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Port Botany Weather Conditions

Dear Customers

Weather conditions at Port Botany further deteriorated over night with ongoing high winds and heavy rain falls.

Container Terminals and Empty Parks were closed overnight and will remain closed while the poor weather continues.

The closures will effect FCL deliveries for containers currently on vessels at berth or on ground at the Port Botany Terminals as well as general road deliveries due to poor driving conditions and heavy traffic.

SILA will make contact with any receivers directly with delays today. We also ask to be mindful that there may be delays in dehiring empty containers due to closures.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any inquiries.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

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Sinotrans Shipping returns to the black

Hong Kong-listed Sinotrans Shipping, part of state-owned Sinotrans & CSC Group, recorded US$1.9m net profits for 2014, reversing the US$638,000 losses from the year before, thanks to considerable interest gains on banks loans.

The company pocketed US$15.82m in net finance income which was mainly contributed by US$18.2m interest income on bank deposits – a legacy from the US$1.47bn initial public offerings in Hong Kong eight years ago.

However, operating losses widened by 3.7% to US$27.6m last year as tonnage oversupply continued to haunt the shipping market and China’s weaker demand for commodities further weighed on the industry.

Revenue in its dry bulk business dropped by 13.8% year-on-year to US$621.1m, while shipping volume stood at 37.5m tonnes versus 40.4m tonnes in 2013.
Its container segment, mainly focusing on Intra-Asia area, fared relatively better, seeing revenue slide1.3% to US$585.2m.
Shipping volume totalled 898,935 teu, a decrease of 7% compared with 2013.

Last year, Sinotrans completed the internal acquisitions of a stack of assets from Sinotrans Group, including a dry bulk unit Sinochart, Sinotrans Container Lines and Sinotrans Tianze, a ship management firm in Shanghai.

“After the acquisition, we transformed our original relatively single business mode of ocean dry bulk shipping to a comprehensive business mode combining ocean dry bulk shipping and short-sea container shipping business,” it said.
Li Hua, Sinotrans’s managing director said during a press conference on Monday that the company is also seeking opportunities for external acquisitions and quality new business, amid a pessimistic outlook for dry bulk and container business.
Mr Li added that the company is considering a possible plan to enter into the clean energy shipping market, such as liquefied natural gas carrying, as China will largely increase its LNG consumptions under Beijing’s mounting concerns over environmental protection.

“We haven’t had a detailed plan, but it’s a big opportunity for us.”
In 2014, the company added 12 vessels, including six container carriers, four dry bulkers and two multipurpose vessels, into its fleet, while having scrapped two aged bulk carriers.
It has also booked 10 eco bulk ships which are expected for delivery in 2015.

Up to the end of last year, Sinotrans owned 62 vessels in total with an aggregate capacity of about 4.4m dwt and an average age of around 9.9 years.
The total controlled fleet consisted of 126 vessels with a total capacity of 8.8m dwt.
Please visit Lloyd’s List at http://www.lloydslist.com/sector/ship-operations/article458820.ece for the original article.

Kind Regards

SILA Customer Service

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NOTIFICATION FROM PATRICKS TERMINAL

Dear Valued Clients,

Please find below notification which has been received from Patrick Stevedoring in regards to their Port Botany redevelopment commencement date.

Customer Cutover Email

Please note that Patrick Terminal Port Botany will start to ramp down operations from Thursday 26th March 2015 leading into a full terminal closure which (will include all rail operations) on Sunday 29th March 2015 for a total of 4.5days.

On Thursday 02nd April 2015, Patrick Terminal will reopen as an automated facility with a ramp up period in place. With Easter holiday period beginning Friday 03rd April we anticipate that extra pressure will be put onto other Port Botany Container terminals during the closure and holiday period which may well lead to congestion and delays in being able to collect containers from wharf.

We would appreciate any clients with containers arriving from 25th March and approx. 10th April please request maximum amount of free time available, taking into consideration some lines will begin free detention period when containers are discharged NOT first available.

If any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your SILA representative.

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

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MUA Authorised Stop Work Meeting – Tuesday 24 February 2015

Please see below notification of stop work meeting at Patrick Brisbane Terminal:

18 February 2015

Client Advice – Authorised MUA 4hr Stop Work
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
0900 hours – 1300 hours
Please be advised, there will be a 4 hour stop work on Tuesday the 24 February 2015.
The Terminal gates will close at 0840hrs and re-open at 1240hrs.
There will be no Receival and Delivery or Ship Work scheduled during this period.
Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

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DP World Brisbane Terminal Infrastructure Surcharge – Increase to Charges

We have been advised by DP World Terminals that from 23rd February 2015 the Infrastructure Surcharge at DP World Terminal, Fisherman Islands QLD will increase by 7.50% per full container.

The Infrastructure Levy is applicable to all full container movements into and out of the Terminal and is charged to all Transport Carriers.

Accordingly, SILA invoices issued from Monday the 23/2/15 will reflect the adjusted charges where applicable.

Yours Sincerely,
SILA Customer Service

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OPINION: Is container detention going to spoil the festive season?

Dear Valued Customers,

Further to our previous notices to customers on container detention please read the below opinion piece written by Paul Zalia.
It seems that container detention policies are not just a mechanism to ensure timely return of empty containers but have formed an important revenue stream for shipping lines in a tough operating environment.
Shipping lines are continuing to tighten the reigns, reducing detention-free days for the return of empty containers and showing little leniency in deviating from fixed policies.

This is placing additional pressure on transport operators to collect containers from stevedores on the first day of “availability” – an extremely difficult task with limited vehicle booking system (VBS) slots.

Compounding matters, empty container parks contracted by shipping lines operate restricted hours, generally on a Monday to Friday basis, forcing transport operators at additional expense to stage container returns.

Some shipping lines are forcing empty containers to be dehired back to the terminal and bypassing the empty container parks altogether.

A nice cost saving for the shipping lines by avoiding the use of a contracted empty container park.
However this comes at additional costs to the transport operator with PRA booking fees and the like.

Then we witnessed the latest stunt by a shipping line winding up their Australian operations and introducing a container deposit fee for their last remaining voyages.

This entails an advance payment by the consignee, and at the discretion of the shipping line, a refund payable on container dehire.

We certainly hope that other shipping lines do not follow this lead of holding consignees at ransom.
What about other factors out of the control of the consignee affecting delays?

We have ongoing issues with rail providers and stevedores at Port Botany pointing the finger at each other for delays and all are wiping their hands of covering the container detention costs.
Perhaps this is just another cost of doing business but is not a good advertisement for the use of rail which is meant to be the great hope in dealing with future growth in trade volumes.
Just to add a bit more spice, we have the re-emergence of industrial action.

Will shipping lines provide extra days for container detention or will they stick to their rigid policies?

My guess is that that they will say that they will assess situations on a “case by case” basis … good luck with that!

Why don’t the shipping lines come out and say that in these extreme circumstances that they will show leniency?

Then there is our old favourite of the Christmas / new year period with a series of public holidays when most empty container parks are closed.

From Christmas eve (traditional early finish) to Monday January 5 when some companies resume work, there are 12 calendar days but only four working days when empty parks are open (half day Christmas eve and new year’s eve).

Hence there are eight days in this upcoming period when it may be impossible to dehire.

Congratulations to Maersk Line for extending container detention rules during this period.

Will other shipping lines follow this lead or are they banking on a windfall at the expense of their valued clients?

Please share your views.
Paul Zalai – advocate for the Australian freight & trade sectors

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

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DP World Australia – Industrial action update: Brisbane now affected

Dear Valued Customer,

DP World Australia advised that they will appear before the Fair Work Commission via teleconference with the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Monday, 15 December to set the framework for conciliation on the 2014 Enterprise Agreement.

Meanwhile, the MUA has notified DP World Australia of a fresh round of protected action.

The MUA will lead protected action in Brisbane on Wednesday, 17 December from 7am to Thursday, 18 December at 7am.
DP World Australia will take employer response action on 18 December from 7am until 3pm in Brisbane.

In Melbourne, the MUA will lead protected action on Wednesday, 17 December from 12:30pm until 4:30pm, affecting two shifts. DP World Australia will take employer response action from 6:30am until 10:30pm, effectively locking out employees for the duration.

DP World has been very clear from the outset of our negotiations with the MUA and elected employee representatives that any protected action would be met with employer response action.

This action is occurring at a very busy time and will cause significant schedule disruption leading up to the Christmas period.

DP World will work closely with the operators of affected vessels and will explore all options in an effort to mitigate delays.

The updated times for protected and employer response action are outlined below.

Brisbane
Operations will cease at 7am on Wednesday, 17 December and resume at 3pm on Thursday, 18 December.

MUA action

• Wed 17 Dec 7am – Thurs 18 Dec 7am (3 x 8 hour stoppages)
DP World Australia lock out in response
• Thurs 18 Dec 7am – 3pm

Melbourne
Operations ceased at 6:30am on Thursday, December 11 and will resume at 2:30pm on Friday, December 12.
Operations will cease again at 6:30am Wednesday, December 17 and resume at 10:30pm the same day.

MUA action

• Thurs 11 Dec 6:30am – Fri 12 Dec 6:30am (3 x 8 hour stoppages)
• Thurs 11 Dec 6:30am – Thurs 18 Dec 6:30am (7 day bans on overtime and shift extensions)
• Wed 12 Dec 12:30pm – 4:30 pm (coverage over two shifts)
DP World Australia lock out in response this week
• Fri 12 Dec 6:30am – Fri 12 Dec 2:30pm
DP World Australia lock out in response next week
• Wed 17 Dec 6:30am – 10:30 pm

Sydney
Operations ceased at 10am on Thursday, December 11 and resumed at 6am on Friday, December 12.
Operations will cease again at 10am on Monday, December 15 and resume at 6am on Tuesday, December 16.

MUA action this week

• Thurs 11 December 10am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
• Fri 12 December 2am – 6am (3 x 4 hour stoppages)
• Fri 12 Dec 6:00am – Sat 13 Dec 7.00am (bans on shift extensions)
• Fri 12 Dec 6:00am – Sat 13 Dec 6.00am (bans on overtime)
DP World Australia lock out in response this week
• Thurs 11 Dec 10am – Fri 12 Dec 6am

MUA action next week

• Mon 15 December 10am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
• Tue 16 December 2am – 6am (3 x 4 hour stoppages)
DP World Australia lock out in response next week
• Mon 15 Dec 10am – Tues 16 Dec 6am

If you have any questions regarding above matter, please contact our customer service team logistics@silogisticsaustralia.com or Ph 1300 084 846.

Thank you & Kind Regards,
SILA Customer Service Team

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Update: DP World Australia response to protected Action – MUA Stoppage

Dear Valued Clients,

Please see below update from DP World in regards to the ongoing MUA Dispute.
This week the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is embarking on a round of industrial action in support of their claims for the 2014 Enterprise Agreement.
Since we were last in contact, the MUA has notified us of additional protected action in Sydney next week.

The MUA will lead a stop work in Sydney over 12 hours – on Monday 15 December from 10am – 2pm and 6pm – 10pm and on Tuesday 16 December from 2am – 6am.
In response, we will close the terminal from 10am on Monday 15 December to 6am on Tuesday 16 December.

We have been very clear from the outset of our negotiations with the MUA and elected representatives that any protected action would be met with employer response action, and this is what we intend to do.
This action is occurring at a very busy time and will cause significant schedule disruption leading up to the Christmas period.

We will work closely with the operators of affected vessels and will explore all options in an effort to mitigate delays.
We are disappointed that we have been unable to reach a resolution with the MUA.

We are awaiting a decision from the MUA on Enterprise Agreement Offer Eight. If they decline the offer, or fail to respond, we will be lodging an application for assistance to the Fair Work Commission first thing tomorrow morning.
The updated times for protected and employer response action are outlined below.

Sydney
Operations will cease at 1000 hours on Thursday, December 11 and resume at 0600 hours on Friday, December 12.

Operations will cease at 1000 hours on Monday, December 15 and resume at 0600 hours on Tuesday, December 16.

MUA action this week

• Thurs 11 December 10am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
• Fri 12 December 2am – 6am (3 x 4 hour stoppages)
• Fri 12 Dec 6:00am – Sat 13 Dec 7.00am (bans on shift extensions)
• Fri 12 Dec 6:00am – Sat 13 Dec 6.00am (bans on overtime)
Lock out in response this week
• Thurs 11 Dec 10am – Fri 12 Dec 6am

MUA action next week

• Mon 15 December 10am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
• Tue 16 December 2am – 6am (3 x 4 hour stoppages)
Lock out in response next week
• Mon 15 Dec 10am – Tues 16 Dec 6am

Melbourne
Operations will cease at 0630 hours on Thursday, December 11 and resume at 1430 hours on Friday, December 12.

MUA action

• Thurs 11 Dec 6:30am – Fri 12 Dec 6:30am (3 x 8 hour stoppages)
• Thurs 11 Dec 6:30am – Thurs 18 Dec 6:30am (7 day bans on overtime and shift extensions)
Lock out in response
• Fri 12 Dec 6:30am – Fri 12 Dec 2:30pm

Fremantle

MUA action

• Fri 12 Dec 12 noon – 4pm
• Fri 12 Dec – indefinite (bans on overtime and shift extensions)

Brisbane

Nil action
Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

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Duty Rate Reduction

SILA would like to remind clients that a planned duty rate reduction on 01 January 2015 will take effect for imports of the following products:

• Bed linens
• Terry towels
• Garments
• Curtains

Effective 1st January, 2015 rates for respective shipments will be reduced from 10% to 5%. All other commodities currently subject to 5% Duty will not be effected. Only customs declarations lodged on or after the 1st January, 2015 will incur the reductions and for all import declarations prior to that date the current rates will apply.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the SILA Team .
Best regards,
SILA Customer Service

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Patrick Terminal Brisbane – MUA Stop Work Meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Dear Clients,
Please note SILA has received advise of another Stop Work Meeting. This will effect Patricks Brisbane Terminal Next week.

Notice as provided to us below.

From: noreply@1-stop.biz [mailto:noreply@1-stop.biz]
Sent: Thursday, 11 December 2014 9:31 AM
Subject: [PATRICK TERMINAL – PTFIT] MUA Stop Work Meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Issue: MUA Stop Work Meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Short Description: Please be advised the MUA will be holding a stop work meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014 between the hours 1400 – 1600. No Trucks will be processed after 1300. Gates will open again at 1600.

Issue Impact: Please be advised the MUA will be holding a stop work meeting Wednesday, 17 December 2014 between the hours 1400 – 1600. No Trucks will be processed after 1300. Gates will open again at 1600.

Priority: Urgent

Notification Date: 11/12/2014 09:29

Current for: 7 Day(s)

Regards,
Lyle Higgs
PATRICK TERMINAL
Patrick Fisherman Is T10

Kind Regards
SILA Customer Service

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