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MUA, withdrawals industrial action at Patrick Terminals Melbourne

Updated: Jan 3

Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) who have been in negotiations with Patrick Terminals since February 2020, holding nearly 70 meetings in search of new enterprise agreements, have thankfully withdrawn all Industrial action that is currently notified at the Patrick's Melbourne Terminal

Patrick terminals CEO Michael Jovicic has called on the MUA to remove industrial action across the country given the overall circumstances and the ongoing damage that it is causing. They have reiterated to the MUA that their offer remains on the table and subject to the removal of industrial action across the country, the invite has been extended to the MUA to a high -level meeting to close out the EA negotionals once and for all.

Positive words for the Christmas period which will hopefully mean the Australian Ports are running at peak performance to assist the Australian freight industry

Here are the current updates from each terminal:

Terminal Operations Update

Patrick Terminals - Sydney AutoStrad

  • The current delays at the Sydney terminal are as follows:

    • On window vessels - 4.1 days

    • Off window vessels - 4.6 days

DP World has no short term capacity to take sub-contracts, however, capacity may become available mid-month

  • Hutchinson has no capacity to take sub-contracts

Patrick Terminals - Brisbane AutoStrad

  • The terminal is currently experiencing low-level impact from industrial action

Patrick Terminals - Fremantle

  • The terminal is now being impacted by industrial action and vessel bunching

  • The result is that delays are increasing for certain vessels up to 7 days

  • DP World has no capacity for sub-contracting until at least mid-October

Patrick Terminals - Melbourne

  • Our Melbourne terminal schedule is busy with back to back vessels for the month of October

  • Vessels are currently berthing up to 4 days behind schedule. These delays will increase to 7 - 10 days by mid-October due to the 40 industrial actions taken by the MUA throughout the month and the impact of the COVID isolation periods. Delays are expected to continue to worsen throughout the month due to rolling stoppages by the MUA and labour availability.

  • VICTL has no capacity for sub-contracting due to positive COVID cases and employee isolation requirements

  • DP World currently has no capacity for subcontracting for the next week and we continue to explore subcontracting opportunities with DP World beyond next week.

We will endeavour to keep all our clients updated and supported during this difficult time however, there may be significant delays moving forward.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

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