Roundup – October 2023

SILA Team Showcase

Congratulations Mrs. Kylie Southey!

We are delighted to share some heartwarming news from the SILA family. One of our cherished team members, Kylie, has recently tied the knot in a beautiful & intimate celebration.

Kylie has been a dedicated member of our team for over a decade, consistently going above and beyond to provide exceptional service and improve our systems & technologies to meet your needs. 

While the wedding festivities have come to an end, Mrs. Kylie Southey returns to our team with renewed joy and energy and as we celebrate this special milestone with Kyles [AKA Tech Ninja!], we also look forward to the opportunity to serve you and meet your needs with the same enthusiasm and dedication.

Here’s to Mr & Mrs. Southey and their wonderful adventure ahead!

Welcome to the team, Fai! 

We are thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our operations team, Fai, who has taken on the role of Logistics Coordinator. We are confident that her addition to our team will enhance the level of service we provide to you as her dedication to ensuring smooth and efficient logistics operations aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering exceptional service to our clients.

As our Logistics Coordinator, Fai plays a crucial role in optimising our supply chain, streamlining processes, and ensuring that your shipments are handled with the utmost care and precision. Her proactive approach and attention to detail will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of your logistics needs.

We believe that Fai’s addition to our team will reinforce our commitment to excellence in logistics management and elevate the level of service we provide to you, our valued clients. We look forward to the opportunity for you to connect with Fai and experience her dedication to exceeding your logistics expectations.

We are excited about the future and the opportunity to serve you better with Fai on board.

Welcome to the team, Steve! 

Join us in offering a heartfelt welcome to Steve Brogan, who has officially assumed the position of National Sales Manager. With a diverse and impressive career background, Steve’s arrival heralds a new era of opportunities and growth within SILA.

Steve brings with him a wealth of experience, having not only managed his own successful unpack warehouse in Melbourne but also served as a proficient Business Development Manager in his previous role. His remarkable journey in the steel industry, marked by notable accomplishments, is poised to make a significant and positive impact on SILA’s growth and development. We are confident that his expertise and commitment will prove to be an invaluable asset to our team.

On behalf of the entire SILA family, we extend our warmest wishes to Steve for a journey filled with success and fulfillment. As we continue to evolve and grow, your trust and support remain essential to our progress.

Thank you for your unwavering confidence in SILA, and please join us in extending a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Steve, our newest addition to this remarkable team.

Events & Networking

WISTA Australia

Our Head of Operations, Cassie McCullough, and our Customs Broker, Nicoll Demo, attended the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) AGM.

WISTA is a global organization dedicated to promoting and supporting women in the maritime and trading industries. This event provides an excellent platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among professionals in these sectors.

This AGM is not only an opportunity to discuss important matters but also a chance to connect, learn, and celebrate together as a vibrant community. Cassie & Nicoll’s attendance at the WISTA event reflects our dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion within our industry and our commitment to providing you with the highest level of service.

We are confident that their participation in this AGM will enhance our capabilities and further improve the services we offer to you.

Annual 10-Up Club Event

We take pride in our commitment to excellence, and our success is greatly attributed to the dedication and hard work of our exceptional team members.

Last month, was the annual “10-Up Club” function, an event designed to celebrate and honor staff members who have been with the company for over 10 years. This gathering was a heartwarming occasion where we had the privilege of recognising the incredible contributions and loyalty of our long-serving team members.

The “10-Up Club” is a testament to the enduring relationships and shared commitment to our company’s mission. We firmly believe that the strength of any organisation lies in the dedication and expertise of its people, and we are truly fortunate to have such exceptional individuals as part of our team.

We believe that events like the “10-Up Club” function not only celebrate the past but also serve as a source of motivation for the future. Our team remains committed to delivering the highest level of service, innovation, and partnership as we continue to work together.

Border Watch Presentation

Recently, we had a representative from Border Watch attend SILA HQ providing an annual update on the latest developments in Australian border news and regulations.

Border Watch is a reputable source of information and expertise in matters related to border security, customs, and immigration in Australia. 

During the session, our Border Watch expert covered a range of topics helping us navigate the complex landscape of Australian border regulations more effectively and ensuring compliance with the latest standards whilst also remaining alert & vigilant to our border’s current threats. 

Thank you, Border Watch, for this insightful session.

Industry News

Three men charged over meth in multiple mattresses.

Three men have been charged as part of a six-month joint investigation into a criminal syndicate that allegedly worked to import almost 90kg of methamphetamine hidden in five separate shipments of futons into Sydney.

One of the men, 23, was arrested at his Waterloo home in Sydney’s south on Tuesday, 5 September, and appeared before Downing Centre Local Court on 7 September, 2023 and was remanded into custody. The other two men were arrested in May and June 2023.

Operation Hesperidium began in March 2023 after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers examined a consignment of futons imported into Sydney from the United States.

ABF examination of the futons located 5.5kg of methamphetamine hidden within the consignment. Another shipment of futons was examined two weeks later and found to contain 15kg of methamphetamine.

Read full AFP media release here

Operation Astound: Call for information after 200kg of cocaine seized from hull of cargo ship

The AFP is appealing to the public for information after authorities seized more than 200kg of cocaine concealed in the hull of a cargo ship, which first docked in the Port of Melbourne.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers used an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to search a vessel docked in Melbourne’s Maribyrnong Terminal on 9 August, after it had travelled from Argentina via New Zealand.

ABF officers using the ROV identified a suspicious hull attachment in the ship’s sea chest, an area of the vessel that contains pipes used to pump sea water into and out of the ballast tanks.

Specialist divers from Victoria Police Search and Rescue Squad retrieved packages of cocaine from inside the sea chest which were then seized by the AFP.

The AFP seized a total of about 200kg of cocaine from the ship – with an estimated street value of $80 million* – and began an investigation to identify the source of the drugs and its intended destination.

AFP Commander Richard Chin said attachments underneath the waterline of cargo ships have been regularly noticed by law enforcement over the past two decades, and retrieval of containers such as this can result in death or serious injury to drug smugglers.

Read full AFP media release here

AFP seize 50kg of methamphetamine embedded in plastic pallets

The AFP has seized an estimated 50kg of methamphetamine found impregnated within five blue plastic pallets.

On 1 August, 2023, Australian Border Force officers conducted a routine examination of a shipping container that had recently arrived into Sydney from Iran. An examination of the pallets indicated the presence of methamphetamine, with the AFP then seizing the consignment.

Further forensic testing will determine the purity of the methamphetamine and no charges have been laid at this stage as the investigation continues.

Detective Acting Superintendent Jeremy Staunton said the AFP works closely with the ABF and other partner agencies to ensure Australia remains a hostile environment for criminal syndicates.

Read full AFP media release here