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08 June 2018 

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Containers overboard on YM Efficiency
On 31 May 2018, the Yang Ming Efficiency en-route from Kaohsiung in Taiwan to Port Botany loaded with 3307 TEU onboard, encountered rough weather along the central coast of NSW where a total of 83 containers fell overboard and an additional 30 containers moved or were damaged. Yang Ming have confirmed that the vessel sustained no damage to the hull or engine, with neither dangerous cargo or marine pollutant involved in the incident.

The YM Efficiency berthed at DP World in Port Botany this week, while salvage teams continue their efforts to recover the boxes lost overboard. Radar and satellite technology is set to be used to help track missing containers and specialist machinery is being used to clean up debris. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have launched an investigation to determine how the boxes fell overboard and assess the ship for compliance with the requirements of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention with regards cargo stowage and securing. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has also indicated it will be investigating the incident.

If any of your containers have been affected one of our staff members will contact you as soon as we have more information.

Smugglers Smoked Out
A joint operation between the Australian Border Force (ABF) Tobacco Strike Team and the Taiwan Customs Administration led to the seizure of more than 20 million cigarettes that were bound for Australian shores. Late last month, an investigation led by the ABF revealed two containers of interest that were being shipped from Vietnam to Taiwan and then onward to Australia. The containers were intercepted in Taiwan and upon inspection a large haul of cigarettes were found and seized by Taiwan Customs.

Worth about $14.2 million in evaded revenue had they made it into Australian market without duty being paid, ABF Assistant Commissioner Huey said that the money would likely flow straight to other criminal pursuits. With the ABF working closely with our international partners, we are able to work more efficiently to prevent smuggling and criminal endeavours such as this.

Investigations into the source of the tobacco and those involved in the shipment are continuing.

New Cranes for Melbourne Dock
DP World's Melbourne terminal located at West Swanson Dock recently acquired two new ZPMC quay cranes. The cranes stand over 70m high above the deck of vessel XZhen Hua 21 and were specifically designed to allow passage under the Westgate Bridge. Weighing 1,200 tonnes each, the cranes can lift 75 tonne, approximately equating to the weight of the Boeing 737.

DP World Australia’s chief officer operations terminals Max Kruse said: “The new ZPMC cranes are at the leading edge of port equipment and technology, and can service large vessels carrying up to 10,000 containers. Each crane is worth $14 million and is a key part of the investment in our Melbourne terminal. The new cranes and our continued investment in our terminals will ensure we can efficiently meet our customer’s future requirements.”

DP World Australia has recently spent AUD $180 million on port equipment nationally, $70 million of which was for the Melbourne Terminal.

By the end of March 2018, Melbourne terminal’s straddle carrier fleet will have received 21 replacement machines, and an additional ZPMC quay crane is due be delivered and commissioned by October 2018.

Changes to China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM)
Commencing 1 June 2018 and as per the release of Order No. 56 [2017] by China Customs pertaining to changes in regulations to the CCAM, all parties with inbound or outbound cargo to or from China will be required to comply with the following additional regulatory requirements:

• Submission of information must be made at least 24 hours prior to loading, for all vessels which are going to, via or out of any of the mainland ports in China

• Submission must also include an accurately detailed description of all goods declared under the Bills of Lading (BL). Generic descriptions such as “Agricultural Products, Freight All Kinds, Chemicals" etc., should be avoided and will be rejected.

Additional Shipping / Forwarding Instructions Requirements
1) The data requirements of the consignee, consigner and notify party
- Shipper Code / Contact Number – Mandatory (Phone Number, E-mail or Fax is recommended)
- Shipper AEO status (Authorized Economic Operator) – Optional, If there is, it will help to fast clearance).
- Consignee’s Company Name / Code – USCI (Unified Social Credit Identification) or OC (Organization Code) – Mandatory
- Consignee Contact Number – Mandatory (Phone Number, E-mail or Fax is recommended)
- Name of Contact Person for Consignee including Phone Number – Mandatory
- Consignee’s AEO status (Authorized Economic Operator) – Optional.
- Notify Party’s Company Code – USCI or OC – Mandatory if Consignee is “To Order”
- Notify Party’s Phone Number – Mandatory if Consignee is “To Order”

2) Shipper or booking agent is responsible to provide accurate shipper/consignee’s company code. The list of code identifiers published by China Customs Authority as per attached.

Queen's Birthday Weekend Collection Surcharge
With the long weekend approaching, we have vessels available late on Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June that are time up on Monday 11 June (Queens birthday) from DP World.

In order to avoid storage from these vessels, collection of these containers will occur on the weekend, however this will incur a weekend collection surcharge of $137.00 per container. This surcharge will assist in covering the additional costs/overheads of carriers working the associated weekend/public holiday penalty rates.

Melbourne Fuel Levy Increase
For the past few years, Melbourne carriers have been absorbing the cost of fluctuating fuel prices. However, in the past few months, the price of fuel has steadily increased and as a result, Melbourne carriers have been forced to adjust the fuel levy. Melbourne carriers will be increasing the fuel levy by 2% effective as of Monday 4th June 2018.

Friday Funnies
We thought we'd throw in a Queen's Birthday laugh for fun today.