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Victoria International Container Terminal Hit By Industrial Action

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has released a statement warning of serious industrial action at their Port of Melbourne terminal.  As detailed in their statement below there will be no work between 4pm and 8 pm tomorrow and further stoppages on Friday through to Sunday. While VICT will extend landside hours, it is very likely that port operations will be impacted as they were during last year’s action at Patrick and DP World.

VICT is widely used by most consortiums, in particular the A3 services from China. This type of action creates backlog in the terminal and results in vessels missing berthing windows and therefore causing delays.

Please note the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has provided further notice for Protected Industrial Action covering a work ban and stoppage at VICT as follows.

Victoria International Container Terminal Limited today released the following statement:

  • Tuesday 16 February, Four-hour stoppage from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. During this period the entire terminal will stop operations
  • The MUA intends to stop work for a full 12-hour shift on Friday, 19 February, commencing 6:00pm.
  • Further 12-hour shift bans are threatened for Sunday, 21 February at 6.00 am, following immediately by a 24-hour ban commencing at 6;00pm, 21 February - therefore incurring a 36-hour concurrent stoppage of all VICT’s operations and equipment maintenance.
  • From Monday February 22, VICT’s control room will be banned from operating cranes unless the operations of each crane is unnecessarily manned by a dedicated quayside supervisor.
    • These restrictive work practices would impose on VICT’s automated technology workplace organisation favoured by the MUA that is still in place at manned terminals around Australia. VICT’s technology and Safe Working Method Statements allows the safe operation of cranes without dedicated supervisors.
  • In addition the MUA has imposed an indefinite ban on overtime, various restrictions on communications phone use and bans on interaction with anyone outside Australia.      

VICT will be extending landside hours to 6:00pm on Saturday 20 February and can further increase if there is demand.

Our transport teams will update you on revised deliveries but unfortunately there is likely to be short notice of delay resulting from the above.