Hutchison Ports Australia

HLA Achieves Tough Rail Safety Accreditation

08th August, 2013

Hutchison Logistics Australia has achieved accreditation from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) in New South Wales to carry out railway operations from its Enfield Intermodal Terminal.

The IMT, located in metropolitan Sydney’s inner west, is due to start operations in 2014. It will offer importers and exporters a distribution and receiving facility with premium access to Port Botany international container terminals and the NSW State rail and road network.

NSW law requires rail transport operators to be accredited by ONRSR to demonstrate they have the competence, capacity and systems to manage the safety risks associated with railway operations.

HLA National Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager, Trevor Ballantyne, said:  “This is a significant milestone for HLA and an achievement for which all the Australian team can be proud.  The ONRSR accreditation is by far one of the most challenging safety accreditation processes in Australia, and considered among the most stringent in the world.”

The accreditation process required documented evidence that the Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) integrated HSEQ Management System appropriately addressed the scope of the HLA rail operations and comprehensively exemplified the 29 fundamental elements of a rail safety management system as set out in the National Rail Safety Guideline – Preparation of a Rail Safety Management System 2008 (NSW).

“That HLA achieved accreditation in just under six months from lodgement, well ahead of the industry benchmark and three months in advance of operational requirements, demonstrates the strength of our HSEQ management system,” Trevor said. “It illustrates the company’s commitment to providing a workplace that is healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable, while delivering efficient and effective services to our customers”

HLA General Manager Allan Flynn said: “This accreditation ensures that the necessary handover of Enfield from the construction Rail Infrastructure Manager to HLA will be smooth and efficient.  Gaining the accreditation is a major milestone for the company on the path to starting operations at our first intermodal terminal in Australia.”