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Containers lost over board from ship off NSW Coast

APL England. Photo: Southern Cross Maritime

CONTAINER ship APL England has reported the loss of 40 containers overboard while sailing off New South Wales over the weekend.

The ship’s master reported the incident to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Sunday.

“Just after 6.10am, the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England experienced a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas about 73 kilometres south east of Sydney,” AMSA said in a statement.”

The ship was sailing from China to Australia.

“The ship’s power was restored within a few minutes but during this time the ship reported that it was rolling heavily, causing container stacks to collapse and several containers to fall overboard,” AMSA stated.

As well as the 40 containers lost overboard, another 74 containers are reported to have been damaged.

Six containers are reported to be protruding from the starboard side of the ship and three from the port side of the ship.

AMSA plans on using one of its challenger jets to proceed to look for containers and debris and to inspect the ship for any signs of damage or pollution.

From: Posted by David Sexton | 25th May, 2020

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PATRICK Terminals has announced another round of landside charge hikes (previously infrastructure surcharges) and terminal ancillary charges following a review.

According to Patrick, the charge recovers some of the full costs of providing landside operations and is essential in continuing to provide customers with “superior and efficient” landside service. 

From 9 March, the following charges are to apply:

Accordingly, effective from 9 March 2020, the following Landside charges will apply on full containers that enter and leave Patrick’s terminals:

Import Containers:

  • Sydney $114.50 per full container
  • • Fisherman Islands (Brisbane) $110.00 per full container
  • East Swanson (Melbourne) $125.80 per full container
  • Fremantle $50.00 per full container

Export Containers

  • Sydney $82.50 per full container
  • Fisherman Islands $82.50 per full container
  • East Swanson Dock $82.50 per full container
  • Fremantle $25.00 per full container

The landside charge is said to recovers a portion of the costs relating to capital investments and infrastructure.

“Patrick continues to make significant capital investment and commitments for the benefit of its customers,” the company said in a statement.

According to the company, as part of the landside charge review and in response to government and key stakeholder feedback, it was decided to differentiate the fees charged between import and export containers.

“This approach recognises the significant challenges currently being faced by our exporters from drought and bushfires,” the company stated.

“The landside charge will be applied to both road and rail transport operators for all full container movements, both import and export, made at the terminals. Road operators will be invoiced electronically via 1-Stop while rail operators will have the charge separately itemised on their rail invoice.

“We regret this change to our cost structure but without sacrificing infrastructure investment and further performance improvements, we have been left with no alternative in the current economic challenging environment,” the company said in a statement.”

Prior to Christmas, managing director of Qube (a part-owner of Patrick), said higher terminal charges were a logical by-product of the three stevedore model, with port companies having to recoup lost earnings elsewhere.

Freight Trade Alliance director Paul Zalai said it was “a clever move” from Patrick to introduce a differentiated fee between exporters and importers.

“This has obviously been implemented to take some heat away from our advocacy highlighting the impacts on high volume, low value exporters,” he said.

“Now that the Deloitte report has been released, the Victorian government can form their policy response. We also have the NSW Productivity Commissioner keeping a close eye on proceedings.

“We need to wind back stevedore-imposed infrastructure surcharges or experience a commensurate reduction in shipping line terminal handling charges.”

Mr Zalai said importers and exporters couldn’t “continue to get smashed with this double-whammy”.

“Something has to give and our regulators need to act,” he said.

Posted by David Sexton | 7th February, 2020

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Plane skids off cliff edge!

A passenger jet skidded off a runway and got stuck in the mud on the edge of a cliff in northern Turkey.

“We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run news agency Anadolu.

Dramatic images showed the white aircraft left dangling precariously on the muddy cliff face against the backdrop of the crystal clear blue waters of the Black Sea.

All 162 passengers and crew, who were on board the aircraft when it overshot the runway and nosedived downhill, were evacuated safely by emergency services. No one was hurt.

The aircraft crashed off the runway © Sky News Screen Grab The aircraft crashed off the runway The plane is on a cliff © Sky News Screen Grab The plane is on a cliff The Pegasus Airline’s Boeing 737-800 was flying from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport when it ended up careering off the runway on Sunday.

It is not yet known what caused the plane to skid off onto the cliff face.

The local governor, Yucel Yavuz, said an investigation had been launched into the incident.

The airport, situated in the Turkish province of the same name, was closed for several hours afterwards but has since reopened.

The aircraft narrowly missed the sea © Sky News Screen Grab The aircraft narrowly missed the sea

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Swire introduces Hobart service

Swire introduces Hobart service, Connecting the World to Tasmania.

Swire introduces Hobart service

With the introduction of direct calls to Hobart from November 2015, Swire Shipping will bring the world to Tasmania. Complementing our existing Tasmania calls into Bell Bay, the Service’s 9-day frequency enables efficient global connections into Hobart via Swire Shipping’s extensive network. Swire Shipping’s unparalleled multipurpose liner vessels cater to our customers’ shipping needs for containerised, refrigerated, hazardous, breakbulk and project cargoes.


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Import duties hold back high-tech companies

Import duties hold back high-tech companies

High-tech manufacturers are being hamstrung by Australia’s high import costs, according to research by global accountancy network UHY.

The Australian Financial Review reports that UHY found Australia’s import duties compared to GDP to be 0.46 per cent. This compared poorly to the EU’s main economies (0.13 per cent), the US (0.19 per cent) and Canada (0.21 per cent).

The managing partner of UHY Haines Norton, Michael Coughtrey, said that it was a handbrake on an area that could be generating significant wealth in the Australian economy as revenues from mining decrease.

Technologically sophisticated manufacturing businesses import a great deal of their components, as Australia lacked a critical mass to supply such companies, Coughtrey told The AFR.


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Ship operations stop at Port Botany

Ship operations stop at Port Botany

Ship operations stop at Port Botany.

Ports Authority of New South Wales has acted on the current state of weather, and on forecasts, to bring vessel movements to a halt at the ports of Botany and Jackson.

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