Australia – Coronavirus Disease Update

All ports

Any  foreign travelers who have left or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 will be refused entry to Australia. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, legal guardians and spouses will be exempt from these measures, but will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia.

Dalrymple Bay

A vessel must not enter DBCT pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the vessel’s departure from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.

Whilst a Pilot will not be allowed to board a vessel prior to this 14 days elapsing, vessels are allowed to arrive at the Outer Anchorage.  Therefore a vessel can technically arrive and tender NOR when they reach the Outer Anchorage which in most cases will be prior to the 14 days.  To ensure that a vessel is not physically planned to berth prior to this date, a Planning ETA is to be applied under the banner “MSQ Quarantine Rule”.  This Planning ETA will be reflective of the vessels’ departure date from China + 14 days.

The definition of an ATA under the Terminal Regulations is, in respect of a relevant arrival of a vessel, the time when the last of the following occurs:

  • the vessel has reached the “commercial area of the port” or the “normal waiting place” identified by the Hay Point Harbour Master,
  • the vessel is ready in all respects to be towed, berthed, deballasted and loaded without delay; and
  • a copy of the Notice of Readiness (such notice is customarily presented to a shipper or their agent by the Master or the ship’s agent) has been tendered to the Operator by the Master or ship’s agent, confirming the readiness of the arrived Vessel to undertake the operations in the second point above.

Mackay

As per the normal process, all cruise and commercial vessels entering Australian territory are legally required to report ill passengers and crew presenting on the pre-arrival report via the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS). A biosecurity officer will then meet the vessel to screen for coronavirus and other serious infectious diseases. Biosecurity officers do this by administering the Traveller with Illness Checklist (TIC) to the ill passenger or crew member, or by discussing case diagnoses with the ship’s doctor. A biosecurity officer or human biosecurity officer may then issue directions for the management of a suspected case of coronavirus which are legally required to be followed.

All vessels entering Australian territory may be asked additional questions about:

  • whether the vessel left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • whether any crew or passengers left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • whether any crew or passengers have been in contact with confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the previous 14 days.

Vessels that meet any of the following will be subject to additional coronavirus requirements:

  • Vessels that have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • Vessels with crew or passengers who have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
  • Vessels that have had ill crew or passengers on board in the past 14 days.
  • Vessels that have crew or passengers who have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus disease in the past 14 days.

New South Wales

Agents must advise the Vessel Traffic Information Centre (VTIC) 48 hours prior to the vessel entry

  • The date the vessel departed China
  • If the vessel berthed at any ports during its transit to Newcastle

The VTIC will request the following information from the Master of the vessel prior to arrival and pilot pickup:

  • Declaration to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) from the vessel master that they have no sick people on-board
  • Declaration of previous 5 ports of call for the vessel.

Queensland

This direction applies to the masters of all ships in Queensland waters if:

  • The ship left, or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020
  • The ship intends to enter a Queensland pilotage area.

The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship’s departure from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020. (To remove any doubt, this means for example that a ship which departed mainland China on 1 February 2020 may not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 15 February 2020 and a ship that departed mainland China on 3 February 2020 may not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 17 February 2020).

Effective immediately, Queensland’s Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) will require all foreign trading ships that are inbound to Queensland Port Pilotage areas to provide the following information until further notice:

  1. Report whether the vessel has departed mainland China since 1 Feb 2020.

2. Report if any crew member or passenger has visited Mainland China since 1 Feb 2020.

3. Report if any crew member or passenger has visited Hubei Provence, China in the past 14 Days.

4. Report if any crew Member or passenger is showing any of the coronavirus disease symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.

If the answer is NO to Questions 1, 2 ,3 and 4, MSQ will then inform all parties including Marine Pilots, and ships agent of the clear declaration. Vessel can proceed as scheduled.

If the answer is YES to Question 1, 2 o 3, the vessel is NOT to enter a Queensland Pilotage Area nor embark a Marine Pilot and be directed to remain outside of VTS area or port limits until 14 days since departing or transited through mainland China has elapsed. Questions will be repeated to the vessel on its call into VTS after the 14 days since 1 Feb has elapsed.

If the answer is YES to question 4, VTS is to advise the RHM immediately and follow any instructions given. MSQ will make the appropriate notifications to State and Federal agencies for further advice. The vessel is NOT to enter a Queensland Pilotage Area nor embark a Marine Pilot and be directed to remain outside of VTS area or port limits until assessed and cleared by appropriate government qualified personnel.

Ben Line Agencies’ global partner – WaterFront carves new territory with Houston move

18 July 2019 – Global port agency business, WaterFront Maritime Services (WaterFront) has today opened a local agency office in Houston, Texas. The company, which is one of the world’s largest port agency networks, says its Houston office has been established to help charterers, owners, and operators to manage their risk in this strategically important high-volume location.

WaterFront’s Houston office is managed by newly appointed Director for North America Lars Westerberg, a port agency industry veteran who was formerly Regional Director Americas for Seven Seas and Managing Director of Wallem Americas. Prior to these roles, Westerberg also served as Regional Managing Director of Inchcape Shipping Services in North and Central America.

The team in WaterFront’s Houston office will attend vessels directly from Corpus Christi to Lake Charles, including all terminals and all facilities. The Houston office will also serve as the regional hub for WaterFront in North, South and Central America including the Caribbean and is linked to WaterFront’s existing regional hubs in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur to provide 24-hour coverage to its global client base.

Terry Gidlow, Chief Executive Officer of WaterFront, commented:

“On a global basis we see how significant political developments, evolving trade policies and rapid shifts in the supply and demand of raw materials and bulk commodities are impacting traditional trade patterns. Meaning our clients are faced with a whole new range of opportunities and challenges in executing their day to day business. With the opening of our Houston office we are able to bolster the presence we have in other major oil & gas import/export and refining centres such as the Middle East and in Asia.”

The WaterFront global network currently handles more than 45,000 port calls per year through a network of 483 offices in 93 countries worldwide. Unlike other global agencies, Waterfront focuses on providing port and husbandry services for vessels transporting coal, grains, iron ore, minor bulks as well as crude oil, clean and dirty products, chemicals and gas. The company also handles the husbandry requirements of 3rd party and in-house ship managers.

WaterFront’s Director for North America, Lars Westerberg, commented:

“By focusing on specific commodities, we can work with customers operating in this region to add quantifiable value to their businesses. Our work is all about understanding our clients business and their  specific needs and then using our local knowledge and relationships to assist them to mitigate their risk, turn their vessels and cargoes around faster and save them money, while maintaining the highest levels of  safety and compliance.”

Terry Gidlow, chief executive officer of WaterFront, added:

“Lars and his team in Houston bring to the table decades of local experience and relationships in ports and terminals throughout Texas. The Regional Hub function of the Houston office also serves to give our clients in North and South America better access to our Global network.

WaterFront was established by leading regional ship agency businesses Sharaf Shipping Agencies and Ben Line Agencies in 2016. WaterFront is headquartered in Dubai with commercial offices in China, Singapore, Dubai, Norway and the USA. WaterFront has strategic partnerships in the rest of North and South America with renowned local partners such as ACGI on the west Coast of the US and Canada, UNIMAR in Brazil and the Ultramar group in Spanish-speaking South America. For more information about the organisation, visit www.waterfront-ms.com

Gladstone Port – Planned Maintenance Notice

Planned Shutdown 23 July To 27 July 2018
Terminal: R G Tanna Coal Terminal
Plant: Shiploader No.2 on Berth No.1.
Duration: 5 days.

The main work for the Shiploader No.2 Shutdown includes:

  • Inspect and repair SL2 telescopic chute.
  • Repair oil leak on gearbox, CC7A Gladstone side.
  • Upgrade CC7A drive coupling on Gladstone and Rocky sides.
  • Install new steelwork to support replacement Transformer on SL2.
  • Abrasive blast and paint underside of SL2 MCC Room.
  • Structural repairs on SL2 Tripper upper end.
  • Cold repairs on CC6 belt.
  • Repair, abrasive blast and paint SL2 Tripper rail between CC6 and CC6A.
  • Service and calibrate CC5 belt weighers.
  • Tiling repairs in transfer chutes in SL2 system.
  • Sample Plant 1 maintenance.
  • Belt cleaner maintenance.
  • General maintenance of the Shiploader No.2 system and conveyors.

Ben Line Agencies expands its footprint in Australia

We are delighted to announce our extended coverage in Australia as we add Sydney, Gladstone, Melbourne and Adelaide to our existing presence in Brisbane.  Our commitment is to provide the customer with more choice and the same high quality service offering that they would expect of Ben Line Agencies.