We reported yesterday that the MUA had withdrawn industrial action against DP World. It is not so with Patrick and Hutchison Terminals and this press release from Patrick Terminals (Patrick - Update on Protected Industrial Action 21 Sept) highlights increased action around Australia and the significant impact to their operations . They report being behind schedule of 12-14 days and have a backlog of 35,000 import and export containers awaiting loading or discharge around Australia.
This will continue to create significant issues on schedules in Australia and on the return voyages. Delays in vessels arriving into China ports are up to 7 to 12 days with many ports being omitted while transiting back to China. This is creating rolling backlog at origin ports with the reduced sailings caused by port omission. The rolling backlog is further exacerbated in the lead up to Golden Week and Peak Season in the Asia to Australia market.
Our customer service and sales teams will continue to update as information is made available.
Our industry representatives, FTA, are continuing its role of engagement on our behalf.
In line with our most recent media release, FTA / APSA will continue its important role of engagement with key industry and government stakeholders and in communicating evidence of the impacts of prolonged industrial action.
Paul Zalai - Director and Co-Founder, FTA / Secretariat, APSA