About Us


The Bulk Liquids Industry Association Inc [BLIA] is the national association of companies and organisations involved in the movement of bulk liquids between ship and shore. The representation also includes landside 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

Statement of Purpose

  • To collectively represent the interests of companies engaged in the import, export or chartering, storage or shipping of bulk liquid cargoes in Australia on common issues.
  • To provide a forum and information exchange for member companies and industry in general.
  • To provide networking opportunities for member companies.

Service to Members:
On behalf of members BLIA will:

  • Liaise with relevant port authorities to improve the economics and efficiency of bulk liquids movements into and out of Australian ports
  •  Be an effective focal point and represent members’ interests relating to existing or proposed legislation, industrial agreements or awards.
  • Provide a fast response capability in the event of waterfront industrial action
  •  Provide a forum for industry debate on relevant matters


  •  In 1979, a major industrial dispute arose on the Sydney waterfront concerning the transfer of bulk liquids handling from Port Jackson to new receiving facilities at Port Botany.
  • At a meeting of companies associated with the import of bulk liquids, the Bulk Liquids Industry Association was formed and immediately addressed the problem.
  • The dispute was subsequently resolved and the founders perceived an ongoing need for an overarching industry group.
  • Since then other disputes have been overcome with minimal disruption to the industry; and BLIA is recognised as the voice of the bulk liquids industry on waterfront matters.
  • BLIA provides a forum for discussion where members can obtain advice and assistance in addressing industrial issues, such as labour disputes and port operations improvement.
  •   BLIA has and will continue to highlight inadequacies in proposed legislation and regulations to the appropriate authorities.

Since the smooth transition from Port Jackson to Port Botany for bulk liquids cargo handling, the BLIA has made significant contributions in other areas:

  •  A study commissioned in 1979 to survey members’ future liquids cargo handling requirements through Port Botany led to a recommendation for the immediate construction of a second berth, the cost of which would be justified by consequent savings of demurrage.
  •  The State Government subsequently delegated responsibility for the project to a consortium including the Maritime Services Board and major users of the proposed facility.
  • Changes to pricing policies of the ports of Sydney and Melbourne received BLIA scrutiny and input describing effects on all parties involved. Pricing policy continues as a discussion point between BLIA and the port authorities.
  • BLIA is acknowledged by government, industry, unions and other involved parties as the industry representative on all matters related to bulk liquid imports and exports. These, include but are not limited to industrial relations, transport and storage, health and safety, industrial waste disposal and environmental effects.
  • As a result of BLIA involvement congestion in Port Adelaide due to obsolete berthing facilities was alleviated.
  • Following the August 1991 fires at Coode Island in Melbourne, the State Government sought to relocate the facility to West Point Wilson. BLIA represented members’ interests in conjunction with the Australian Chemical Industry Council on the Coode Island Review panel and the Safer Chemical Storage Task Force.
  • BLIA had a continuing role in the development of a second bulk liquids berthing at Port Botany and will be involved in the commissioning of operations in October 2013.
  • BLIA liaised with Port of Melbourne Corporation about the Channel Deepening Project. The project which has long term beneficial outcomes for the Port Community is one that had some short term constraints on members operations.

Regular liaison with the relevant Maritime Authorities has resulted in a number of improvements including:

  • Removal of restrictions on night time navigation in both ports
  • Amendments to beam restrictions
  • Removal of some limitations on the simultaneous handling of hazardous cargoes
  • Major rejuvenation works at No 1 Maribyrnong Wharf
  • The Westgate Bridge Strengthening Project.
Much detailed information is contained in the following pages. To save the need to scroll through the whole section as from April 2016 the latest information will be posted after this table.


The Port of Melbourne advised on 17 November 2016

The November berth closure at Holden Dock successfully concluded yesterday, 16 November.

During this closure the contractor was able to complete a further 7 steel pile encasements, bringing the total completed to 21.

As the pile cleaning and measurement phase is now complete it has been confirmed that a total of 30 steel piles will require encasement.

Hence, it can now be confirmed that the remaining 9 encasements will be completed by the December berth closure, which is currently scheduled for 12 – 14 December.

Minor outstanding works, i.e. installation of pile wraps above the encasements and installation of any remaining anodes below the encasements will be completed during opportunistic days.

All minor outstanding works at No. 1 Maribyrnong have been completed and the Contractor has demobilised from site.

PoM is currently tendering the works for replacement of the two fire monitor towers at No. 1 Maribyrnong.  It is expected that site works will commence in early February 2017.

This will result in two further berth closures, one for each tower, the timing of which will be advised.

The Port of Melbourne advised on 26 September 2016

All major works at No. 1 Maribyrnong were completed in August, including:

  1. Concrete and reinforcement repairs to main wharf and fire monitor pedestals;
  2. Demolition and replacement of the mid approach access walkway including new pipework supports;
  3. Timber pile inspection and repairs; including replacement of broken piles and installation of protection wrapping;
  4. Steel pile inspection and patching; and installation of wrapping and cathodic protection anodes;
  5. Demolition and replacement of the northern fire monitor tower walkway;
  6. Recoating of handrails and bollards; and
  7. Full replacement of the under wharf deluge system in stainless steel.

Minor outstanding items, including 5 timber pile wraps and the installation of 20 short anodes, required as a result of variations in the seabed depth, will be undertaken during opportunistic windows in shipping and are expected to be completed in October. Hence, no further berth closures are required at No. 1 Maribyrnong

Future Berth Closures at Holden Dock:

As a result of the unforeseen steel pile protection works required, it is expected that the formal 3 day berth closures at Holden Dock will need to continue until at least December this year. It is expected that pile encasements can be installed at a rate of 6 piles per 3 day berth closure to enable plie cleaning, positioning of wrap and pouring of grout. These works require a 3 day closure and cannot be completed during a 1 or 2 day opportunistic window. PoMC will also endeavour to increase the number of dive crews during the 3 day berth closer to expedite the works.

Future Works at No. 1 Maribyrnong:

A heads up was provided on future works to replace the existing fire monitor towers at No. 1 Maribyrnong. The new towers will be higher to ensure larger ships can be catered for at the berth. This work is likely to require berth closuers in early 2017.

Update posted on 16 August 2016:

PoMC is pleased to provide Update No. 7 on the above project.


  • Demolition of the Old Pump House Structure completed.
  • Rock Revetment works at Old Pump House Structure completed.  With minor Shotcreting, upstream of wharf access bridge, scheduled during the August berth closer, all revetment works will be completed.
  • Concrete repair works to the New Pump House Structure, including steel pile and beam protection works at this location is completed.
  • Diving works are progressing with 95% of anodes installed on steel piles.
  • The original contract allowed for cleaning and thickness measurement of a 20% sample of steel piles.  As a number of the sample piles were found to require additional protection works, this scope will increase to include 100% of steel piles.  It is estimated that up to 40% of all steel piles will require pile protection wraps.  These works may require the 3 day berth closers at Holden Dock to extend into October and November.


  • Installation of anodes on steel piles is 100% completed.   The timber pile repairs (pile wraps and encasements) are 95% completed.
  • Demolition and replacement of the northern Fire Monitor Tower walkway is complete and the walkway is open to pedestrian access.
  • The under wharf deluge pipework upgrade is 98% completed.  Final completion and commissioning will occur during the August berth closure, prior to the existing under wharf deluge being removed.
  • Contractor will finalise site demobilisation during August.
  • All works expected to be completed on schedule by end September.

Access to both berths has been satisfactory, in addition to the 3 day monthly closure period, there continued to be a number of opportunistic days available for construction works, particularly at No. 1 Maribyrnong.


All parties in the road transport supply chain have specific obligations under the law to prevent a breach. It is called the CoR and it requires every responsible person in the supply chain to take positive steps to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, and fatigue and speed offences.

All those with responsibility for activities that affect compliance with road transport laws may be held legally accountable if they do not meet their obligations. CoR legislation recognises the effects of the actions, inactions and demands of off-road parties in the transport chain.

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

Lee Stringer Safe Load Program [SLP] Manager who is responsible  for the management and business strategy of the – SLP Joint Venture Company on behalf of BP Australia, Caltex Australia and Viva Energy Australia followed Mark Williams.

Mr Stringer explained in great detail how the Safe Load Program came about after the Australian Institute of Petroleum decided to quit management of the program that it had commenced to develop a loading scheme and driver accreditation program.

It took three years to develop the current program but industry players and the public can rest assured that trucks and drivers that gain entry to fuel terminals are fully accredited and constantly checked.

Vehicles are inspected at six monthly intervals and currently there are 3500 trucks in the system. Random inspections can also be carried out reinforcing the mandatory six monthly.

The message from SLP was “we inspect for what we expect”. Again topical for the day Lee Stringer advised the Work Safe Victoria has determined that “terminals are the consignees not the oil companies

Mark Williams of Sanmar Consulting Group covered the basic topic of Chain of Responsibly in the transport industry and some of the issues that face all players on a day to day basis.

The 30 plus year veteran in many aspects of transport presented to the Senate submission on Fatigue in the Transport Industry (Beyond the Midnight Oil – 1998)

Mark has a particular passion for understanding and dealing with workplace fatigue and its causes and continuously developing and improving workplace systems that will assist in the risk management and safety requirements of transport and logistics businesses

Sectionalised the address covered these subheadings.

  • State of The Road Transport Industry
  • Viability
  • Road Safety Remuneration Order
  • Competing objective
  • Chain of Responsibility
  • Am I a target?
  • The role of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
  • Compliance V’s Management of Risk
  • What is at stake?
  • Fatigue and other factors
  • What is it & what causes fatigue?

To obtain the Power Point presentation Click Here Sanmar presentation COR 19 April 2016

Information posted prior to April 2016


BLIA relayed the concerns of members about the excessive variances to port charges effective for 1 July 2010. These charges were determined by the Essential Services Commission on 4 May 2010 and promulgated by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

Then President Steve Stewart and Secretary Michael Halley, together with a number of members met on 28 September 2010, with the Port of Melbourne [PoMC] CEO, Steven Bradford and members of his executive.

The meeting was informative and from the discussions came a better understanding of the issues facing each party.

PoMC takes a whole of port perspective in setting prices and uses a weighted average cost of capital to ensure that PoMC makes a profit every year

PoMC is now endeavouring to include all of the supply chain participants when promulgating information about pricing or other policy determinations.


The 2012-13 rates were significantly influenced by the requirements of the Port Management Amendment (Port of Melbourne Corporation Licence Fee) Act 2012 (Vic) for PoMC to remit an annual Port Licence Fee (PLF) to the Victorian Government at a starting rate of $75 million.

Under the new tariff schedule, wharfage fees for a full twenty-foot container increased by $21.10 (52.6%) to $61.20 plus GST and empty containers increased by $5.20 (52.0%) to $15.20 plus GST.

Advice from member companies is that $5000.00 is the additional charge for a 12000 tonne tanker after paying the increased channel and wharfage fee. As with all PoMC rates, approximately 33% of each rate will relate to the recovery of the PLF

BLIA Inc made a submission regarding the Port Licence Fee but the Government were insistent. The $75 million goes into consolidated revenue not for improvements at the Port.

The PLF is varied by CPI each July and can only be removed by Government. The revenue is consolidated and has no benefit to the Port of Melbourne or its customers.


The total amount of PLF recovered for the 2012-13 financial year was $72.7 million an under-recovery of $2.3 million.

PoMC advises that it has recently received notification from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure that the quantum of PLF required to be paid to Government by PoMC for 2013-14 is $76.429 million.

For the first six months of the financial year 2013-14 (1 July to 31 December), the PLF recovered by PoMC was $40.4 million. This is slightly below (approximately $0.2 million) PoMC  budgeted amount for the half year.

Full details available at…. www.portofmelbourne.com/Port Licence Fee


Port of Melbourne Corporation attended the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in November 2010 to oppose a development proposal for a tertiary institution, artists/recording studio and place of assembly at 212 Whitehall Street, Footscray.

PoMC primarily appealed against the development proposal on the basis that, if approved, it would place a sensitive use (‘education centre’) within the WorkSafe ‘outer advisory’ risk area and within the 1,000m threshold distance that Coode Island operators are required to achieve from defined sensitive uses (including education centres) under clause 52.10 of the Victoria Planning Provisions.

A number of Coode Island Tenants provided letters in support of the PoMC position in the lead up to the appeal.

VCAT handed down its decision, ruling in favour of the proponent.

PoMC concerned about the impact of the decision on Coode Island operations wrote to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and WorkSafe seeking confirmation that the decision will not result in refusal of Coode Island development proposals and/or the suspension or cancellation of Major Hazard Facility operating licenses.

WorkSafe advised that the proposal is unlikely to require significant changes to the safety case and is not a ground to refuse or suspend the licenses of existing Major Hazard Facility operators at Coode Island.

BLIA Inc wrote to both WorkSafe and EPA advising of our concerns for the future and requesting advice as to action being taken to protect members’ investments and expansion plans.

Both organisations deferred to the Environment Protection Act 1970 indicating that any applications will be accessed on their merits, and VCAT decision will be taken into account.


As defined in the Regulations, responsibilities for vessels entering the Port of Melbourne are placed on the Master of a Vessel and relevant Port Managers. The plan also includes responsibilities for shipping agents, shipping lines and others.

The plan which is inclusive of enhancements from the consultative workshop and input from relevant Port Managers and others including Shipping Australia Limited is now available on the website for your reference via the following path:



 Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) and The Bulk Liquid Industry Association Inc. (BLIA) conducted a half day seminar in Melbourne on 20 August 2013.

The lead presenter was Captain Howard Snaith  General Manager CDI

Speakers from BLIA [Michael Halley], DOW Chemicals [Russel Scholl and Christopher Kouloyan] and Terminals Pty Ltd [Graham Tumblety] discussed the value of the international CDI Terminal audit scheme, which provides detailed audit reports on bulk liquid Terminals on behalf of the Chemical industry.

Please inquire to cdimid@cdim.org or visit the CDI web site–> www.cdim.org


In early June 2013 Vopak advised its staff, customers and NSW Ports  that the company was closing Site A, its chemical storage facility at Port Botany at the end 2013.

The matter was discussed at BLIA members’ meetings.

BLIA wrote to the Chairman of Royal Vopak in The Netherlands expressing member concerns and asking for an extension of the closure date.

A response was received advising that the decision was irrevocable and closure would be as previously advised!


Formed over 20 years ago, the National Bulk Tanker Association Inc. [NBTA] comprises member companies and organisations involved in the manufacture, storage and distribution of liquid bulk products. Its members have a strong involvement in the dangerous and hazardous goods sector.

Any bulk liquid moved by road from terminals operated by members of BLIA is likely to be in a bulk tanker.

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.

NBTA convened meetings of members and invited BLIA members to participate.

Seventy people from forty-two [42] organisations attended the NSW meeting on the 31st October.

Key outcomes were:

  • Roads and Maritime Services [RMS] is undertaking fleet maintenance audits and will be writing to all licenced DG operators in NSW (over 2000)
  • They are very active in visiting companies and undertaking full inspections
  • Their findings from State wide inspections of all heavy vehicles are that brakes are their major area of concern along with other safety critical items such as steering and suspension
  • They have yet to form a clear picture on the tanker fleet but do have reasons for concern

The clear message from the meeting is that operators need to take this opportunity to audit their maintenance systems and make a thorough assessment of the roadworthiness of their fleets. In particular, safety critical systems such as brakes, steering, suspensions and chassis integrity should be thoroughly investigated.

NBTA web site will provide more current and ongoing advice… http://www.nbta.com.au


The last involvement with the Napthine Government in Victoria came to a conclusion with the Minister for Ports the Hon. David Hodgett MP agreeing with a joint proposal by PACIA and BLIA about Coode Island Leases.

This is the salient paragraph of his letter of 13 October 2014:-

I am pleased to advise that through a new Ministerial Direction, gazetted on October 30 2014, I have revoked the previous direction, enabling leases to be negotiated on commercial terms and extended beyond 2022.

So leaseholders at Coode Island can now make long term decisions about capital investment in infrastructure and negotiate suitable lease terms and periods.

It is to be determined if the sale of the Port will go ahead with the Andrews Government now in control. Indications when the Opposition of support were well publicised.


Message received from Nick Easy CEO Port of Melbourne Corporation on 27 May 2014

With regard to the Victorian Government’s intention to seek private sector interest for a medium term lease of the Port of Melbourne, I bring to your attention today’s announcement by the Premier which coincides with the introduction of legislation this week.

The Port Lease Transaction is being overseen by the Department of Treasury and Finance who have prepared a website with additional information.

Debate continues in the Victorian Parliament in February 2016


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 .

Updated 27 May 2015

Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) today released its 2015-16 Reference Tariff Schedule (RTS) for port charges which will apply from 1 July 2015.

After considering feedback from stakeholders in response to the Industry Information Paper released in March 2015, PoMC can advise that the overall increase in its fees and charges has been capped at CPI of 2.75% in line with the CPI rate used in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget.

In determining the price adjustment for 2015-16, PoMC has taken into consideration a range of factors including industry cost pressures and subdued trading conditions.

To limit the RTS adjustment, PoMC will absorb the forecast under-recovery of the Port Licence Fee (PLF) of around $1 million which will not flow through to the new tariff charges.

PoMC  harmonisation strategy for wharfage tariffs applied to the import and export of bulk liquid cargo through the Port of Melbourne concludes in 2015-16 with one standard rate for bulk liquid cargo of $4.02 (plus GST) per tonne or cubic metre applicable from 1 July 2015.

The prices outlined in the RTS, together with the Essential Services Commission’s regulatory regime, will remain in place for the financial year 2015-16.

PoMC values the contribution made by the liquid bulk industry to the Port of Melbourne and will continue to work with the industry to meet its requirements.

A copy of PoMC  2015-16 RTS is available on website: www.portofmelbourne.com


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.

BLIA executive has formed an Operations Sub-committee that will be part of the port’s working groups. The timing of inauguration is subject to availability of members.

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.

NSW Ports  advised on 25 February 2016:-


Bulk Liquid Berth ( BLB1) had reached its capacity and a new berth, BLB2 was built and was commissioned and fully operational since December 2013.

The congestion and subsequent ship delays experienced with only one berth operating has been alleviated with both berths in full operation.

With the closure of a number of refineries in Australia, it is anticipated that volumes may increase through Port Botany Bulk liquid Berths.

BLB1 required some extensive concrete remediation work.

NSW Ports has completed this work over a number of 2 week shutdowns in 2015 and in February 2016. There was with minimal disruption to the industry through consultation the BLB users and the BLIA.

Port of Melbourne Rehabilitation of Bulk Liquid Berths – Project Update 6

Posted 5 April 2016


  • Demolition of the Old Pump House Structure.  The works are principally complete, there are some minor removals and clean-up remaining which contractor will complete during the April window.
  • Rock Revetment works commenced in the February window.  The rock revetment installation is largely complete, with the remaining rock to be placed at the location of the (formerly) Old Pump House Structure.  This work will be completed during the April window.
  • Diving works are progressing well.  The anode works are approximately 75% complete.  In the process of installing anodes, some steel piles have been identified which require plate strengthening.  These works will occur over the course of the remaining berth closure windows on this project.
  • A grout mattress will be installed on the embankment under the Holden Dock berth structure to protect the embankment from erosion.  The contractor has commenced preliminary works (i.e. benching, slope trimming and anchoring) and will install the mattress in the April & May windows.
  • Concrete repair works to the New Pump House Structure are tide dependent and the contractor is aiming to undertake these during the April low tide windows.  The contractor has gunnite application (shotcreting) as the outstanding item on this work front.


  • Divers are progressing with installation of anodes and timber pile repairs.  The anode works are approximately 40% complete due to some installation difficulties experienced by the contractor which have since been resolved.  The installation rate is expected to accelerate significantly and finish on schedule. The timber pile repairs (pile wraps and encasements) are well underway and on track with programme.
  • The new mid approach walkway works are complete and the walkway is open to normal (pedestrian) traffic loads.
  • Fire Monitor Tower walkway replacement.  The contractor commenced preliminary work on this item during the March window and works will continue through to the June window.
  • Under wharf deluge pipework upgrade.  Procurement is underway and the replacement will occur over the March and April windows.

Access to the both berths have been good, in addition to the 3 day monthly closure period, numerous opportunistic days have been available for construction works during the March window.

Michael DeSilva is contact for the project. Phone 9683 1306; e-mail: Michael.DeSilva@portofmelbourne.com




The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) in conjunction with petrol manufacturing and importing member companies have decided to remove dye from unleaded petrol and E10 (regular unleaded petrol with 10% ethanol added).

This change will not have any impact on the fuel’s performance or on compliance with federal and state quality standards or other legislation.

The reason for the change is to align with international practices (e.g. Europe, USA, Asia), whereby petrol is not dyed. Removing dye from unleaded petrol and E10 will assist AIP member companies, and other suppliers who import fuels, with the purchase of petrol cargoes from international refineries.

Currently around 20% of Australia’s petrol supplies are imported and this proportion is expected to increase in future.

The change to undyed unleaded petrol and E10 will commence from 1 October 2015. It is anticipated that the transition will take up to 12 months. During this period both dyed and undyed unleaded petrol and E10 may be seen in the market.

Unleaded petrol and E10 are currently dyed a red/orange colour. With the removal of dye, unleaded petrol and E10 will appear a pale yellow/yellow colour. This will be similar to premium unleaded fuels and diesel, which are also undyed.

www.aip.com.au  has a set of questions and answers (Q&A) to provide you with more detail about the change. If you have any additional queries that are not addressed by the Q&A, please contact your current fuel supplier for further information.