Australia

Port Botany shuts down due to fires and smokes

Fires have been affecting Sydney, filling the city with smoke recently, the Port Botany is now expected to close again on December 10 for a second time within a week, as temperatures are expected to reach up to 40°C. On Thursday, December 5, 50 uncontrolled fires merged north of Sydney into a ‘mega fire’ on a 60 km front; the state department of health warned conditions were so hazardous that people had stay inside, leading to schools and university campuses to shut down.

Australia denies car carrier anchorage due to stink bugs

Australia prohibited the entrance of the cargo vessel “Orca Ace” in its waters, carrying over 3,500 cars and heavy machinery, feared of the potential biorisks that could follow as the ship was found with tiny but crucial brown marmorated stink bugs.

Australia maps steps to be taken for a hydrogen industry

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, published a report mapping the critical research steps Australia has to take to realize a hydrogen industry it says is potentially worth A$11 billion ($7.5 billion) a year by 2050.

ACCC wants to review decision on user funding at Port of Newcastle

The Australian Competition & Consumer Competition (ACCC) has applied to the Federal Court for a review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s recent decision regarding the terms of access by Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd (Glencore) to certain services at the Port of Newcastle.

Australia issues Bill improving superyacht industry

The Australian Government issued the “Special Recreational Vessels Bill 2019”, according to which foreign-owned superyachts will be able to charter in Australia, leading to 11,800 new jobs and A$1.64 billion in revenue to the Australian economy by 2021.

Watch: NASA space robot tested in Antarctica

Over the next few months, The Australian Antarctic Program will be collaborating with NASA in order to test an under-ice robot which may potentially be used in a space mission to look for signs of extra-terrestrial life. It is said that NASA engineers are already working on an underwater rover aspiring to tackle the challenges posed by ocean worlds like Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The robot in particular is called Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration or BRUIE.

New Bauxite Hills terminal’s design finalised

Rocktree Consulting, a division of Singapore-headquartered transhipment and logistics group Rocktree, conducted the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for a new floating terminal that will be operated by Australia’s Metro Mining Limited.

Infographic: Australian cruise sector contributes to AUD 5.2b output

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) published an infographic focusing on the Australian cruise industry and its development for 2018 to 2019, highlighting that the sector experienced an increase of 11.2% in its total value to the national economy in the past year.

Australian company launches VLSFO in compliance with IMO 2020

Viva Energy Australia is now in line with IMO’s regulation on sulphur fuel oil, as it launched its new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), after successful trials by customers which will be available in Melbourne and Geelong from October 2019.

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