An update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; Glovis Caravel and Courageous Ace, both car carriers were sent to Singapore due to the risk of entering New Zealand with possible stink bug infestations.
The Courageous Ace has arrived into Singapore as planned and has begun discharge and treatment procedures. The Glovis caravel is due to arrive in Singapore later today and will carry out the same procedure.
The treatment process
Once cargo is discharged, any remaining Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) and or, Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs (YSSB) will come out of hibernation and emerge from cargo, no longer posing a risk.
All discharged units will be washed, checked with insecticide applied according to MPI advisory dated 23rd February 2018.
Both the Courageous Ace and Glovis Caravel will also be cleaned, with insecticide applied through fogging.
After this, the both vessels will reload all units and resume their voyage back to New Zealand.
The Courageous Ace will depart Singapore on approximately the 24th of March and will arrive in Auckland around the 4th-6th of April. The Glovis Caravel will depart on the 27th and arrive on the 7th-9th of April.