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ESC exemptions available

As advised in February, NZTA has acknowledged the disruption to vehicle imports due to the stink bug issue, and especially those affected by the latest ESC requirements.

VIA (Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association) are wanting to remind importers that exemptions from ESC requirements are available for used MA class vehicles (over 2000 cc) purchased in Japan on or before 26 February 2018.

Importers will need to provide evidence that their vehicles were purchased on or by this date. VIA will process applications for all importers.

Copies of an export certificate, bill of lading and a supplier’s invoice is needed for each vehicle.

Click here to read the NZTA’s Q&A on exemptions for stink bug delay.

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Treatment system approved

JEVIC has gained Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) approval for a vehicle and machinery heat treatment facility in Japan.

On the back of stink bugs being found on car carriers, and heightened biosecurity inspection and treatment, JEVIC announced that they have gained MPI’s approval for a vehicle and machinery heat treatment facility in Japan.

“JEVIC`s Heat Treatment system is operational and has been approved by MPI. The purpose of implementing the heat treatment chamber is to treat vehicles in Japan found with live insects. This is similar to that of the system in Auckland. Heat treatment is an approved treatment by MPI for this purpose. The implementation of heat treatment is an addition to JEVIC`s current system,” JEVIC NZ chief executive Euan Philpot told Autofile.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report found if sting bugs enter New Zealand, they could have a $4.2 billion impact. Two different types of stink bug – brown marmorated and yellow-spotted – have been found on ships in New Zealand. 

“As the first company in Japan to be approved for an operational system, we recognise the value this brings to our systems, stakeholders and the vehicle pathway as a whole,” says Philpot. 

“Our comprehensive systems are vital in dealing with live pests which present a threat to New Zealand, by keeping the bio-security risk offshore.”

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Wasps on standby

Horticultural industry groups and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have applied for permission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent in the event stink bugs are found in New Zealand.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council chairman Alan Pollard said an incursion would have disastrous consequences for horticulturists and their industries as well as everyday New Zealanders.

“The stink bug is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face, and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. The wasp provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control the stink bug,” Pollard said to Stuff NZ.

“It feeds on over 300 plant species and can multiply and get to very high population numbers rapidly, destroying crops and gardens and even get into your home.

“In the UA and Europe where the invasive pest has become established, it has caused severe damage to the horticulture industries. It’s also invaded residents’ homes and become a real social nuisance.

“We’ve also seen growers overseas use high levels of insecticides as the primary way to control the stink bug. We believe the wasp will provide a targeted and self-sustaining control tool and provides growers with another option other than increasing insecticide sprays.”

In February, infestations were found in four container ships headed to New Zealand from Japan.

 A NZIER report estimated that gross domestic product would fall by between $1.8 billion and $3.6b by 2038 if it became established.


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Courageous Ace completes discharge

The latest update from Autohub has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, Primrose Ace, Glovis Caravel, Adria Ace, Palmela and Garnet Ace.

Courageous Ace
We are pleased to advise that the Courageous Ace has completed discharge at all New Zealand ports and has departed New Zealand.

Glovis Caravel
The Glovis Caravel inspections by MPI are progressing well, with final units’ heat treatment to be completed today (18th of April).

Cargo on the main decks has been discharged, cleared and released by MPI. MOL expect to have clearance for a full discharge once final units complete heat treatment.

Subject to yard space on Ports of Auckland MOL will look to discharge 2 decks (approx. 400 cars) of cargo for MPI to complete their deck surveillance requirements.

Based on space availability at Ports of Auckland, Glovis Caravel should be completely discharged by the 22nd of April.

Discharge delays
Due to discharge delays in Auckland from lack of yard space and the planned strike action in Lyttelton, MOL regret to advise that the Glovis Caravel will travelling to Lyttelton or Nelson.

All Nelson cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Adria Ace.
All Lyttelton cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Palmela.

To date there has been no change to planned strike action by the RMTU in Lyttelton. Strike action in Lyttelton will start the 20th of April ending midnight on the 24th of April and then from the 26th of April ending midnight on the 29th of April.

Please find below updated schedule (all schedules are subject to MPI inspections process, berth and yard availability):

*Subject to berth availability due to congestion
**tranship AKL to the Valiant Ace V.49


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Congestion causes delays

Congestion at Port’s of Auckland is at its worst in years, resulting in delays in vessel discharging. The ability of the compliance centres and storage facilities to handle this huge influx of vehicles will also have a bearing on how quickly cars can be delivered and the port cleared.

Glovis Caravel

The Glovis Caravel arrived New Zealand on April 9.

As the Courageous Ace  was still undergoing the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) deck inspections, Ports of Auckland (POAL) and MPI would not allow the Glovis Caravel to berth on original berth window of April 10.

Now the Courageous Ace has departed, the Glovis Caravel has now berthed.

The Glovis Caravel will be fogged and start MPI clearing on arrival.

Subject to MPI inspection requirements and possible delays due to yard space congestion, complete discharge of the vessel is estimated between the dates of April 24 and 28. 

Glovis Caravel V.16A
Auckland Auckland 12th– 24th/28th Apr
Wellington Tauranga 25th /29th Apr
Lyttelton Wellington 27th Apr/1st May
Nelson Lyttelton 28th Apr/2nd of May
Lyttelton Nelson 29th Apr/3rd of May
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Courageous Ace heads to Wellington

The latest update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, the Cougar Ace and the Euro Spirit. 

The Courageous Ace is currently heading towards Wellington with the estimated arrival time of April 14. The vessel will then travel to Lyttelton and then Nelson. 

The vessel is also carrying vehicles from the Cougar Ace and the Euro Spirit (Nelson only). 

The updated schedule is as follows:

The Courageous Ace 
Wellington – April 14
Lyttelton – April 15
Nelson – April 16. 
Lyttelton Port Strikes

The Rail and Marine Transport Union (RMTU) have announced strike action in Lyttelton starting April 20 and ending midnight on April 24. 

Lyttelton Port Company have further advised that the RMTU have issued additional strike notice from April 26 ending midnight on April 29.

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Latest update on MOL PCCs

The latest update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; Cougar Ace, Courageous Ace and Primrose Ace.

Cougar Ace

The Cougar Ace has completed full vessel operations in Auckland and Tauranga and has departed New Zealand.

 Primrose Ace and Courageous Ace

Due to delays inbound and in Auckland, both the Primrose Ace and the Courageous Ace will now have identical coastal schedules.

To maximise berth windows on the New Zealand coast it has been decided that all cargo for Wellington, Lyttelton and Nelson on the Primrose Ace  and all cargo that was to load into the Primrose Ace in Auckland has been transferred to the Courageous Ace.

This includes cargo ex the Meridian Ace and Cougar Ace.

Updated schedule for the Courageous Ace is below.

Ports of Auckland yard congestion & Lyttelton Port strikes

 Ports of Auckland have advised that with large discharge volumes expected later this week that the port will experience possible yard congestion.

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have announced strike action in Lyttelton starting from April 20 until April 25. 

We will advise updated schedules for these vessels as soon as possible.

Please find below updated schedule subject to MPI approval and Auckland Departure:

Courageous Ace

Auckland: April 5-12

Wellington: April 14

Lyttelton: April 15

Nelson: April 17

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Update released on Trans Future vessels

Autohub have released an update on the progress of the Toyofuji car carriers: Trans Future 3, 5 and 6. 

Trans Future 3 will arrive in Auckland tomorrow. It is anticipated that discharging the vessel would start on April 7, after fogging and inspections by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Trans Future 5 will be fogged in Suva, Fiji tomorrow, and is estimated to sail to Auckland by midnight April 9. 

Trans Future 6 will also call by Suva for fogging prior to arrival at Auckland, the vessel’s earliest ETA is April 13. 

Due to MPI’s procedures and inspections, the discharging of cargo will occur at least two days after the vessels have arrived in Auckland

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Trans Future 5 diverted to Suva

Toyofuji have confirmed today that the Trans Future 5, which was due to dock at Ports of Auckland (PoAL) today, has been diverted to Suva for fogging.

The vessel underwent fogging in Honiara prior to sailing toward New Zealand but the decision was made to divert the ship and re fog in Fiji as a precautionary measure.

Blain Paterson from Toyofuji NZ told Autofile “There are 4,800 used vehicles on board and any additional treatment is beneficial to allow a total discharge when the vessel arrives in Auckland. We are updating our website when we can, so urge customers to refer there to get the latest information”

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Cougar Ace due today

The Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) vessel Cougar Ace will arrive in Auckland today.

Its cargo is classed as ‘high risk’ and subject to the Ministry for Primary Industry’s  (MPI) vessel surveillance, meaning the ship will be inspected, fogged and then inspected again.

The Cougar Ace will only call in to Auckland and Tauranga. It will not be calling in at Wellington, Lyttelton and Nelson, as per the initial schedule.

Units for these destinations will be transhipped onto the MOL ship Primrose Ace.

The current schedule for Primrose Ace is as follows:

Auckland             7th April

Wellington          10th April

Lyttelton              11th April

Nelson                  12th April

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Latest update on Toyofuji and MOL vessels

The latest update has been released on progress of Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) and Toyofuji car carriers.


The Trans Future 5 and Trans Future 3, have updated their shipping schedule (this does not include any delays that may be caused by transhipping, fogging or any extra Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requirements):

Trans Future 5   
Auckland 04/04/18
Lyttelton 12/04/18
Wellington 13/04/18
Nelson 14/04/18


Trans Future 3   
Auckland 06/04/18
Lyttelton 14/04/18 – T/ship Viking Amber 01
Wellington 16/04/18 – T/ship Viking Amber 01
Nelson 15/04/18 – may be transhipped


Due to delays in Auckland from MPI’s fogging and inspection procedures on the Meridian Ace, along with berth and terminal space congestion in Lyttelton over the Easter period, the Meridian Ace will no longer travel to Lyttelton. 

As the another vessel, the Euro Spirit, has a similar ETA, all cargo from the Meridian Ace destined for Lyttelton has been transferred to the Euro Spirit.

Tentative Schedule for the Euro Spirit (dates are still subject to berth and terminal capacity):

Euro Spirit   
Auckland 29th-30th of March
Lyttelton 2nd-3rd of April
Wellington 1st of April
Nelson 4th -5th of April
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