Shipping & Port Congestion Update 30/9/2020

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Another quick update on the Port Botany situation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison weighs in.

There has been a bid to terminate maritime union strikes after the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) notified the stevedores it intended to strike for 24 hours in Brisbane and Port Botany on Friday.

The MUA reached in-principle agreement with DP World on Friday, but at Patrick the dispute is heating up, with the prime minister, Scott Morrison, weighing in to accuse the union of holding Australia’s imports and exports to ransom.
Industrial relations minister Christian Porter confirmed the government will weigh in on the side of the company, labelling the planned strike action a “threat to our economic recovery”.

Porter claimed that “many industry sectors” including agriculture and road transport had “begun to report supply chain problems which are directly linked to the MUA action”.

Morrison also suggested Australians could see 40 ships “out there” waiting to get into Port Botany, despite the company’s claim being based on ships as far afield as Christmas Island, New Caledonia and the Solomon Sea.
The Morrison government has already announced it will support the company’s bid to terminate industrial action in the Fair Work Commission, which will hear the case in Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday.
The company claims it takes 20 days to find a berth at Port Botany, higher than Melbourne (10), Brisbane (9) and Fremantle (3). In all, 85,000 containers are waiting to be unloaded including 50,000 in Port Botany, it said.

Maritime union offers deal to end Port Botany wharf industrial action
The maritime union is offering a peace deal to end its industrial action at Sydney’s Port Botany after the federal government accused it of extortion.

The MUA has been accused of crippling operations at Patrick’s Port Botany facilities and risking nation-wide medical shortages because of the action it has undertaken during the past month.

The Patrick Terminals chief executive, Michael Jovicic, said the industrial action had reduced the company’s operations in Sydney to 50% or 60% of usual levels and had caused a backlog of 90,000 containers.
What does this mean for The Wetseat and your order?

Unfortunately, as the raw materials are sourced from overseas (no-one in Australia makes neoprene), our container full of neoprene was meant to arrive around early to mid-September. With continued delays, this has been pushed back multiple times and it now isn’t due to arrive until Late-October.

Please note, following this we are also waiting to receive another container full of Neoprene, initially  by Late-October, then pushed back to Early-November, and is currently pushed back until Mid-November. More information will be provided on this as we receive it.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive it.
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