February 1, 2023
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
Auckland - Regular delays due to berth congestion, currently between 1-3 days depending on vessel bunching.
Melbourne - Terminal congestion continues to be a challenge. Major Quarantine issues for all vessels coming. (largely seasonal / seed related) Current delays are approximately 7-8 days.
Port Kembla - Both terminal yards and berths are more congested than usual due to an increasing number of vessels calling the port. The increase of both import and export volumes are also impacting quarantine holds. Current delays are approximately 4-5 days.
Brisbane - Currently experiencing regular delays in Brisbane, due to berth congestion. Some vessels are also facing Quarantine-related delays during discharge, but also impacts non-affected vessels berthing availability. Delays for non-affected vessels is approximately 2-6 days.
Fremantle - Delays are approximately 2-6 days, though can be as high as 10 days or more if vessels have some sort of quarantine issue.
At our equipment processing centres
Operations: Business is expected to be as usual, with operational and build planning in place to ensure no customer delays. National industry wide labor shortages have been present for the industry as a whole, including several of our competitors, We continue to take innovative measures to combat this issue.
Global part shortages have meant delays / schedule adjustments for several customers, we continue to stay close and adjust our internal schedules accordingly.
We are continuing to work closely with our customer base, to forecast build and storage schedules and capacities for 2023 volumes. Our cargo mix is varied in terms of segment and seasonality, so planning and forecasting data from our customers is paramount.
We welcome the opportunity for additional workload across our Australian network, as all states relish the opportunity of growth. Investment where required to support our diverse and expansive national customer base continues to be considered where required.
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. 2023 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.