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'Very difficult fire': Port Kembla shut due to cargo ship blaze

“We’re fighting it from the wharf and the deck. We will not put firefighters inside the hold. “It’s a very, very difficult fire to fight.

It’s inside and below deck,” he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Norm Buckley said no crews would be going inside the ships hold to fight the fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Norm Buckley said no crews would be going inside the ships hold to fight the fire.

Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW

The ship’s crew were evacuated after the fire broke out and everyone had been accounted for. No injuries have been reported. Tug boats are training a stream of water onto the side of the ship, which the Mercury understands roughly aligns with the engine room and is designed to cool the area down.

The Robot Bulldozer TAF20 has been on standby at the fire since 4.30am, but has not yet been utilised. It is capable of shooting water 80 metres into the air. The Mercury understands it was considered for use when the fire spread to a conveyor belt.

Onlookers watch as tugboats spray water onto the ship in an effort to cool it down.

Onlookers watch as tugboats spray water onto the ship in an effort to cool it down.

Photo: Robert Peet

Among the firefighting resources are two ladder platforms that are being used to battle the blaze from a height of 37 metres.

It’s understood firefighters are awaiting a special fire-fighting foam from Sydney. Port Kembla Harbour Master Kell Dillon said a port emergency was declared at 3.40am which meant no ships were allowed to enter or leave the port from that point. He said the ban on shipping operations would not be lifted until the fire is extinguished, likely to be later on Monday.

A spokesman for BlueScope said the fire started in the ship’s hold and had gone part way down the ship’s conveyor belt, which transports the dolomite from the ship’s hold to the shore.

The fire on the Iron Chieftain has suspended operations at Port Kembla.

The fire on the Iron Chieftain has suspended operations at Port Kembla.

Photo: Robert Peet

He said there had been no damage to the BlueScope plant or equipment and there was sufficient stock of dolomite on shore to continue steel production. Police officers and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority are at the scene. It’s understood police are diverting traffic away from Christy Drive, Port Kembla.

The port, the second-largest coal export port in NSW and also the state’s largest vehicle import gateway, counts among customers nearby coal mines run by BHP spinoff South32 and steelmaker BlueScope Steel. Neither responded immediately to requests for comment. Thomson Reuters Eikon data showed eight vessels at anchor in the port, mostly bulk carriers and roll-on, roll-off vehicle ships.

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Bharat Forge Invests $13.5 Mn in UK’s Electric Truck Startup Tevva

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India’s auto component giant Bharat Forge has made a strategic investment of £13.5 million (GBP10 million) or about Rs.90 crores in Tevva Motors, a British and Israeli electric truck company incorporated and registered under the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 carrying out its operations from Chelmsford, UK. As part of this investment, Bharat Forge has also acquired a license for commercialization of the Tevva technology within India for strengthening its Research and Development activities in the e-mobility space. Founded in 2012 by Asher Bennett, a former submarine officer in the Israeli Navy, Tevva provides electric power-train solutions for Commercial Vehicles & buses in the 7.5-14 T weight category.

This is soon to be extended for the development of new Commercial Vehicles, especially trucks and buses.

The investment in Tevva will help Bharat Forge to move at the forefront in the fast-growing Electric Vehicle market to identify technology trends and co-develop solutions for electric mobility in India and abroad. Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Limited, commenting on the investment said, “This will also bring very focused and state-of-the-art EV powertrain solutions to our customers in India and worldwide. This investment coupled with the ongoing work at Tork Motorcycles will enable Bharat Forge to gain better understanding of the 2-wheeler and the Commercial Vehicle EV space.”

It must be recalled that, besides Tevva, in February Bharat Forge made another strategic investment[3] of about Rs 300 million to acquire 45% stake in Pune-based electric vehicle startup TORK Motors. Bharat Forge has been working on its R & D and technology strategy in the Electric Vehicle space over the last few years. This is Bharat Forge’s 3rd major initiative in the EV space, and comes shortly after the start of the ‘Engineering and Development Centre’ at MIRA, UK and the investment in Tork Motorcycles Pvt.

Ltd., India. Tork Motorcycles mainly focused on electric two wheelers and/or premium electric motor cycles. Via – ET Auto[4]

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States collect taxes worth Rs 10,000 crore online post e-Governance initiative: Road Ministry

States have collected taxes to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore online since the rollout of Transport Mission Mode Project (MMP), which has also automated regional transport operations (RTOs), under the Centre’s ambitious e-Governance initiative.

The government has set up a consolidated nation-wise transport database and launched citizens and trade-centric applications under the e- Governance initiative, according to a Road Transport and Highways Ministry’s document. More than 19-crore vehicles and 10-crore driving licence records have come under the National Register, it said. Two flagship applications under Transport MMP — Vahan and Sarathi Vahan — deal with vehicle registration, taxation, permit, fitness and associated services; while Sarathi is related to driving licence, learner licence, driving schools and related activities.

The applications have been implemented in more than 1,000 RTOs across 33 states and Union territories – with state-specific rules, tax structures, it said.

Listing other achievements, the document said more than 50 lakh national permits have been issued to Goods Vehicles through Online National Permit Portal.
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