De Bruyn’s Transport has today launched a newly constructed $4.5 million locally made support vessel to service Tasmania’s thriving aquaculture industry, showing this 50-year-old family company continues to make a vital contribution to Tasmania’s economy.
Director, John De Bruyn, said the 24 metre Elroi would soon become a familiar sight around the fish farms on the West Coast.
“The Elroi has been designed and constructed as a purpose-built service vessel in close consultation with our client” Mr De Bruyn said.
“It will fulfil a range of functions, carrying feed to the fish farms, providing transport for maintenance and getting workers where they need to go”.
To build this vessel for Tasmanian conditions, De Bruyn’s Transport worked with Taylor Brothers Marine for the design process, and with Crisp Bros & Haywards at their shipyard in Margate, whose team is very experienced in manufacturing steel vessels.
“We’re proud to work with these highly skilled Tasmanian companies and to help keep jobs based in our state”.
John De Bruyn attended a special launch ceremony at the Crisp Bros and Haywards Margate shipyards today, christening the Elroi with a bottle of champagne before lowering her into the water for the first time.
De Bruyn’s provides essential transport and logistics services to Tasmania’s heavy general freight, bulk goods, mining and aquaculture industries. The company employees 200 people state wide as well as operating more than 300 pieces of equipment across the state.
April 2015 marked 50 years of continuous operations for De Bruyn’s Transport, a terrific milestone for multiple generations of the De Bruyn family who have contributed to a proud tradition of servicing the state.
Below: The Elroi is launched at Crisp Bros & Haywards shipyards in Margate, with Louisa De Bruyn swinging the champagne bottle.
We are thrilled to announce that on the 1st April 2015, De Bruyn’s Transport celebrated their 50th Birthday!!! This is a fantastic achievement for a Tasmanian family business.
Picture (left): As you can see from the picture, we have come along way since opening 50 years ago!! This truck was purchased in January 1979. Ted Cox drove the truck and carted acid to Renison Bell and brought back tin concentrate. This was the last nose Scania available in Australia.
What is a clear recognition of the approach De Bruyn’s Transport takes to safety, De Bruyn’s Risk and Compliance Manager, Ferdie Kroon, has been appointed to the Trucksafe Board of Directors. This is not only a great achievement for our business and our customers, but also for our State as Ferdie will be our Tasmanian Representative.
For more information regarding the benefits of Trucksafe, please visit www.trucksafe.com.au
Our new Volvo FH Models are now in Operation. Two of these are for our Devonport Depot and one for our Launceston Depot. We will be trialling these models for Heavier Linehaul Operations. The two for Devonport will be working for the Aquaculture division of our business and the vehicle for Launceston will be transporting Timber from Bell Bay to Hobart.
Kris Maxwell recently competed in the WorldSkills National Competition held in Perth in the Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Category. Out of the 16 competitors from around Australia that competed in this category , we are thrilled to announce that Kris won gold! Kris will now head to San Paulo, Brazil in August 2015 to compete against the worlds best heavy vehicle mechanics in the WorldSkills International Competition.
Kris began his apprenticeship with De Bruyn’s Transport in February 2010 and it was clear from the start that Kris was no ordinary apprentice! By June 2012, Kris had completed his Apprenticeship and in October 2012, Kris began his Certificate IV in Automotive Technology which he completed by June 2014.
Throughout his apprenticeship, Kris was mentored by Damien Allison (Maintenance Manager) and Casey Pointon (Workshop Supervisor) and it is no doubt that their guidance and knowledge has helped Kris become the best in his field.
Kris is a fantastic role model for all apprentices and we are so proud of not only him, but what he has achieved.
Photo taken by WorldSkills Australia. All rights reserved. Used by permission
This is our new 4 Wheel Drive forklift which is now operating at MMG in Rosebery. This has been in operation now for a month and is safer to operate as it provides more traction.
The General Manager of De Bruyn’s Transport, John de Bruyn, has expressed his condolences on behalf of the organisation to the family and friends of the 42-year-old truck driver, who died late last night as a result of a single vehicle incident on the Esperance Coast Road in the state’s south.
Mr de Bruyn said the tragic loss was a huge shock and the thoughts of all at De Bruyn’s Transport were with the driver’s family at this difficult time.
“On behalf of all at De Bruyn’s Transport, I would like to offer our condolences to the family of the driver” Mr de Bruyn said.
Mr de Bruyn said an internal investigation had been initiated and the firm would fully cooperate with authorities.
Please click on the link below to find some very important and useful information in relation to “Sharing the Road with Trucks”
De Bruyn’s Transport has purchased two Volvo FMX vehicles (6 wheel drive, fully automatic) to service the Store at MMG Rosebery.
These two trucks will be fitted out specifically to cart all freight from the surface store to the store underground. Travelling on gravel roads for up to an hour and a half each way and where temperatures can reach up to 37 degrees, these two vehicles will travel up to 2.5km vertically down to reach the lowest point.
All modifications to the trucks are being completed internally by our fully experienced staff.
On the 10th April 2014, De Bruyn’s Transport was awarded the 2014 Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Chairman’s Award. This Award acknowledges De Bruyn’s efforts in developing programs and strategies that demonstrate innovation in quality training outcomes within the Transport Industry.
This is significant recognition for De Bruyn’s Transport, a Tasmanian family owned company, and it clearly demonstrates our commitment to working with our employees in achieving positive learning outcomes that benefit them and the business generally. It also is ‘just reward’ for our cultural change efforts over the past three years.
We acknowledge the support of our clients, RTOs (Transqual, MEGT, TAFE and Driver Safety Services), MEGT Australian Apprenticeship Centre and, most of all, our De Bruyn’s workforce.
For more information regarding the 2014 TLISC Award Winners, please visit www.tlisc.org.au and click on 2014 Awards for Excellence.