Australian Ports Update


Australia’s Patrick Terminals are again set to endure another round of Protected Industrial Action by Maritime Unions at a time when importers and exporters are struggling under current lockdowns and difficult economic environment.

A ban on overtime and a ban on performance of upgrades and/or work in higher level will be imposed at Sydney and Brisbane Autostrad Terminals from 10pm Friday 1st October until 6am 5th October. In addition, work stoppages will be applicable for 24hours on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd October, 2021.

Patricks Melbourne Autostrad Terminal will have a ban on overtime from 23rd September until 7am Thursday 30th September, 2021.

Patricks Fremantle Terminal will stop work from 11pm Friday 24th September until 11pm Sunday 26th September, 2021, as well as a ban on attending work when an employee is rostered as “off/avail” working overtime from 7am Tuesday 28th September until 7am 19th October, 2021..


Melbourne VICT Terminal Closed:

A second COVID outbreak closed VICT Terminal in Melbourne on Wednesday this week, latest update indicated the terminal would remain closed today, Friday 24th September 2021.


Xiamen, China Port:

Xiamen City has been locked down due to a COVID outbreak, as a result of the lockdown, depot and trucking operation have been abruptly halted. Terminal operation in Xiamen port has also been impacted but loading and discharging activities are continuing, for cargo already received at the terminal, as long as vessels are calling Xiamen port.


USA West Coast Ports:

Ports on the West Coast of USA, particularly Los Angeles and Oakland continue to suffer heavy congestion, last reports indicate 56 vessels are anchored off Los Angeles port awaiting a berth to discharge and load, this is the highest number of vessel to date at anchorage with congestion in the port and rail terminals extremely chaotic and severely affecting operations.

GPSM Transport Team will advise any clients affected by the Industrial situation on a case by case basis.