Transport and logistics company Northline have won a major contract with Rio Tinto that will see it transport more than 5000 tonnes of freight annually to the miner’s Alcan Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland.
The freight contract, which covers a diverse range of products from printer cartridges to large pieces of earthmoving machinery, will be transported from Northline’s Cairns depot to the mine site by a local barge contractor.
“This new contract will utilise our full distribution network through which we’re able to offer economies of scale and apply technologies to reduce costs and increase productivity for Rio Tinto,” Northline chief Craige Whitton said
“Northline now operates a network of 12 strategically located depots in six states with a strong presence in northern Australia including two depots in North Queensland, four in the Northern Territory and one in North Western Australia.”
The company said Rio will use its trace and track system to monitor the freight 24 hours a day.
Northline is celebrating 30 years in the logistics sector this year, and says it is committed to growing as on of Australia’s largest privately-owned logistics operations.
The industry is going through significant structural change and we see that as an opportunity for us,” Whitton said.
“We have a modern fleet, we have harnessed technology for efficiency and safety at every opportunity and our team is firmly focussed on customer service and achieving business excellence.”