Shipping Industry Braces as China Experiences their Worst Covid Outbreak in a Year

05/08/21

Shipping will need to start to make contingency plans if cases of Covid-19 continue to escalate in China, one of the world’s most important nations for shipping movements.

The delta variant has broken through the country’s virus defences, which are some of the strictest in the world, and reached nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks. While the overall number of infections — more than 360 so far — is still lower than Covid resurgences ...

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Industry Colleagues Call for the Creation of a Federal Maritime Regulator for Australia

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) joined industry colleagues in a meeting with the Hon Dan Tehan (minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) on Friday 30th July 2021 to follow up the meeting that was held on 2nd June 2021 regarding the further deterioration in shipping capacity and the rapid escalation in shipping costs.

FTA and APSA again have re-stated its call for the creation of a new federal maritime regulator, similar to the US Federal ...

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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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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

Maritime Union of Australia Agrees to Withdraw Industrial Action

Thursday 11th November:

As per the below, Patrick Terminals applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) seeking to terminate industrial action being undertaken by the MUA due to the significant economic harm that the action was causing.

As part of this process, Patrick Terminals and the MUA attended a long conciliation session on Wednesday 10th November at the Fair Work Commission in an attempt to ...

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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.

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Update on the situation at Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen, China

As of 2/06/21 from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC):

“There is an ongoing congestion issue at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), and that yard density remains high.

A number of COVID-19 cases had emerged at the port last week, and tightened health and safety measures have been rolled out by local authorities.

The overall operation productivity at YICT has been adversely impacted, and we expect the current vessel berthing delays and port congestion situation will likely continue for at least a week.

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