Townsville celebration takes BOC down memory lane

April 18, 2019

When BOC and transport company Nortrans celebrated 50 years of partnership last month in Townsville, two special guests almost stole the show.

Arthur Battle and Ted Behrendoff, both in their 90s, joined the celebration with Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole MP and staff from both organisations.

In 1969, Arthur who founded Nortrans, signed the first contract with BOC to provide one truck to transport gas across North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Ted was also there in those early days, driving trucks that looked very different to what we see today.

Five decades later and Nortrans has 36 gas-qualified drivers who now cover one million square kilometres for BOC. They deliver to some of the most remote locations in Australia – enduring the toughest of conditions.

And while Nortrans is now run by Arthur’s son Rodney Battle, and his grandsons Kent and Seeton – his legacy is evident in the strong safety culture they have built together with BOC.

A very big congratulations to the team at BOC and Nortrans on this special milestone. Check out more here.