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The Bulk Liquids Industry Association Inc. is the national association of companies and organisations involved in the movement of bulk liquids between ship and shore. The representation also includes land-side logistic suppliers and end users.

The Bulk Liquids Industry Association was granted Incorporation in the state of New South Wales effective from 27 March 2007 and became known as Bulk Liquids Industry Association Incorporated Inc. 9887237

The association is administered by a Committee of Management elected by members at the Annual General Meeting.

The  Executive elected at the 2016 Annual General Meeting were: –

PRESIDENT………Gordon Lasker General Manager Stolt-Nielsen

VICE PRESIDENT….Greg Croaker Business Manager Quality Logistic Services Australia [QLSA]

  • Greg also heads up the Operations sub committee

TREASURER…………………… Allan Whale FBT Transwest

  • Allan also heads up the Membership sub committee

PUBLIC OFFICER….Shayne Johnson  General Manager Western Containers

SECRETARY……… Michael Halley [Michael B Halley]



  • The next meeting in  Sydney will be held on Thursday 24 November 2016.
  •  Place and guest presenter yet to be determined.
  • A meeting will be arranged in Melbourne before end of 2016


At our meeting held in Sydney on 19 April 2016 we had two presenters speaking about aspects of the law.

More detail is shown in the About Us pages


A survey of members was made  so the Committee could gauge the needs and wants. Here is a summary of the advice received:-

BLIA_2014 Survey summary


  • After 20 years at Terminals Pty Ltd and 20 years at ICI/Orica Graham Tumblety decided to retire  effective Friday 23rd of October 2015. Ross Napier has taken Graham’s position.   Mobile 0447 119 694
  • Holman Fenwick Willan joined on 20 October 2015. Gavin Vallely is the contact person.
  • Shane Hobday retired from NSW Ports in December 2015
  • FBT Transwest has changed email addresses now Christian name
  • The delegate at  Dow Chemicals has changed from Wayne Dwyer to Christopher Kouloyan ANZ Country Logistics Leader.
  • Wayne Ashton is Bulk Liquids Berth Manager for NSW Ports.
  • Orica is now trading as IXOM Operations.


BLIA, Port of Melbourne Corporation [PoMC] and NSW Ports are cooperating in the projects organised by the Port Authorities for remedial and capital works on the berths that service the Bulk Liquids Industry.

The main thrust of BLIA is to ensure that the bulk liquid berths in both cities are not taken out of service at the same time.

In Melbourne the PoMC works are at No 1 Maribyrnong and Holden Dock. The latter is the berth handling petroleum and is not involved with chemicals and the like.

In Sydney the discrete Bulk Liquid Berths [BLB1 and BLB2] is where product for BLIA members is discharged.

Information about current status is contained in About Us page

No. 1 Maribyrnong Co-ordination Group is made up of Port and  representatives of three terminals that are BLIA members .

BLIA executive has formed an Operations Sub-committee that will be part of the port’s working groups.


BLIA and the Plastics and Chemicals Association [PACIA] on behalf of their members and the industries they represent contacted  the CEO of Port of Melbourne Corporation, the Premier and appropriate Ministers regarding extension of the leases at Coode Island.

The action led to a positive outcome. Further details are shown in the About Us pages.


Following a fatal crash in metropolitan Sydney involving a bulk liquid tanker where it was determined that the vehicle was un-roadworthy, the regulatory authorities grounded the fleet of the transport company involved.

National Bulk Tanker Association [NBTA] convened meetings of members and invited BLIA members to participate

See further details in ABOUT US pages.


The Victorian Government has announced the Lonsdale Consortium as the leaseholder for the Port of Melbourne. The lease, worth $9.7 billion, reflects strong bidder interest and the port’s value, as the biggest container and cargo port in the country.

The transition has been taking place and from 1 July 2016 when two entities will be established:-

  • PoMC will become the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM)
  • Port Manager (Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd, as the Trustee for the Port of Melbourne Unit Trust), and post transaction completion, the private Port Manager.


The various Port Authorities advise clients of variances to tariffs. BLIA Inc. also gets some advices and promulgates to members.

Port Authorities detail charges on their web sites which are listed on our Members Page .

Update 28 May 2016

PoMC 2016-17 Reference Tariff Schedule

Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) on 26 May 2016 released its 2016-17 Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS) which outlines the fees and charges which will apply from 1 July 2016.

As outlined in its Port of Melbourne Lease Information Paper released on 2 May 2016, the pricing documents outline in a transparent way the respective fees and charges to be applied for 2016-17 by:

  • PoMC and its successor organisation, the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM)
  • Port Manager (Port of Melbourne Operations Pty Ltd, as the Trustee for the Port of Melbourne Unit Trust), and post transaction completion, the private Port Manager.

PoMC has kept the overall increase in its fees and charges to 1.3% – less than half last year’s CPI adjustment. Further, after holding full export container charges at their 2014-15 rate last year, PoMC has reduced wharfage on this cargo type by 2.5% in the first of successive planned reductions of 2.5% each year to 2019-20. This will improve PoMC competitiveness in international and mainland containerised exports.

The 2016-17 pricing announcement builds on last year’s modest CPI increment and follows consultation with customers, key representative groups and cargo owners who cited supply chain cost pressures which PoMC considered in setting its pricing.

The fees and charges included in the Port Manager pricing document will be a schedule to the Victorian Government’s pricing order which will apply to Port Manager. The pricing order is expected to come into effect on 1 July 2016.

PoMC is confident the price adjustments represent a responsible approach to port pricing, particularly given capital expenditure of around $450 million on port infrastructure in the past two years.

A copy of both the PoMC (VPCM) and Port Manager 2016-17 pricing documents are available on PoMC website.


In response from a request from members a quarterly newsletter is produced and promulgated.

The newsletters contain information that is of general information to members. The  publication is targeted for the change of season.

Tapping In Spring 2016_

Tapping In Winter 2016_

Tapping In Autumn 2016

Tapping In Summer 2015 

Tapping In . Spring 2015

Tapping In Winter 2015 

Tapping In First edition