Specialised Container Transport (SCT) is an interstate transport company in Australia, with facilities in Melbourne, Adelaide, Parkes, and Perth. The company was founded in 1974 as trucking company SCT Logistics.
SCT had a customer base who wished to retain their use, so a number of surplus covered wagons were acquired, and a 'hook and pull' agreement was reached with V/Line Freight and Australian National to haul the trains. As a result SCT operated the first private rail service in Australia on July 13 1995. The initial terminals for the service were at Dynon in Melbourne; and leased facilities at Keswick, Adelaide; and Kewdale, Perth. Purpose built facilities were later built at North Laverton, Melbourne; Regency Park, Adelaide; and Forrestfield, Perth.
In 2000 operation of the trains from Melbourne though to Perth was taken over by Freight Australia, with the use of a specially equipped fuel tanker to transfer the fuel to locomotives while the train was under way. Crew vans were also introduced, for the accommodation of train crew on the long journey across the Nullarbor Plain. The company also owns and operates its own locomotives for shunting wagons in its terminals. In November 2006 SCT commenced running trains from a new terminal in Parkes in New South Wales to Perth.
As part of the sale conditions of SCT's haulage provider Freight Australia to Pacific National, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) attached special conditions to the sale to ensure competition in the rail freight industry. The company has received 9 refurbished G class diesel locomotives from Pacific National for use on SCT's trains, as well as the lease of 3 NR class locomotives until SCT's own 11 recently-ordered locomotives are operational and available for service. Pacific National is also required to continue the 'hook and pull' contract with SCT until these locomotives arrive, the first of which entered service in January 2008. 82 new in-house designed rail vans have also been purchased for general freight, as well as the "Greater Freighter" vans, the largest in Australia in terms of both height and capacity, being close to six metres high but lighter and of higher capacity than standard double-stacked shipping containers. Used between Adelaide, Parkes and Perth, 35 were initially built.
Wipo Publishes Patent of Sany Group, Guozhi Pan, Guocheng Peng and Cuiying Li for "Container Transport Vehicle and Self-Loading Apparatus Therefor" (Chinese Inventors)
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