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News in Brief – December 19th 2012

New MD for rail consultancy Interfleet Technology
International rail consultancy Interfleet Technology has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, following the retirement of incumbent MD David Rollin after almost 20 years at the helm.

New MD Richard George will take up the position at the end of February 2013, fresh from his recent role as Director of Transport at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOGOC), where he was responsible for the delivery of the hugely successful transport logistics associated with the Games.

Present MD David Rollin took up his position at Interfleet Technology in 1994 the management buy-out of the company from the former British Rail organisation following in 1996.

The company says Rollins’s time at Interfleet has enabled it to grow into an international industry frontrunner, which has amassed many achievements during his tenure. In handing the reins over to Richard, the company is confident that it is investing in someone who will carry on the great reputation that Interfleet has established worldwide.

The announcement comes a year on from the acquisition of the company by SNC-Lavalin, one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, operations and maintenance services, which has the potential to open new opportunities for Interfleet.

TasRail: Major customer contract announcement
In late November TasRail accomplished another milestone with the signing of a new, long term contract with one of its major customers, MMG Rosebery.

The new contract secures current rail freight volumes for up to ten years, and includes logistical support arrangements including bulk handling and storage, and direct ship loading at the Port of Burnie.

TasRail moved around 200,000 tonnes of mineral concentrates for MMG Rosebery last year, operating eight services a week between Primrose and Burnie.

The Rosebery mine has operated continuously since 1936 and produces zinc, lead and copper concentrate and gold. Concentrates are transported to the port of Burnie by rail where they are shipped in bulk carriers to smelters in Hobart, Port Pirie, and internationally.

Chair and board announced for the Moorebank Intermodal Company
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Senator Penny Wong have today announced the establishment of the Moorebank Intermodal Company and the appointment of the Chair and Directors to its Board.

The Moorebank Intermodal Company – which will be a government business enterprise – has been established to optimise private sector development of an open-access Intermodal Terminal (IMT) at Moorebank, in south western Sydney.

Moorebank Intermodal Company will act as landlord and manage tender processes for the design, construction and operations of the IMT, envisaged to commence mid- 2013.

The Government anticipates the Company will be operational from January 2013. Once the project is operating successfully and subject to market demands, the Government expects to fully privatise the facility.

Dr Kerry Schott – Chair Dr Schott has 15 years investment banking experience, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. Dr Schott is currently a: Director of NBN Co Limited Director of NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) and a member of the Infrastructure Australia Board, Whitlam Institute and State Contracts Control Board.

Directors&nbspMs Claire Filson has strong commercial and financial skills with extensive experience working with audit and risk committees. Ms Filson’s current affiliations are: Director of Port of Hastings Development Authority and Director of Victoria Pharmacy Authority.

  • The Hon Andrew Fraser is trained as a lawyer, and has experience in financial analysis and budgets. Mr Fraser is a former Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer.
  • Mr Stephen Williams’ experience includes CEO, Country Executive and Head of Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Australia (2008-October 2012).
  • Mr Ray Wilson is a Founding Principal and Director of Plenary Group, which is an international infrastructure business. His experience also includes Head of Infrastructure and Head of Debt Markets and Securitisation at Barclays Bank/ABN AMRO

RTSA Railway Engineering Awards – Call for nominations
The Railway Technical Society of Australia (RTSA) has put out a Call for nominations for three of its prestigious annual Railway Engineering Awards for 2013:

  • the 2013 RTSA Individual Award
  • the Young Railway Engineer Award and
  • the newly-introduced Graduate Engineer Award.

These three awards rely on the enthusiastic support of the rail industry and the RTSA looks forward to receiving a host of nominations by the time that applications close on Friday 22 February 2013.

For further details about these Awards, including copies of the nomination forms, please refer to the RTSA website&nbsp