Lloyd's List Australia
The front page of Lloyd's List Australia
on 24 November 2011.
|Type||Weekly newspaper (Thursday)|
|Headquarters|| 120 Sussex Street,
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Lloyd's List Australia (LLAU) is a weekly Australian shipping, trade, transport and logistics focused newspaper, published by Informa Australia in tabloid format. First published in 1891 as Daily Commercial News, Lloyd's List Australia is Australia's longest running national newspaper.
Daily Commercial News
Founded by Howard Moffat on 13 April 1891, Daily Commercial News (DCN) ran for 108 years under its original banner. During this time it occupied a unique position amongst a very select group as one of only three national Australian daily newspapers alongside The Australian and Australian Financial Review - yet with a much more tightly defined market and readership than its colleagues.
Lloyd's List in Australia
Early in 1993, Lloyd's List, one of the world’s oldest daily newspapers and the bible of international maritime journalism, investigated a bold plan to extend its international publishing service. The proposal was to launch a weekly version of its newspaper in Australia combining Lloyd’s List’s traditional international coverage with an extensive coverage of national shipping events in Australia.
Under the guidance of Publisher and Chief Executive Lloyd's of London Press (LLP), David Gilbertson, a joint venture was formed with a private Australian publishing company, Westonprint, of Kiama on the south coast of NSW. Westonprint already provided print and distribution services for several international weekly versions of well known newspapers, including The Guardian and Scottish Daily Record.
At the time, the Australian maritime media market was dominated by the Daily Commercial News (DCN), a five-day weekly newspaper, owned by Independent News & Media through its Australian media arm, Australian Provincial Newspapers (APN). Following extensive local market research by LLP through Lloyd’s List’s Managing Director, Ian Ormes, Advertisement Director, John Quilter and Peter Attwater (Managing Editor of Westonprint) David Gilbertson authorized the decision to enter the Australian market with a weekly newspaper.
The newspaper was called Lloyd’s List Australian Weekly (LLAW). It was first published on Monday, 30 August 1993.
A senior journalist on Lloyd’s List, Leigh Smith, was chosen to head the project as editor. He was joined by Advertising Manager, Adrian Pickstock, who had recently joined LLP in London. Initially, they set up an office in a rented home in Moverly Road in the Sydney metropolitan coastal suburb of Maroubra. There, articles were written and advertisements sold. Amazingly, the newspaper was in profit from the outset.
The stories were transmitted back to Lloyd’s List in London where the compilation of the newspaper took place by Lloyd’s List production staff. The completed editorial pages of the newspaper were then transmitted back to Westonprint in Australia where advertisements were manually inserted and production completed before printing and distribution took place.
Smith and Pickstock carried the entire editorial and advertising project for several months and when it became clear that LLAW was making headway, they were joined by their wives – but not just for comfort. Smith’s wife, Clare Longley, was an accomplished journalist and joined the editorial team while Pickstock’s wife Ellen, briefly joined the sales team. David Worwood, formerly features editor with DCN, further strengthened the editorial team from early 1994. As deputy editor the following year he proposed LLAW establish a website including shipping schedules and news. The free website proved an immediate success - contrasting with the expensively designed electronic commerce offering from rival DCN, which required subscribers to pay. Leigh Smith continued as editor of LLAW until 1995 when he returned to London to join corporate public relations with BP. He was replaced by Kevin Chinnery, then the editor of Lloyd’s List Maritime Asia. Adrian Pickstock left LLAW in June 1997.
In 1995, the Maroubra house was abandoned for a new office at Suite 1005, Level 10, Bondi Junction Plaza (Tower 1) in Bondi Junction which was to serve as the home of LLAW until 1999.
Merger and formation of Lloyd's List DCN
1998 was a pivotal year for LLAW, and as it transpired, for the DCN. David Gilbertson successfully led a management buyout of LLP and the company was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange. Now cashed up, LLP made a play to acquire LLAW’s dominating competitor, the DCN. It was a long process and complicated by the decision of LLP to merge with a London-based international conference company, IBC Conferences. This merger was completed at the end of 1998 and resulted in the creation of Informa plc.
Under the Informa banner, the acquisition of the DCN was completed in March 1999 for A$10m. Announcing the purchase, Gilbertson stated "Daily Commercial News is a powerful and long established title in the Australian market. In combination with our weekly publication, Lloyd's List Australian Weekly, the acquisition of DCN will enable Informa to offer an unrivalled information service to the Australian import and export community".
For several weeks following, the DCN and LLAW continued to publish on their normal schedules until the newspapers were merged. On Monday 12 April 1999, the first edition of the now Lloyd’s List DCN was published by an editorial, advertising, subscriptions and production team made up a staff from both the DCN and LLAW. LLAW editor Kevin Chinnery edited the combined publication for a further seven years until the end of 2006 when he joined Business Review Weekly as its weekly editor. Former LLDCN deputy editor Sandy Galbraith edited the publication until September 2007, when he moved into shipping consultancy, and was replaced by LLDCN Sydney correspondent Sam Collyer who edited the paper until July 2010 when he left to pursue a public relations career with Caltex.
On 24 November 2011, at the 16th annual Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards, publisher Peter Attwater announced that Lloyd's List DCN was to be re-branded as Lloyd's List Australia to give the publication a "clear national focus". The change was immediate, with issue 901 (24 November 2011) the first to appear under the new masthead.
Lloyd's List Australia is currently edited by Jim Wilson, formerly the Asia-Pacific editor of shipping publication Fairplay. Today, Lloyd’s List Australia operates from its Sydney headquarters in the CBD with a bureau in Melbourne. It remains a totally subscribed weekly newspaper with a daily e-mail newswire service to several thousand readers.
Lloyd's List Australia's current publishing stable includes the weekly newspaper, a website, four different daily e-mail newswires, a quarterly magazine, an annual directory and an annual supplement:
|Lloyd's List Australia||Newspaper||Weekly||Weekly shipping, trade, transport and logistics news & analysis|
|Lloyd's List Australia Newswire||Daily||Daily shipping, trade, transport and logistics news updates|
|The List||Website||Daily||Vessels due, vessels in port, voyage itineraries and liner schedules |
|Vessel Arrival Report||Daily||Daily e-mail containing all arrivals at five major Australian ports |
|Sydney Container Unpack Report||Daily||Daily e-mail containing all shipping container unpacks at Port Botany (Sydney) |
|Melbourne Container Unpack Report||Daily||Daily e-mail containing all shipping container unpacks at Port of Melbourne |
|Directory of Shipping, Air, Road & Rail Services||Book||Annual||170 page guide to Australian shipping & logistics service suppliers; first published 1961 |
|25 Faces of Australian Shipping||Magazine||Annual||Magazine highlighting 25 contributors to the Australian maritime industry |
Conferences and events
Lloyds List Australia hosts a number of annual forums to assess the future plans for transport, infrastructure development and financing across the country. The current conference portfolio includes Lloyd's List Australia State Transport Series, Regional Ports, Port and Maritime Security, AusIntermodal, Grain Logistics and Maritime Structures. These events feature presentations from government representatives and key stakeholders across Australia's ports, freight operators, public transport providers and the construction industry, with delegates from the greater shipping, trade and transport sectors.
Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards
The Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards have been held every November since 1995. As of 2011 there are 16 award categories which recognise achievements in liner trading, freight forwarding, maritime safety, project cargo, seafarers welfare, maritime services, supply chain and young achievement.
Nominations are open to the general public thus any person may nominate another company, corporation, organisation or individual for any award. Winners of 14 of the awards are selected by a combination of votes from a judging panel consisting of industry peers and popular vote by the readers of Lloyd's List Australia. The final two award winners, Newsmaker of the Year and the annual induction to the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame, are determined by the editorial staff of Lloyd's List Australia.
Lloyd's List Australia participates in a number of staff and industry driven charity initiatives, most notably the annual Shipping Industry Golf Challenge. To date this event has raised over A$400,000 for the oncology unit at Westmead Children's Hospital.
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