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National Update – DP World Australia Industrial Action

Dear Valued Clients,

Further to our previous notice outlining operational implications (including rail) at Port Botany, we have received the following details from DP World Australia outlining broader national implications associated with the ongoing industrial action.

Ongoing Protected Industrial action at DP World Australia

Since the CFMMEU commenced Protected Industrial Action (PIA) at DP World Australia (DPWA) terminals on 19 March, we have struggled to secure sufficient labour and skills required to meet the needs of our customers.

We are cognisant that the ongoing bans and stoppages continue to impact our shipping line customers and supply chain partners.

We can confirm that we are in regular contact with all stevedore operators to secure any and all available capacity at their terminals across the four ports. We also continue to explore options to change vessel rotations and the elimination of port calls.

As you are aware the operating environment changes regularly, often multiple times a day.  The team at DPWA continue to work tirelessly to manage what is an extremely fluid environment and provide plans for vessels calling at our terminals.

Below are the upcoming dates we have received notice for PIA:

Monday 1 April 2019

SYDNEY
•    2 hours from 1200 – 1400
•    2 hours from 2000 – 2200

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Tuesday 2 April 2019

SYDNEY
•    2 hours from 0400 – 0600

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

BRISBANE
•    8 hours from 0700 – 1500

Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal.

Thursday 4 April 2019

SYDNEY
•    24 hours from 0600 – 0600 Friday 5 April

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Friday 5 April 2019

BRISBANE
•    24 hours from 0700 – 0700 Saturday 6 April

Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal.

FREMANTLE
•    8 hours from 1400 – 2200

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Wednesday 10 April 2019

SYDNEY
•    24 hours from 0600 – 0600 Thursday 11 April

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

SYDNEY
•    24 hours from 0600 – 0600 Thursday 2 May

All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.We will continue to update of any further stoppages that may develop.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Major Escalation of Industrial Action

Dear Valued Clients,

In a major escalation of the DP World Australia and Maritime Union of Australia MUA) Enterprise Agreement dispute, the MUA has given DP World Notice of Intention to take Protected Industrial Action at Port Botany including 24 hour stoppages on 4 April 2019, 10 April 2019 and 1 May 2019.

1 April: Stoppage from 1200 to 1400
1 April: Stoppage from 2000 to 2200
2 April: Stoppage from 0400-0600
4 April : 24 Hour Stoppage, No slots from 0500
10 April: 24 Hour Stoppage, No slots from 0500
1 May: 24 Hour Stoppage, No slots from 0500

Rail events

Rail continues to be particularly affected by the dispute, with DPWA forced to close rail operations from 2pm today Friday 29 March and re-opening 6am Monday 1 April. Major regional exporters and other rail users continue to suffer as a result of these delays, with significant cost and operational impacts.

We will continue to update of any further stoppages that may develop.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Rail Operations at DP World Sydney

Dear Valued Clients,

As you are aware, the CFMMEU is currently staging Protected Industrial Action at all DP World Australia (DPWA) terminals.

In addition to the terminal stoppages which continue to challenge DPWA, the CFMMEU has placed bans on employees working in tasks above their normal grade, overtime, shift extensions, accepting late call ins and no advanced or delayed start times. These bans restrict the ability of the business to deliver the required labour allocation.

As a result, DPWA has been forced to close rail operations at our Sydney terminal from 1400 Friday 29 March (today) to 0600 Monday 1 April.

We recognise the impact that these cancellations have on rail operators, your operations and customers. However, we hope that you will appreciate that the impact of these bans and the limitations on our operations is dynamic and changes rapidly.

We will continue to work with DP World Australia to minimise disruptions and to ensure that industry is aware of developments as they occur.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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MUA Dispute Impacting Rail Operations

Dear Valued Clients,

Please be noted of the following:

DP World Australia

We have been advised by DP World Australia that rail operations will not operate from 2pm tomorrow Thursday 28 March 2019 until 6am Friday 29 March 2019.

These closures are a result of continuing industrial action. These types of events are increasing in regularity and speak to the seriousness of the situation. Particularly affected are NSW regional exporters dependent on rail services to the Port.

We will continue to work with DP World Australia to minimise disruptions and to ensure that industry is aware of developments as they occur.

Patrick Stevedores

A reminder to members that the MUA will be holding a stop work meeting at Patrick Fisherman Island terminal tomorrow at Thursday 28 March 2019 from 7am until 11am. The terminal will cease yard/ship operations during this time.

We have been assured by Patrick management that this is not related to the ongoing Enterprise Agreement dispute currently affecting DP World Australia and Hutchison.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Hutchinson BNE Terminal Fee Increase

Dear Valued Clients,

Please be advised of the following Terminal charges which will change or apply as indicated below

• Hutchison has increased their Terminal infrastructure fee effective 15th April 2019 for all customers. The fee has increased to AUD 41.41 per container. 

Additionally SILA Global wish to bring to your attention that Hutchinson Sydney Terminal is likely to notify of an increase in the coming weeks. A revised update will be broadcasted once notice is received for this particular terminal.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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DP World Botany – Further Industrial Action

Dear Valued Clients,

We have received advice from DP World Australia Port Botany that they have received advice of Intention to take Protected Industrial Action on 1 April 2019 and 2 April 2019.

1/4/19 Stoppage from 1200-1400, No slots will be released for 1100, 1200 & 1300 zones. Work to resume 1400.

1/4/19 Stoppage from 2000-2200, No slots will be released for 1900,2000 & 2100 zones. Work to resume 2200.

2/4/19 Stoppage from 0400-0600, No slots will be released for 0300,0400 & 0500 zones Work to resume 0600.

Rail operations

Further to the previous advice received 22 March 2019, we understand that there were additional impacts on rail operations from 2200, Friday 22 March 2019 until 0600 today, Monday 25 March 2019 – furthermore the rail operations will not operate from 2200 tonight until 0600 tomorrow, Tuesday 26 March 2019.

In the event of closure of the DP World Australia rail operations, alternate arrangements are essential using receivals and deliveries by road. This will particularly impact exporters with potential delays and additional costs associated with the use of rail / road combinations.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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DP World Industrial Action – Update

Dear Valued Clients,

Please note below the latest update from DP World in relation to the industrial action at their sites.

The Protected Industrial Action (PIA) which commenced at DP World Australia (DPWA) terminals this week has been mitigated to the best extent possible, with all vessel and roadside operations continuing.

We will continue to explore every opportunity possible to minimise the disruption to our customers resulting from the irresponsible actions of the CFMMEU. These actions are deliberately causing harm to shipping lines, transport and rail operators, and employees who continue to lose wages.

The CFMMEU’s actions continue to be completely out of touch with the financial outlook of the Company and unsustainable in our competitive industry.

The Customer Centre with our terminals will continue to explore options to minimise disruption to our customers vessels.

We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we work through these challenges.

Friday 22 March 2019
SYDNEY

•    1 hour from 1300 to 1400
•    1 hour from 1400 to 1500
•    1 hour from 2200 to 2300
All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Saturday 23 March
MELBOURNE

•    1 hour from 1300 to 1400
•    1 hour from 1400 to 1500
•    1 hour from 2200 to 2300
All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours.

Sunday 24 March 2019
BRISBANE

•    1 hour from 0700 to 0800
•    1 hour from 1500 to 1600
•    1 hour from 2300 to 0000
Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal.

Sunday 24 March 2019
FREMANTLE

•    24 hours from 0600 to 0600 Monday March 25
All terminal operations will be stopped during these hours

Wednesday 27 March 2019
BRISBANE

•    24 hours from 0700 to 0700 Thursday 28 March
Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal

Friday 29 March 2019
BRISBANE

•    4 hours from 0700 to 1100
Vessel operations and road operations to the Old Terminal are affected. Road operations to the automated modules will continue as normal

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Industrial Action at DP World Australia

Dear Valued Clients,

As you may be aware the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has advised DP World Australia (DPWA) of its intention to commence industrial action at DPWA sites.

As of 1700 Friday afternoon we have been notified of protected industrial action at the following sites:

• Fremantle Terminal commencing 19 March 2019
• Port Botany Terminal commencing 22 March 2019
• Brisbane Terminal commencing 22 March 2019
• Melbourne Terminal commencing 23 March 2019

The protected industrial action advised to date includes bans on employees working in tasks above their normal grade, overtime, shift extensions, accepting late call ins and no advanced or delayed start times.  It also allows for one-hour and in the case of Fremantle 24 hour work stoppages.

What you need to know:
Minimising the customer disruption caused by the industrial action is our immediate priority. We are reviewing operational interim arrangements at our sites and will be working with vessel operators to minimise as far as practicable the impact to schedules.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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MUA announce national industrial action against DP World Australia

Dear Valued Clients,

Please be advised that the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have voted in support of taking rolling industrial action against DP World Australia (DPWA), including strikes and indefinite work bans, with actions to commence from next Friday.

The bans and strike action include bans on upgrades, bans on overtime and shift extensions, and a series of rolling work stoppages of between 1 and 24 hours.

Comments from the MUA, DPWA and Freight & Trade Alliance / Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) were published in today’s Australian Financial Review and are available on the CTAA website HERE.

FTA / APSA are in close contact with DPWA , who are working to minimise the disruptions, and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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Cyclone Disrupting Brisbane Ports

Dear Valued Clients,

Please be advised that Tropical Cyclone Oma is having a major impact on the Port of Brisbane.

Pilotage has been suspended and potentially will not resume until Monday 25/02/19, pending swell/weather moderation. Many vessel are being redirected or omitting Brisbane and we will update you as they come to hand.

Container Terminals and Empty parks are also preparing for the possible effects with closer notices are already circulating.

Kind Regards,

SILA Customer Service

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