Terminal Notices & MUA Protected Industrial Action (PIA) Adjustments

Dear Valued Clients & Partners,

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have received a number of member enquiries expressing concern at Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) stop-work notices announced at terminals other than DP World.

The announcements have no direct link to the protected industrial action between the MUA and DP World, but instead members of the MUA have authorised stop-work to allow attendance of its members to their Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held on Tuesday 28 November. Most major terminals around the country will be impacted as a result.

Following are announcements to date:

DP World
Melbourne    – TBC
Brisbane       – Terminal will be closed Tuesday 28 November between 0700-1100hrs
Sydney         – Terminal will be closed Tuesday 28 November between 1000-1400hrs
Fremantle     – TBC

Melbourne   – Terminal will be closed Tuesday 28 November between 1000-1400hrs
Brisbane      – TBC
Sydney        – TBC
Fremantle    – TBC

Hutchison Ports
Sydney        – Terminal will be closed Tuesday 28 November between 1000-1400hrs
Brisbane      – TBC

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT)
Melbourne    – VICT will cease road operations during 1000 to 1400 Tuesday 28 November 2023.
* Nb. VICT will also be performing a critical systems outage on Saturday 25 November from 0600. Landside Operations will cease during this time and resume Sunday 26 November at 0600.

Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal
Adelaide      – 4 Hour Stop Work Meeting – Tuesday 28th. No VBS slots past 0900hrs. All operations will recommence from 1400hrs.

Remaining terminals yet to announce stoppage times for Tuesday 28 November are expected to make similar announcements in due course, therefore members are encouraged to plan accordingly and liaise with their transport providers.

For the latest on the protected industrial action by the MUA at DP World terminals, please refer to dates and times as per the full list of protected industrial action.

Please click here for more detail on MUA’s decisions to withdraw and defer upcoming PIAs in Brisbane and Sydney respectively plus comments on the impact from the broader PIA program on shipping schedules.

Transport companies have communicated that in some cases, surcharges for containers arriving into DP World terminals will be applicable. Also, surcharges for weekends and/or after-hours collections will be applied as they strive to retrieve containers within their allotted free time.

The ongoing outages, bans, and stoppages across Australian Terminals persistently affect our services, and we value your understanding and flexibility during this time. Our team remains dedicated to reducing disruptions and ensuring optimal operational continuity. We will provide regular updates on any additional developments. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

We acknowledge the potential impact of these disruptions; however, please be advised that SILA will not assume liability for any additional charges arising from these actions.

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership and should you have any questions or concerns, kindly reach out to our dedicated team! 

SILA Imports – imports@sila.net.au
SILA Exports – exports@sila.net.au
SILA Sales – sales@sila.net.au
T: (+61) 07 3908 1690

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