February 13, 2024
On the ocean
Oceania import, export and coastal service remain in place, with the number of sailings offered reflective of the current market environment.
As we are currently in BMSB season, there is an additional risk for vessels found to be contaminated as they may incur additional delays on top of the existing challenges.
In ports and terminals
Ports across Australia remain heavily congested due to a large amount of cargo arriving with seed contamination. With most terminals across the country filling with quarantined cargo, we are working with local partners as well as our own processing facilities to secure additional capacity for import cargo.
Melbourne - Terminal congestion continues to be a challenge, though the number of quarantine-held shipments is coming down. Delays are currently between 5-14 days. Alternative arrangements made now for Melbourne vessels to discharge at Appleton dock (as opposed to MIRRAT) to provide quicker discharge opportunities.
Port Kembla - Port congestion and vessel delays have significantly improved as inbound volumes are becoming more stable and consistent. Current delays are between 3-5 days.
Brisbane - Currently experiencing regular delays in Brisbane due to berth congestion, with 20 percent of the terminal being used to hold quarantine cargo. Current delays are between 3-7 days.
Fremantle - No major delays at the moment, though the berthing schedule is impacted by vessel bunching and non-RoRo vessels spending more time in port. Delays are currently between 1-5 days, but the situation is improving.
Auckland - Regular delays of 1-2 days due to berth congestion and vessel bunching.
At our equipment processing centers
Capacity remains tight across all of our sites, as volumes remain strong. In addition, global parts shortages are impacting our operations and are causing us to make some adjustments to our working schedules. Though we are working closely with our customers to have accurate forecasts for the remainder of the year. We also continue to make necessary investments to support our diverse and expansive customer base.
Delays with road and rail transport continues to be a challenge, as equipment, labor and logistics congestion have caused customers to look at less traditional methods to move their cargo around the country. Haulers across multiple delivery modes (automotive, heavy haulage, linehaul etc.) are looking to invest in additional resources, equipment and also seek efficiency gains, to support the expected volumes.