Roundup – July 2023

SILA Team Showcase

Congratulations Cassie!

Our brilliant Head of Operations is killing it! After being awarded a rare Scholarship for Women Working in the transport and logistics sector Australia-wide, she has now completed the Executive Ready Program with Women & Leadership Australia!

This is an intense 7-month leadership and career accelerator designed to propel participants toward executive-level performance, behaviours, and mindsets.

At SILA, we prioritize continuous professional development to ensure we stay at the forefront of industry trends and deliver the highest level of expertise to our clients. Cassie’s accomplishment demonstrates her commitment to excellence and her dedication to providing you with exceptional service.

We are proud of Cassie’s accomplishment, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on partnerships with our clients.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting with Cassie, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Well done, Tanya! 

Our dedicated team member, Tanya Rose, has successfully obtained her Dangerous Goods Certification, further enhancing our capabilities in handling and transporting hazardous materials.

At SILA, we understand the critical importance of safety and compliance when it comes to handling dangerous goods. With Tanya’s certification, we have taken another significant step towards ensuring the secure and efficient transport of hazardous materials for our valued clients.

The Dangerous Goods Certification is a testament to Tanya’s expertise and commitment to upholding the highest industry standards. Her comprehensive knowledge of the regulations and best practices surrounding the safe transportation of hazardous materials will play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of our services.

We remain dedicated to prioritizing safety, compliance, and the satisfaction of our clients. We believe that Tanya’s certification adds significant value to our team and further strengthens our ability to serve you with excellence.

We extend our congratulations to Tanya on achieving this important certification and express our gratitude for her commitment to professional development. Her dedication ensures that we continue to deliver the highest level of quality and safety in our services.

Welcome to the team, Monowar! 

It is our pleasure to introduce our new NSW Business Development Manager, Monowar Hashem.

With Monowar joining our team, we are further strengthening our commitment to delivering exceptional service and forging lasting partnerships. Monowar brings a wealth of experience in shipping & logistics and a proven track record of driving growth and success.

As our Business Development Manager, Monowar will be responsible for identifying new opportunities, nurturing client relationships, and developing innovative strategies to help our clients thrive in today’s dynamic market. His dedication, strategic thinking, and client-centric approach make him an invaluable addition to our team.

We believe that with Monowar’s expertise and our shared commitment to excellence, we will continue to deliver outstanding results and exceed your expectations. We encourage you to connect with Monowar to discuss your business goals, explore new possibilities, and discover how we can collaborate to achieve mutual success.

At SILA, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of service, and we are confident that Monowar will play a pivotal role in ensuring our clients’ continued satisfaction. We value our partnerships and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Monowar directly or contact our dedicated sales team at

Events & Networking

Leeward Group – 2023 Industry Engagement Cocktail Party

Last month (June) Leeward Group brought together key professionals and industry leaders for 3 stellar evenings across Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.

The event was a resounding success, and we are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response from attendees. The evening was filled with engaging conversations, knowledge sharing, and the exchange of ideas that have the potential to shape the future of our industry.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended and contributed to the event’s success. Your active participation, enthusiasm, and willingness to engage created an atmosphere of camaraderie and collaboration that was truly inspiring.

As we move forward, we are committed to nurturing the connections that were established and we encourage you to reach out to your fellow attendees and continue the conversations that started at the event. Together, we can leverage our collective expertise and create a network that drives innovation and growth.

Lastly, we extend our sincere appreciation to our clients for your continued support and trust in our services. Your partnership is the driving force behind our success, and we remain dedicated to delivering the highest level of quality and value to you.

Once again, thank you Leeward Group for hosting such a successful event and we look forward to future opportunities to bring our industry community together and continue building strong relationships that propel us all toward continued success.

SILA Ops Christmas in July

This month, we hosted a little “Christmas in July” office party, and we wanted to take a moment to share some of the highlights with you. It was a day filled with laughter, camaraderie, and festive spirit that brought our team even closer.

Our staff engaged in friendly competition – UNO – and strengthened their bonds. The excitement of the Secret Santa gift exchange was palpable, as thoughtful presents brought smiles to everyone’s faces. Mouthwatering holiday-inspired treats and beverages were enjoyed throughout the day, adding to the overall festive ambiance.

Needless to say, the little event was a hoot and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

National Pyjama Day

SILA Global, along with Leeward Group, Quay Shipping & Nautical Shipping, enthusiastically participated in National Pyjama Day; a charity whose vision is of a world of unlimited opportunity for all children.

Together, we can make a significant difference and support their mission! Your generous contribution – whether it’s a monetary donation, your valuable time, or simply wearing your pyjamas and hashtagging #InMyPjs – will help us reach our shared goal.

We firmly believe that corporate social responsibility plays a crucial role in building a more compassionate and sustainable world. With your support, we can create a meaningful impact and inspire others to follow suit.

If you would like to know more, please visit their website –

Together, let’s make a difference and leave a lasting legacy of compassion and care.

Thank you for being part of this meaningful journey with us.

Industry News

Celebrating 13 Years of SILA!

We are celebrating the 13th anniversary of our company! This milestone marks a significant achievement and is a testament to the trust and support you have placed in us over the years. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your continued partnership and loyalty.

Since our establishment in 2010, we have been dedicated to providing exceptional service that meets your unique needs. Throughout this incredible journey, we have grown together, overcoming challenges and achieving remarkable milestones. Our success would not have been possible without your unwavering trust and collaboration.

As we reflect on the past 13 years, we take pride in the relationships we have built with each of our valued clients. Your feedback and insights have been invaluable in shaping our growth and improving our offerings. We are committed to continually enhancing our services to exceed your expectations and adapt to the evolving industry landscape.

On behalf of our entire team, we would like to express our deepest appreciation for your trust and confidence in our company. We are excited about the future and eager to embark on the next chapter of our journey together. Thank you for being an integral part of our success!

Here’s to celebrating 13 years of achievement, and many more prosperous years ahead!

Smart container fleet to expand six-fold over the next five years

The global telematics enabled container equipment fleet is forecast to grow six-fold over the next five years and account for 30% of global box inventories by 2027, driven by wider adoption across the dry container fleet. This is one of the main conclusions from Drewry’s recently published Container Census & Leasing Annual Review & Forecast 2023/24 report.

Smart containers have increased in prominence in recent years, a trend that accelerated following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant supply chain disruption, which highlighted the need for better cargo visibility to cope with longer and more volatile transit times. And the pace of adoption of smart containers is expected to accelerate over the next five years as device costs fall and first mover carriers challenge others to follow.

A container becomes “smart” when fitted with a telematics device that provides real-time tracking and monitoring, enabling operators to increase turn time of their containers and so improve equipment availability. It also allows beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) to understand the location and status of their cargo so that they can better control their supply chains.

There are a number of factors driving this market growth. Supply chain disruption and port congestion that plagued the pandemic era, provided a wake-up call for improved visibility of cargo flows and container fleet management. And despite weak market conditions, carriers have funds to invest following the recent boom in industry profitability, and see opportunities to improve the efficiency of their operations through the deployment of smart containers.

Drewry estimates that by the end of 2022 around 5.6% of the global container equipment fleet was fitted with smart technology devices following growth of 57% through the year; an acceleration from the 32% gain recorded the previous year. However, take-up varies considerably by equipment type, with penetration already strong in reefer and intermodal containers but much lower in the dry box sector. Already over half of both the maritime reefer and land based intermodal container fleets are smart-enabled, the former up from a third last year, according to Drewry estimates.

Drewry forecasts that the number of smart containers in the global fleet will accelerate over the next five years, to reach over 10 million units, representing as much as 30% of worldwide box inventories. As technological innovation lowers the cost of devices and enhances their value to both transport operators and BCOs, uptake is expected to hasten.

Smart fleet acceleration will now be driven by strong uptake in the dry container fleet where penetration is currently as little as 0.7%, according to Drewry estimates. Several carriers including Hapag-Lloyd and Japan’s ONE have publicly committed to equipping their entire dry box fleet with smart devices, the former as soon as next year. Drewry believes that these moves will force other leading carriers to follow suit. Shipping line return on investment will come from the potential to optimise their box fleet and cargo operations. Past initiatives to develop the dry smart fleet failed because they relied on BCO demand which was deterred by additional fees and lack of integration into carrier IoT service offerings.

Furthermore, digitising their container fleets will enable carriers to better control maritime supply chain information flows, enhancing their cargo visibility offering and so tethering BCO clients into longer term contractual commitments. They face increasing competition from alternative tracking solutions such as removable devices or predictive analytical tools. But to achieve this step change will require further investment to integrate smart containers into carrier IoT systems and collaboration among industry stakeholders to enable data sharing, particularly between carrier alliance and VSA partners.

In the meantime, shipping lines are expected to focus on building a critical mass of smart device installs to leverage operational benefits across their container fleets and cargo operations, while readying for the next step change in supply chain visibility service offerings.

Source: Drewry’s Container Census & Leasing Annual Review & Forecast 2023/24
Author of the article: John Fossey, Drewry’s Senior Analyst, Container Equipment Research


A landmark precinct project enabling a new, scalable economy, positioning the Hunter Region as a global, diversified energy gateway and a catalyst for economic growth, job opportunities and innovative career pathways.

Port of Newcastle and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. have unveiled, during a visit by Mr. Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, to the Port today, an MOU setting out a pathway towards the enablement of a world-class clean energy economy in the Hunter Region through the Port’s Clean Energy Precinct, which secured a $100-million Commonwealth funding grant in the 2022 Federal Budget.

Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said the once in a generation project was the centrepiece of the Port’s future diversification strategy.

“Our dedicated 220-hectare Clean Energy Precinct will offer the perfect platform for large scale clean energy production, which will be supported by common user, open access, shared infrastructure across clean energy storage, transport and export facilities servicing production from the Precinct itself and from right across the Hunter Region” he said.

Dr. Hitoshi Kaguchi, Senior Executive Vice President at MHI said: “We are delighted to be involved in a major development project for the Port of Newcastle, a promising hydrogen hub in Australia. We possess various technologies that are considered necessary for the realization of a hydrogen hub in the Port of Newcastle, such as hydrogen and ammonia power generation and CO2 capture technologies, ammonia and methanol production plants, ammonia and CO2 carriers, etc., and based on these technologies, we will study the optimization of the equipment configuration for the energy facility in the port. The port has long been an important base for Japan as a resource shipping port, and through this project, we will work together with the port to contribute to the decarbonization of Australia and Japan.”

Together the Port of Newcastle and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will collaborate on optimization of the configuration of the Port’s Clean Energy Precinct, explore opportunities for MHI to supply technology to the Clean Energy Precinct and across the Hunter Region, the export of clean energy products to Japan and the potential further collaboration with other clean energy projects in the port area across a range of energy vectors.

Project Lead and the Port’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon Byrnes said the Clean Energy Precinct MOUs spanned collaboration on the development of inland and offshore wind projects, electricity transmission and water supply, clean energy production, clean energy storage, distribution and export facilities, export and bunkering, skills and training pathways, advanced manufacturing and innovation hubs. Drawing on the world leading expertise of companies in our key markets of Japan and Korea is extremely important to driving that vision forward.

“By collaborating with all levels of government, with industry partners and education providers, we are working to deliver a shared ambition to accelerate innovation, foster technological advancement, generating jobs and educational pathways for this new industry at scale,” Mr Byrnes said. “Our vision is a thriving Hunter community which is viewed as the best place to work in the clean energy industry, both in Australia and across the world’.

Further information on the Clean Energy Precinct project can be found at Clean Energy Precinct including a factsheet with details of the MOU and supporting partnerships.

Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.