The containership APL England, which lost approximately 40 containers on 24 May off Sydney, was allowed to leave the port of Brisbane and set sail to China, where it is scheduled to undertake repairs.
Norwegian-based global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO) has entered a guilty plea in the Federal Court to criminal cartel conduct, according to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
AMSA has issued a direction ordering the owner of APL England to search for missing containers that were lost from their vessel off New South Wales last month. The direction also orders the owners to recover containers as agreed with AMSA.
Australia launched a criminal investigation regarding a COVID-19 infected cruise ship which was allowed to dock in Sydney before releasing thousands of passengers directly into the community.
The Victorian branch of the Maritime Union of Australia have refused to unload a cargo vessel in Melbourne, due to health and safety claims. This decision made Shipping Australia condemn the action.
Australian port authorities announced that all cargo vessels may enter any port after the timeframe of 14 days, to ensure that there is no potential case of COVID-19 onboard and amongst the crew. Yet, there are oppositions arguing that this decision may lead to supply chain shortages of goods for everyday consumer needs.
International maritime unions have called the Australian government to mitigate the decline of the Australian shipping industry and invest in the creation of a new strategic fleet to help Australia’s emergency response capacity to natural disasters, as well as protect the nation’s economic, environmental, fuel and national security interests.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that it has pledged to contribute US$10,000 in cash to aid the victims of wildfires, which have raged in Australia since September 2019, and support reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas.
Following the fires burning across Australia, two Canadian companies discussed the idea of a maritime joint firefighting force of launching 14 water bombing planes to assist in the operations of extinguishing the fires.
Wood Mackenzie recently published five issues focusing on project sanctions, exploration, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), energy transition and the IMO 2020 which will affect Asia Pacific’s upstream industry in the year of 2020.
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