Covid Slows China Port Volume Growth, as Tianjin Enters New Lockdown

Wednesday 25/05/22

Container volumes at China’s ports increased slightly during January-April, despite the impact from widespread Covid restrictions, including another lockdown in Tianjin.

According to China’s ministry of transport, port volumes increased 1.7% year on year during the period, to 91m teu, with 23.6m handled in April alone.

The Covid-related disruption is continuing at ports across the country and a freight forwarder has noted that Tianjin was the latest major port city to go into lockdown.

The forwarder said: “Carriers have cancelled ...

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Supply Chain Stakeholders Enter ‘Uncharted Waters’

Wednesday 25/05/22

As Shanghai slowly prepares to open, the attention of supply chain stakeholders turns to the potential manufacturing and congestion aftershocks from the two-month Covid lockdown.

Shipping lines have been regularly updating customers on the status of empty-container depots and the availability of line haulage, but have little visibility of how intermodal capacity will look when the lockdown ends.

“We are in unchartered waters, and I think it will be a ‘suck it and see’ situation we will have to ...

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Ship Captain Charged Over WA 320kg Cocaine Plot

Tuesday 24/05/22

The AFP has charged the 51-year-old Master of an international bulk shipping carrier for his alleged role in the plot to import 320 kilograms of cocaine into Australia via regional Western Australia.

The Montenegrin national, is expected to face South Hedland court today (Tuesday, 24 May 2022) after he was arrested on the cargo vessel Interlink Veracity yesterday and later charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs.

The AFP arrested the man after a forensic examination ...

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More than 1 Tonne of MDMA Seized, 6 Men Sentenced

Monday 11/04/22

The final member of a syndicate related to an importation of one tonne of MDMA into Sydney in 2020 has been sentenced by a Sydney court.

The 24-year-old Cabramatta West man was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three years and nine months, by the Downing District Court on 1 April 2022.

This sentencing brings the combined sentences of the six syndicate members to more than 26 years’ imprisonment.

The MDMA was seized ...

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Patrick Terminals Employees Vote up New Enterprise Agreement

Friday 18/03/2022

After two years of negotiation, the new Patrick Terminals Enterprise Agreement has been voted up by employees across all four Patrick terminals.
 
The new deal provides Patrick Terminals with increased operational flexibility to better meet customers’ needs and service the changing supply chain landscape. The new agreement provides Patrick Terminals with the right to recruit at their discretion without restrictive union quotas.
 
Michael Jovicic, CEO Patrick Terminals said, “We are pleased ...

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2021 Shipping Industry Recap

2021 proved to be a very challenging year for shippers, but an exceptionally profitable one for ocean carriers and containership owners.

Soaring freight rates – both short-term and contract – along with a dysfunctional and, at times, broken supply chain heaped more misery onto the shipper community over the past year.

Following the Chinese New Year in mid-February, there was a brief glimmer of hope that rates had peaked and carriers were beginning to regain some semblance of schedule reliability – but ...

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