Important Shipping Update

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Port of Brisbane Update

Due to the recent weather conditions experienced throughout South East Queensland, restrictions in vessel movements at the Port of Brisbane are in place. As a result, the Patrick Fisherman Islands Terminal is nearing cargo capacity.

Therefore, the Terminal has ceased the receival of empty export cargo from 15:00 on the 16th May 2022. In addition to this, selected vessel cargo receival windows have been amended.

These restrictions will remain subject to continuous review commensurate with updates from Maritime Safety Queensland and the Port of Brisbane; on the resumption of normal port movements.

Patricks has acknowledged the inconvenience that this has on an already strained supply chain and assured industry partners that operations will resume at the first opportunity, subject to the resumption of shipping movements.


Carriers make final port calls to Russia

The world’s top container lines paused bookings to Russia in the days after the invasion of Ukraine. However, some service continued, including efforts to evacuate liner-owned empty containers from Russian ports.

In the third week of April, automatic identification system (AIS) vessel-position data showed that at least 10 MSC container ships and five Maersk ships had either recently called or were planning to call in St. Petersburg in the Baltic Sea or Novorossiysk in the Black Sea.

MSC and Maersk are the largest and second-largest ocean carriers in the world, respectively. As of Wednesday, AIS data showed MSC’s calls to Russian ports were down to three ships: the 2,604-twenty-foot equivalent unit MSC Lara, arriving in Novorossiysk on Thursday, and the 2,490-TEU MSC Pamira III and 2,250-TEU MSC Andriana III, which recently departed Novorossiysk.

Maersk has now completely ended its Russian service. It announced the cessation “of all vessel operations” on May 4 with no further plans to reopen this trade lane.


Measures to prevent the introduction of foot and mouth disease into Australia

There is currently an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Indonesia. Due to this change in disease status, Indonesia will be removed from the department’s FMD-free country list.

To reduce the risk of a potential incursion and help Australia maintain its current FMD-free status the department has taken the decision to make changes to import conditions for goods imported from Indonesia.

Changes will apply to import conditions and permits for the following goods sourced from or manufactured in Indonesia:

  • Animal and environmental samples for laboratory use
  • Meat jerky or biltong
  • Peat (being black peat, peat moss, sphagnum peat moss or white peat)
  • Dairy, including:
    • Cheese and butter
    • Infant formula
    • Protein powders and supplements
    • Cheesecakes, cooked biscuits, cooked breads, cooked cakes or cooked pastries containing uncooked dairy fillings or toppings
    • Other products containing greater than 10% dairy

The department will contact all permit holders affected by this change to provide further information about the impact.

Vessels, and the goods and people they convey, also present potential pathways for the FMD virus. It is critical that existing requirements for cleaning and disinfection of conveyances are strictly adhered to.

Livestock carriers should be thoroughly cleaned of organic material and disinfected and disinfected in accordance with current requirements.

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