD), recognises and encourages innovation excellence in our transport and logistics industry.

“The Hunter Valley coal chain is considered the world’s largest and most complex coal operation, and is responsible for some $15 billion in annual export revenue.

“The HVCCLT has proven that by working together with the aid of smart planning and technology, and treating the Hunter coal chain as a single system, significant improvements can be achieved.

“Streamlining this massive operation has involved intensive ‘end to end’ coal chain planning, scheduling and coordination encompassing some 1,000 kilometres of rail track, over 15,000 annual train deliveries, 35 coal mines, the berthing and loading of more than 1,100 export vessels (in 2008) and the handling of 80 different coal blends.”

Macdonald said the HVCCLT’s coordinated planning approach resulted in annual Hunter coal exports reaching 92 million tonnes in 2008, an eight per cent increase from 2007.

“In dollar terms, that success alone was worth over $1 billion to the local coal industry and the Australian economy,” Macdonald said.

“In late 2008, the coal chain achieved some significant milestones by delivering a new daily record when the coal chain railed and dispatched 343,801 tonnes of coal, surpassing the previous record of 328,329 tonnes which had been set only two weeks earlier.

“If annualised, the record would result in coal chain throughput in excess of 125 million tonnes.

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