You are a Logistics/Supply Chain specialist providing advice to an international mining company needs to Transport thermal coal on a soon-to-be built 500 km railway between the townships of Alpha in Central Western Queensland to Abbot Point port in Northeast Queensland. 40 standard gauge locomotives (100 tons each) and 600 coal wagons are to be transported from an inland regional setting in Germany (point-of-origin) to Abbot Point port (final destination).
The report must include the following:
A critical analysis of the logistics challenges in transporting the locomotives and wagons from the point-of-origin to the final destination.
The analysis must include inland and sea freight details, port activities and Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) requirements.
It is required that arguments are supported by academic journals, professional literature and practical examples relevant to the logistics activities and the scenario.