A NEW phase in Australian maritime publishing launches today with the unveiling of Daily Cargo News (DCN), formerly published as Lloyd’s List Australia.
It is the latest incarnation of a continuous maritime publishing cycle which
began in 1891 with the launch of the Daily Commercial News – Australia’s first daily newspaper, preceding even the Sydney Morning Herald which spent the first part of its life as a weekly publication.
The DCN (as it became widely known) was the dominant publication in the Australian maritime market until 1993 when the then world’s oldest daily newspaper, Lloyd’s List, launched Lloyd’s List Australian Weekly. The two publications competed fiercely in the Australian market until 1998 when Lloyd’s List set out to acquire the DCN.
The acquisition process took more than a year but was eventually completed early in 1999 and in that year, the two publications were merged to eventually become Lloyd’s List Australia.
The latest chapter was opened and closed earlier this year when Lloyd’s List Australia was acquired by the current owners, Sydney-based publishers, Paragon Media.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to re-launch the publication as the Daily Cargo News and use the well-known and often-quoted DCN acronym,” Paragon Media CEO, Ian Brooks said.
“The DCN name is in many ways synonymous with publishing in the Australian maritime market having traded as the Daily Commercial News for more than a century prior to its acquisition and eventual merger with the Lloyd’s List Australia product.
“Paragon Media is proud to continue this unbroken history of publishing in the Australian maritime market and maintaining our role as the local industry’s only newspaper and daily news and data service,” Mr Brooks added.
The DCN team will be led by its Publisher, Lloyd O’Harte, who will be joined by the previous Lloyd’s List Australia editorial, sales and production team who have moved across to the new ownership.
Mr O’Harte said the decision to re-launch the newspaper as Daily Cargo News was very much in line with the company’s plans for the DCN which include maintaining current news and data services and expanding into other related sectors.
“Everyone in the industry is acutely aware of how the nature of the Australian and global shipping market has changed, particularly over the past 20 years with significant consolidation of shipping lines, stevedoring and the privatisation of ports,” he said.
“There is more emphasis than ever on the supply chain and while eventually importing and exporting leads back to shipping, this is where our focus will be oriented to including the freight forwarding and customs broking sectors,” Mr O’Harte said.
Daily Cargo News Editor, David Sexton, said that while the DCN would continue its coverage of mainstream Australian maritime issues, the newspaper’s coverage would be expanded across the supply chain to involve other forms of transport,
“Road, rail and air are all integral to the supply chain and need coverage,” he said.
“We will continue to enjoy producing the weekly newspaper, but it’s very important for us to be able to get the news out quickly to the market and we will continue to do this by placing additional emphasis on our daily newswire and breaking news stories when they arise,” Mr Sexton said.
One of the first tasks for the DCN team is the presentation of the annual Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards – now coming up to its 22nd anniversary – making its one of the longest-running national maritime awards event in the world.
This year the event will be held at Sydney’s Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on Thursday, November 16.
“There are very few industry events which actually bring the whole industry together and arguably this is the most prestigious of them all,” Mr O’Harte said.
“The awards are not just for the shipping lines but the whole industry and recognise excellence and achievement in customer service, the freight handling sector, environment and safety, supply chain and the announcement of Australian Port or Terminal of the Year.
“Several individual categories will also be judged including recognition of the younger generation’s contribution to the industry as well the latest inductee into the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame.
“This is a unique and important industry event and I believe it is important for everyone to become involved,” Mr O’Harte said.
Any individual or company can nominate themselves, their customers and clients for an award.
Sponsorships, nominations, and bookings are now open. Nominations close on October 20.
Full details of the 2017 awards are can be found at www.dcnawards.com.au