Service Disruptions at DP World Terminals

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Industrial Action and ECP Concerns – Update #5 – 5/04/2019

In positive news the CFMMEU has formally agreed to lift all forms of industrial action nationally. 

Unfortunately, Hutchison Port in Brisbane have advised that due to protected industrial action by stevedoring employees, the terminal will be closed to operations today 5 April 2019 for 24 hours.

In addition, Fremantle DP World terminal will close this afternoon for 8 hours. This is not from industrial action but will delay container collections today.

Empty container parks (ECPs) continue to be disrupted by a combination of industrial relations issues and commercial decisions. Some ECPs will close over Easter and / or Anzac Day as well as the weekend periods, adding significant strain and cost to transporters and ultimately our customers. 

Current known disruptions caused by Industrial Action;

Friday 5 April 2019

BRISBANE

  • Hutchison Ports 24 hours from 0700 – 0700 Saturday 6 April 

Non-Industrial Closure

FREMANTLE – Non-industrial Closure

  • DP World 1400 – 2200 Friday 5th April

Current Impact;

– Still experiencing delays as the backlog clears as well as port rotation changes already in place.

– Late arrival and docking of vessels.

– Changes to which terminal the vessels will use – requires amendment to EDO.

– Change to port rotation – requires amendments to Customs entry.

– Ongoing delayed deliveries to and from the wharf.

– Additional costs including but not limited to;

  • Waiting time charges.
  • Missed slot fees.
  • Additional Attendance charges.
  • Empty Container Park associated costs.
  • Detention charges.
  • Increased administrative costs due to amended terminals/ first port of calls etc.  

Potential future impact in addition to current;

– Ongoing delayed deliveries to and from the wharf after the industrial action has ended as the backlog is dealt with;

– Potential future costs;

  • Additional transport costs should the shipping lines be forced to discharge containers at an alternative port.

What Henning Harders are doing;

  • Henning Harders has been working with our partners to mitigate the impact and provide interim and potentially longer-term solutions for our clients.
  • Regular updates via our website.
  • Appealing to shipping lines for increased free days.

What can you do;

  • Ensure that we receive documents as early as possible after departure for imports.
  • Space out containers and avoid shipping many orders on the same vessel or at the same time.
  • Discuss any deadlines with your Key Account Manager as early as possible.
  • Take note that some ships may not call effected ports, discharging containers elsewhere.
  • Advise your Key Account Manager of any opportunities to receive containers outside of your usual receiving hours. 

When will the situation return to normal;

Based on the latest update, we are hopeful that working times will return to normal. We are however unsure of the extent of the backlog but welcome the return to work especially as we head into two short weeks over Easter. Please continue to monitor our website for updates and discuss any concerns with your Key Account Manager.


Industrial Action Escalation – Update #4 – 1/04/2019

The situation has unfortunately escalated; The MUA has given notice of 24-hour stoppages this in addition to the ban on employees working in tasks above their normal grade, overtime, shift extensions, accepting late call ins and no advanced or delayed start times.

Current known disruptions;

Rail operations at DP World were closed from 1400 Friday 29th March and due for reopen this morning 0600,
1 April 2019. 

Monday 1 April 2019

SYDNEY

  • 2 hours from 1200 – 1400 (No slots for 1100, 1200 & 1300 zones)
  • 2 hours from 2000 – 2200 (No slots for 1900, 2000 & 2100 zones)

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Tuesday 2 April 2019

SYDNEY

  • 2 hours from 0400 – 0600 (No slots for 0300,0400 & 0500 zones)

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours. 

BRISBANE

  • 8 hours from 0700 – 1500

Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal.

Thursday 4 April 2019

SYDNEY

  • DP World 24-hour, no slots from 0500 

Friday 5 April 2019

BRISBANE

  • 24 hours from 0700 – 0700 Saturday 6 April

Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal. 

FREMANTLE

  • 8 hours from 1400 – 2200 

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours. 

Wednesday 10 April 2019

SYDNEY

  • DP World 24-hour, no slots from 0500 

Wednesday 1 May 2019

SYDNEY

  • DP World 24-hour, no slots from 0500 

Current Impact;

  • Late arrival and docking of vessels.
  • Changes to which terminal the vessels will use – requires amendment to EDO.
  • Change to port rotation – requires amendments to Customs entry.
  • Ongoing delayed deliveries to and from the wharf.
  • Additional costs including but not limited to;
  •  Waiting time charges.
  •  Missed slot fees.
  •  Additional Attendance charges.
  •  Empty Container Park associated costs.
  •  Detention charges.
  •  Increased administrative costs due to amended terminals/ first port of calls etc.

Potential future impact in addition to current;

  • Ongoing delayed deliveries to and from the wharf after the industrial action has ended as the backlog is dealt with;
  • Potential future costs;
    • Additional transport costs should the shipping lines be forced to discharge containers at an alternative port.

What Henning Harders are doing;

  • Henning Harders has been working with our partners to mitigate the impact and provide interim and potentially longer-term solutions for our clients.
  • Regular updates via our website.
  • Appealing to shipping lines for increased free days.

What can you do;

  • Ensure that we receive documents as early as possible after departure for imports.
  • Space out containers and avoid shipping many orders on the same vessel or at the same time.
  • Discuss any deadlines with your Key Account Manager as early as possible.
  • Take note that some ships may not call effected ports, and your responsibility to move from discharged port.
  • Advise your Key Account Manager of any opportunities to receive containers outside of your usual receiving hours. 

When will the situation return to normal;

It is not yet known when the DP World situation will be resolved, please monitor our website for further information.


Industrial Action – Update #3 – 28/03/2019

We have received advice that the current DP World industrial action has extended to Rail Opaerations and additionally Patrick Stevedores is now being affected by a terminal closure due to an MUA meeting.

Disruptions;

Thursday 28 March 2019

SYDNEY

  • DP World has advised that rail operations will not operate from 2pm until 6am Friday 29 March 2019.
  • Patrick Fisherman Island terminal will be closed from 7am until 11am.

Friday 29 March 2019

BRISBANE

  • 4 hours from 0700 – 1100

Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal. 

Monday 1 April 2019

SYDNEY

  • 2 hours from 1200 – 1400
  • 2 hours from 2000 – 2200

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours. 

Tuesday 2 April 2019

SYDNEY

  • 2 hours from 0400 – 0600

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours. 

BRISBANE

  • 8 hours from 0700 – 1500

Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal.

Current Impact;

Late arrival and docking of vessels and port rotation changes.

  • Notification received from YM Vancouver v122S delayed into Sydney
  • Notification of port rotation change E.R. Sweden v001S.
  • Updated Notification E.R. Sweden v001S.change back to same rotation but delayed arrivals, schedule still tentative

Ongoing delayed deliveries to and from the wharf.

Additional costs including but not limited to;

  • Waiting time charges
  • Missed slot fees.
  • Additional Attendance charges.
  • Empty Container Park associated costs.
  • Detention charges.
  • Increased administrative costs.

Potential future impact;

Continued delayed deliveries to and from the wharf, after the industrial action has ended as the backlog is dealt with;

Additional costs including but not limited to;

  • Waiting time charges
  • Missed slot fees.
  • Additional Attendance charges.
  • Empty Container Park associated costs.
  • Detention charges.
  • Increased administrative costs.
  • Additional transport costs should the shipping lines be forced to discharge containers at an alternative port.

What Henning Harders are doing;

  • Henning Harders has been working with our partners to mitigate the impact and provide interim and potentially longer-term solutions for our clients.
  • Regular updates via our website.
  • Appealing to shipping lines for increased free days.

What can you do;

  • Ensure that we receive documents as early as possible after departure for imports.
  • Space out containers and avoid shipping many orders on the same vessel or at the same time.
  • Discuss any deadlines with your Key Account Manager as early as possible.
  • Take note that some ships may not call effected ports, discharging containers elsewhere.
  • Advise your Key Account Manager of any opportunities to receive containers outside of your usual receiving hours. 

When will the situation return to normal;

Patrick Stevedores management have advised the meeting today is unrelated to the ongoing industrial action at DP World and expect operations to continue after the meeting.

It is not yet known when the DP World situation will be resolved, please monitor our website for further information.


Industrial Action – Update #2 – 26/03/2019

Updated information has been provided this morning from DP World terminals across Australia; An “Advice of Intention to take Protected Industrial Action” has been received to take place on both the 1st and 2nd of April 2019. Intended stoppages are planned for 6 hours on the 1st April and 3 hours on the 2nd April.

Impact;

  • Ongoing delayed deliveries to and from the wharf.
  • Additional costs including but not limited to;
  • Waiting time charges
  • Missed slot fees.
  • Additional Attendance charges.
  • Empty Container Park associated costs.
  • Detention charges.
  • Increased administrative costs. 

Potential future impact;

Continued delayed deliveries to and from the wharf, after the industrial action has ended as the backlog is dealt with.

Additional costs including but not limited to;

  • Waiting time charges.
  • Missed slot fees.
  • Additional Attendance charges.
  • Empty Container Park associated costs.
  • Detention charges.
  • Increased administrative costs.
  • Additional transport costs should the shipping lines be forced to discharge containers at an alternative port.

What Henning Harders are doing;

  • Henning Harders has been working with our partners to mitigate the impact and provide interim and potentially longer-term solutions for our clients.
  • Regular updates via our website.
  • Appealing to shipping lines for increased free days.

What can you do;

  • Ensure that we receive documents as early as possible after departure for imports.
  • Space out containers and avoid shipping many orders on the same vessel or at the same time.
  • Discuss any deadlines with your Key Account Manager as early as possible.
  • Take note that some ships may not call affected ports, discharging containers elsewhere.
  • Advise your Key Account Manager of any opportunities to receive containers outside of your usual receiving hours.

When will the situation return to normal;

It is not yet known when this situation will be resolved, please monitor our website for further information.


Industrial Action – Update #1

Industrial Action at DP World Terminals

As broadcast in the media, and previously communicated, services at DP World terminals around Australia are currently being impacted by industrial action applied by the CFMMEU (Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union).

As recent as this morning, timeslots have been cancelled by DP World in Sydney and our transport partners have been unable to carry out deliveries as planned. Additionally, the transport operators have experienced extended waiting time at the terminals to be loaded, on average between 3 and 4 hours.

Operations impacted at DP World Sydney

Henning Harders have been working with our transport providers since last week. All attempts were made to try and collect containers over the weekend, following notice late on Friday (22/03) to all transport operators that an ‘unscheduled outage & disruption’ would be impacting operations at DP World Sydney. This has hindered container collections and lodgments from 5pm 22/03 until 6am Saturday morning 23/03, and again last night 24/03, advice was provided that all operations at DP World Port Botany had been cancelled until 6am this morning 25/03. We continue to work closely with our transport partners to clear the backlog and arrange deliveries as soon as possible. 

At this time is has been reported that these actions are very likely to continue and further disruptions at DP World terminals across the country will be felt. It is not yet known when this situation will be resolved, or when services will continue as usual. 

Impact minimisation

The impact of these industrial actions put significant strain on all parties within the supply chain and the costs associated are unfortunately borne by the Australian Importers and Exporters. Henning Harders will continue to work with our transport providers to minimise these where ever possible. The strike action has thus far had an impact on waiting time costs, missed slot fees as well as the need for additional handling costs. The congestion and delays felt at this stage will have a flow on effect on the return of empty containers which will influence detention costs and empty container park congestion and waiting time charges. The costs caused by these extenuating circumstances will need to be passed on. Please also note that if there is no resolution to the current strike action, there is risk of even further costs being incurred, as some Shipping lines may be forced into discharging containers at alternative ports, where the responsibility will be on the owner of the goods to move those containers around Australia. 

We would like to advise all our customers to ensure that Henning Harders is in receipt of all required documentation as early as possible after departure. Discuss with your Key Account Managers and suppliers to space out your containers to avoid shipping many orders on the same vessel or at the same time, which will cause congestion upon arrival into Australia. Discuss any deadlines you may have with your Key Account Manager and implore your suppliers to ensure your orders are available for shipping as soon as possible. If you are in a position to receive containers during times which are outside of your usual receiving hours, this may be a more cost-effective option in some cases. Your Key Account manager can discuss this in further detail. 

Henning Harders have also initiated discussions with our shipping line partners in a bid to extend free time wherever possible to mitigate some of the additional costs which will be incurred.  We will endeavor to provide up to date information as it comes to hand, however please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with your Key Account Manager, who will work with you to find solutions wherever possible to this situation.

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