Global Port Congestion Worsens, 116 Ports Report Disruption

Written 22/07/21

The port congestion issue has stretched around the globe with large numbers of container ships idling, waiting for berth spaces to open up across five continents.

As of 3.20pm Singapore time today, there were 328 ships idling in front of ports around the world with 116 ports reporting congestion.

Data from the same reporter a month ago showed 304 ships idling in front of ports and 101 ports reporting disruption.

In May this year the time container ...

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Cargo Ship Has Sunk After Sailing While Under A Detention Order in Liberia

17 persons are feared dead and 11 others rescued after a cargo ship under a “detention order” has sunk on the waters in Maryland County.

The Liberian-registered Niko Ivanka left the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday (17/07) for a port in the West African country’s south, despite being under a detention order for failing to meet basic safety requirements.

The vessel sent out a distress signal Saturday afternoon, notifying the coastguard that it had taken on water. By the time authorities arrived, ...

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Australia’s Illegal Logging Laws Review

The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment has commenced a review of Australia’s illegal logging laws and is seeking stakeholder input.

Illegal logging is a significant global problem due to its impacts on forest degradation, climate change, habitat loss and community livelihoods in developing timber producing countries. Deforestation and degradation of tropical forests in the Asia-Pacific through illegal logging also constitutes a threat to Australia promoting legal and sustainable forest management in countries of this region.

Illegal logging has been ...

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Container ship explosion in Dubai felt by residents 25km away

A container ship explosion has sent a shock wave through Dubai and damaged one of the world’s largest ports.

The blaze sent up giant orange flames on a vessel at the crucial Jebel Ali Port, which is the busiest port in the Middle East.

The explosion unleashed a shock wave through the skyscrapers of the city of Dubai, causing walls and windows to shake in neighbourhoods as far as 25 kilometres away.

The blaze was caused by a container holding flammable material, Dubai ...

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Two Western Australian men charged over cocaine importation

Two Perth men have been charged over the cocaine importation of 3.99 kilograms into WA, worth a potential $1.6 million, hidden in purses sent from the United Kingdom.

Australian Federal Police will allege the package of purses was delivered to the Willagee home of a 28-year-old man and he was arrested after he allegedly opened the consignment.

Further police inquiries allegedly revealed a Southern River man, also 28, was also involved in the importation and he was arrested.

An investigation into the importation ...

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Yantian Port returns to full operations, box backlog expected to take weeks to clear

Yantian Port has resumed normal operations after a month-long cut in productivity brought about by a Covid-19 outbreak. Shippers have been warned it will take many weeks to clear up the immense container backlog in south China that has brought further strain to global supply chains over the past four weeks.

A note sent to clients on Tuesday 23rd June from Yantian International Container Terminals states: “Currently, COVID-19 has been effectively under control in the port area, and the operation capacity ...

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China’s trade bottleneck could be worse than the Suez Canal blockage

After tens of trillions of dollars in government stimulus around the globe, the demand for goods has never been so high. As a result, China’s factories have been working overtime to produce all the consumer goods households around the world have purchased with their stimulus funds.

In recent months the Delta variant of Covid has been spreading throughout parts of southern China, impacting everything from dock workers to truck drivers.

As of June 10, more container loads of freight were already being ...

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Protected Industrial Action being taken by the Maritime Union of Australia

Last updated 26/07/21

What is Industrial Action? 

A key objective of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) is achieving productivity and fairness in the workplace through the implementation of collective bargaining underpinned by simple good faith bargaining obligations and clear rules governing industrial action.

Industrial action can take several forms. Employees may go on strike (i.e. refuse to attend or perform work) or impose work bans (i.e. refuse to perform all their normal duties). In ...

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Five arrested and 77kg of heroin seized in WA – the biggest in the State’s history

Five men have been arrested in Western Australia over the importation of 77 kilograms of heroin, which Australian Border Force (ABF) allegedly found in a consignment of industrial kitchen equipment which arrived from Malaysia.

It is believed to be the biggest heroin seizure in WA’s history.

Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force, with the assistance of ABF, arrested the men on Tuesday 8 June (2021), after ABF officers at the Perth container facility allegedly found the illicit drugs last month.

After ...

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Australian Border Force (ABF) Target Asbestos in Imported Building Products

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is undertaking a targeted period of action against imported building products at risk of containing asbestos. Asbestos is a prohibited import. 

Asbestos is a Tier 1 good under the Customs Regulation 2015, and carries significant penalties for its unlawful importation. Offences relating to asbestos importation by individuals can attract fines of up to $222,000 or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater, and/or imprisonment for up to five years. For a body corporate the ...

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