Due to the risk of entering New Zealand with possible Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) and or, Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs (YSSB) on board, the Courageous Ace is now sailing to Singapore for treatment.
Courageous Ace aims to arrive in Singapore on the 12th of March. Discharge, cleaning, inspection and re-loading of the vessel will follow on from this and the vessel will depart Singapore on the 24th of March with arrival in Auckland from around 4th – 6th of April.
The Glovis Caravel underwent fogging off New Zealand on the 29th of February. As the Glovis Caravel is still classed as high risk by MPI and with the logistical difficulty of fogging vessels out of New Zealand territory, Mitsui Osk Lines (MOL) have made the decision to send the vessel to Singapore for treatment also.
Glovis Caravel aims to arrive in Singapore on the 14th of March. Discharge, cleaning, inspection and re-loading of the vessel will follow on from this and the vessel will depart Singapore on the 27th of March with arrival in Auckland from around 7th – 9th of April.
Treatment will be undertaken in Singapore to eradicate BMSB/YSSB from the cargo and vessels in order for the earliest possible safe delivery of cargo into New Zealand.
MPI are being kept updated on all countermeasure plans to meet their requirements.
Once cargo is discharged in Singapore any remaining BMSB/YSSB will come out of their state of hibernation and emerge from cargo, no longer posing a risk.
The Courageous Ace and Glovis Caravel will also be cleaned, and insecticide applied by fogging.
After the cleaning at Singapore, the Courageous Ace and Glovis Caravel will reload all units and resume their voyage to New Zealand
MOL will continue to work with MPI to re-evaluate the risk profile and discharge plan for both vessels based on above countermeasures and treatments.