Container Ship Catches Fire After Containers Lost Overboard

The Zim Kingston, a 2008-built 4,253 boxship, lost 40 containers overboard on Friday (22/10) in rough seas 70 km west of the Juan de Fuca Strait, which runs between Canada and the US south of Vancouver Island. The Coast Guards of both countries have issued warnings for ships in the area to watch for floating containers. They are also working together to monitor the containers.

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295kg of Methamphetamine Found in Excavator in NSW

Three men have been charged following an Australian Federal Police-led investigation into the importation of approximately 295 kilograms of methamphetamine into New South Wales hidden inside an excavator.

The men were arrested at their Sydney homes after an investigation launched in July 2021 following the arrival of an excavator from Hong Kong into Sydney.

AFP investigators and forensic specialists, and Australia Border Force officers examined an excavator that arrived into Port Botany and allegedly found a concealment containing a crystalline substance hidden ...

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Ports in the Shenzhen Region Suspends Operations due to Tropical Storm

12/10/21

Chinese officials have issued warnings and ordered ports in the Shenzhen region to suspend operations as a strong tropical storm approached the region after bringing heavy rain to the Philippines. At least nine people have been killed in the northern and western Philippines and 16 others are missing due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain.

Hong Kong’s weather department issued a No 8 warning signal, the second typhoon warning for the city in days. Over the ...

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Patrick Terminal Melbourne – Positive COVID-19 Case

12/10/21

At Patrick Terminal in Melbourne, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (1/10). The contract tracing process has identified 22 close contacts and 31 casual contacts. The close contacts will need to isolate for 14 days regardless of test results. In total, this represents approximately 20% of the workforce and will have a significant impact on Melbourne operations. 
 
Michael Jovicic, CEO Patrick Terminals, said: “On Friday, we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 ...

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Queensland Woman Charged with Importing 14kg of Methamphetamine

A 29-year-old Queensland woman has faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with allegedly importing about 14kg of methamphetamine from Mexico.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the alleged drugs concealed inside boxes labelled as Mexican handicrafts that had arrived in international airfreight at Brisbane Airport.

Presumptive testing of a white powder concealed in the boxes returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police and officers created a replica consignment that was delivered to a Surfers Paradise address.

The ...

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Anticipated Permit Application Assessment Delays – The Department

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment would like to provide an update on turnaround times for permit applications to import animal and microbial derived goods for human consumption, human therapeutic use, human cosmetic use, and ornamental goods.

As of 20 September 2021, the department is experiencing delays of several weeks to the normal permit assessment processing times.

While the department aims to process permit applications within twenty business days, as per the service charter, the process of assessing permit applications ...

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Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) Suspends Operations

Written 23/09/21

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) management has advised that a second employee has returned a positive COVID test.

To ensure the safety of all, VICT ceased operations across the whole site effective late last night.

Notice from VICT:

“We will remain closed for the remainder of day shift today with the earliest possible opening time being 18:00 this evening.

As soon as that or any other planned opening time is confirmed, we will advise transport and release the block currently ...

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Where in The World is My Cargo?

Written 22/09/21

It can almost be guaranteed that everyone at least once in their life has thought “where in the world is my cargo?” when expecting a consignment that hasn’t arrived yet, however, with the shipping industry the way it currently is you might be waiting a bit longer than usual.  The shipping industry has been hit with a number of things including: high demand, severe port congestion, industrial action, port closures due to COVID, lack of ...

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Hutchison Terminal Port Botany Operations Update

On Saturday 18th September, Hutchison Port Botany reported cancelled slots since 0600 due to an ‘unforeseen event’ with the terminal being closed throughout the afternoon/evening resuming at 2200.

Following this notification, Hutchison Port Botany have again advised cancelled slots today (Monday 20 September 2021) ‘until further notice’.

Terminal management have again stated the reason for the action as an ‘unforeseen event’ with preliminary advice indicating 0600 to 1500 will be immediately affected.

The Terminal ...

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BICON Update – Methyl Bromide Fumigation Certificate Requirements for Khapra Beetle

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 192-2021 advising of minor revisions to the methyl bromide fumigation certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle (khapra measures).

What has changed?

From 30 September 2021, the department will make minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle.

IMPORTANT: There is no change to the ...

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