Omicron Outbreak in Australia Wreaking Havoc with Supply Chains

Australia’s Omicron wave has skyrocketed staff shortages in container logistics, putting the sector under “enormous strain”.

This week, local media reported bare supermarket shelves across the country, due to “up to half” of all truck drivers being absent from work, thanks to either a positive test result or isolation rules.

Industry sources say the country’s testing rules, combined with a lack of test kits for transport workers, is at the root of the disruption to supply chains.

According to Michael Kaine, national secretary ...

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Airport Congestion and Staff Shortages Means Cargo is not Getting Picked Up

Attempts by air cargo handlers to encourage forwarders to pick up freight at weekends are failing, according to two senior handling sources.

While the congestion at several airports, notably Amsterdam and Chicago O’Hare, has eased, handlers claim one of the biggest issues is lack of freight movements between Friday and Monday.

“We are experiencing cargo not being picked up by forwarders – that’s a sweeping statement, but in general, dwell times are increasing,” said Robert Fordree, head of cargo for Menzies. “Forwarders are ...

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Is The Supply Chain Broken?

Peter Cole, owner of Australian ecommerce company Urban Plant Growers is still waiting for his shipment two months after it was due to arrive in Sydney.  Cole’s $1.6 million order of hydroponic kits and lights, packed into two 40-foot shipping containers aboard a ship that set sail from Shenzhen, China, is still floating somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

It never used to be this way. Before the pandemic, Cole’s kit was manufactured, shipped, and ready to sell to his customers in ...

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Congestion Hits Air Cargo Flows – ‘Not seen this bad in 25 years’

Severe congestion across major airports appears to be hindering air cargo volumes.

Dynamic week-on-week global load factors fell 1.5% the week starting the 8th of November, according to the latest research from Clive Data Services.

The same week saw a 5.5% fall in global capacity, which should indicate higher load factors – but it seems demand fell.

While forwarders are reporting strong demand for air freight as the peak season takes off, the data suggests congestion on the ground is curbing volumes.

“There is ...

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Shipowners Make Payoffs to Free Vessels held by Indonesian Navy Near Singapore

This article is originally from Reuters.com

More than a dozen shipowners have made payments of about $300,000 apiece to release vessels detained by the Indonesian navy, which said they were anchored illegally in Indonesian waters near Singapore, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The dozen sources include shipowners, crew and maritime security sources all involved in the detentions and payments, which they say were either made in cash to naval officers or via bank transfer ...

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Releases Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2020-21- Revealing that Supply Chain Disruptions are leaving Australian Businesses Vulnerable

The disruption to the container supply chains has left Australian businesses vulnerable, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC released its annual container stevedore monitoring report which looks at the impact of the current global logistics crisis on Australia’s container trade, as well as the prices, costs, and profits of stevedores at Australia’s international container ports. This report showed that delayed shipments and rapidly rising freight rates were putting “intense pressure” on importers and exporters.

The commission ...

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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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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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