Australia

Port of Newcastle responds to MUA’s protest

Following yesterday’s news that Wharfies at port of Newcastle are to protest against the new crane, the port released a statement, responding to the Maritime Union of Australia. The workers are against the new crane, supporting that the project will bring additional personnel and thus put at risk the work and available hours for existing stevedoring workers and corporations.

Wharfies at port of Newcastle protest over new crane

Dockworkers from three stevedoring corporations at the Port of Newcastle in Australia, held a 4-hour stop work meeting in order to protest for the arrival of a new bulk uploading crane which according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), could potentially threaten job security.

US Navy to build port facility in Australia

The US is planning to construct further military infrastructure in Australia, when the Congress gives approval to the US Navy to be allocated $211.5 million, according to the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. Australian media reporting that the US wants to build a new port facility near Darwin.

Australia launches pilot hydrogen project at Port Hastings

Construction has begun on liquefaction facilities linked to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project at Port Hastings in Victoria, which will look at the feasibility of turning brown coal from the Latrobe Valley into hydrogen, which would then be liquefied and exported to Japan. The project has the potential to create $2 billion in exports for Australia.

DP World Australia calls for an end to docker strikes

Amid a recently announced strike of stevedores in major Australian ports, DP World Australia expressed its disappointment and called for an end to the escalating industrial action, ‘particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts’.

Australian dockers proceed to strikes at DP World Terminals

The Maritime Union of Australia reported that wharfies are striking for 48 hours at DP World’s Brisbane, Sydney and Fremantle container terminals, and for 96 hours in Melbourne, to fight against automation, outsourcing, cuts to income protection insurance.

New container terminal at Port of Townsville to deliver new jobs

Australia’s Port of Townsville is set to acquire a 1.6-hectare container terminal at berth 4 in a bid to increase logistics capability, as part of the Port’s $30 million Crane and Cargo Terminal project. Townsville construction company Formset has been awarded a $10 million contract to build the terminal. 

Ports Australia to give emphasis on sustainability

Ports Australia published a document highlighting sustainability. Named Ports and a Sustainable Australia, the report presents efforts from ports around the country to improve Australia for future generations. The report is separated into five categories provided by the World Ports Sustainability Program that sorts the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a way that can be applied to Ports.

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