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Glovis Caravel waiting to berth

Mitsui Osk Lines’ vessel, the Glovis Caravel, is currently sitting at anchor waiting for a berth in Auckland’s Port.

At present, there are four car carriers in port with the port also facing major congestion. Not only are some of these vessels going through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ processes and procedures, others are discharging and carrying out transhipping procedures.

A berth for the Glovis Caravel is expected to come free on the 12th April.

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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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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.

Toyofuji 

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

MOL

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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MOL car carriers making good progress

A photo of the Courageous Ace and the Glovis Caravel, two vessels who have been sent to Singapore due to the risk of entering New Zealand with possible stink bug infestations, has been released. 

Ken Quigley and a team from New Zealand and ATJ Japan have been in Singapore since the Courageous Ace first arrived to carry out the treatment and inspection procedures. 

It has been reported that they are making very good progress in Singapore’s very hot conditions.  

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Car carriers arrive in Singapore

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.

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The latest update from Autohub on affected PCCs

Autohub have released the latest information on current stink bugs situation concerning the industry. 

“Latest from the Ports of Auckland is not encouraging, Tokyo Car, Sepang Express and Couragous Ace are still delayed and no quick discharge is likely from Tokyo Car,” said Autohub. 

“These three vessels are classed as returning vessels, and as such the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is imposing rigorous requirements for unloading, which will cause delays.

“No update for Tokyo car has been provided.

“Toyofuji vessels, Trans Futures 5,6 and 7, have all recently been in dry-dock and fully cleaned out, none of these vessels have been fogged and we understand that this will be a requirement for all vessels from Japan and along with the inspection process expect this to add at least 2-3 days to the delivery times once vessels have arrived.”

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Update on MOL affected vessels

An update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers delayed by the discovery of BMSB.

 Courageous Ace

The Courageous Ace has been fogged in Brisbane and MOL is currently making plans to send the vessel down to Auckland.

The vessel may undergo another round of fogging on arrival, however it is up to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to decide what process it has to go through.

Current location of the Courageous Ace

Glovis Caravel

Glovis Caravel is currently moored outside of Auckland.

The vessel will be fogged again this week before coming in to port as per Ports of Auckland instructions.

The vessel will then be inspected by MPI who will decide what process it has to go through.

Current location of the Glovis Caravel.

Morning Christina

This vessel has been fogged and treated in Australia and is moving down the coast of Australia and is expected to be in Auckland around the 4th-5th March.

This vessel will need to be inspected by MPI on arrival, but at present the MOL are feeling happy about the vessel passing the inspection.

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Positive news for drifting car carriers

Mitsuki Osk Lines (MOL) has revealed a tentative plan for the return of the Courageous Ace and the Glovis Caravel to New Zealand.
Courageous Ace
  • Currently drifting off Brisbane.
  • The car carrier will be fogged at sea by a fumigation company in Brisbane.
  • The time frame of the procedure is to be determined due swells from Cyclone Gita.
  • On completion of the fogging, the Courageous Ace will sail for Auckland. 
  • On arrival in Auckland the vessel will be accessed for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs 
    (BMSB) and Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs (YSSB) by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Current location of the Courageous Ace – MarineTraffic

Glovis Caravel
  • The vessel is currently drifting North, off the Noumea coast.
  • Vessel will be fogged by a fumigation company either off the Brisbane coast or the Auckland coast.
  • On completion of fogging the Glovis Caravel V.16A will sail for or berth in Auckland
  • On arrival Auckland vessel will be accessed for BMSB/YSSB by MPI. 

Current location of the Glovis Caravel – MarineTraffic

MOL have also released a tentative vessel schedule for both car carriers, subject to weather conditions and MPI approval:

 

 
 
 
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Infected car carrier heads to Australia

Mitsui Osk Line’s (MOL) have announced a plan to deal with the current biosecurity risk posed by a large quantity of stinkbugs found on board their cargo ship, the Courageous Ace. 

On Friday, MOL spokesman Yaro Nikitin said in an email to customers that live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSBs) were discovered on board the vessel on February 6. 

The vessel was then treated as per the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) direction the following day but an MPI inspection on February 8 “revealed a significantly large quantity of alive BMSBs”.          

“Due to the biosecurity risk that the vessel poses to the New Zealand economy, MPI have directed us to re-load all import cargo onto the vessel and undertake treatment offshore,” said MOL spokesman, Yaro Nikitin.

An MOL spokesman spoken to by Autofile on Friday said MOL and MPI were looking into further options to ensure the bugs are fumigated before the ship can return to the Ports of Auckland.  

At present, the Courageous Ace is drifting off New Zealand, however a plan has been revealed for the vessel to head to Australia to carry out the fumigation process.  

Once MOL have finalised a port in Australia and the required fumigation process has been completed, the Courageous Ace is expected to return to Auckland in approximately 10-12 days.

 

The Courageous ace – an MOL car carrier

 
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Stink bug found on car carrier

 A serious biosecurity risk has forced Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) cargo ship, the Courageous Ace, to reload its car shipment and head back out to sea.

A brown marmorated stink bug

 The ship is now drifting off Auckland’s coast as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and MOL work together to clear the ship and its cargo of the bugs which could decimate New Zealand’s crops if the insect was to enter the country.

 MOL spokesman Yaro Nikitin says in an email to customers that live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSBs) were discovered on board the vessel on February 6.

 “It is with deepest regret and apologies that we would like to advise you of the following circumstances surrounding the Courageous Ace V.121A,” Nikitin says.

“MPI suspended operations and issued a direction to treat the vessel’s cargo holds with fogging agent,” he says.

The vessel was treated as per the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) direction the following day but an MPI inspection on February 8 “revealed a significantly large quantity of alive BMSBs”.          

“Due to the biosecurity risk that the vessel poses to the New Zealand economy, MPI have directed us to re-load all import cargo onto the vessel and undertake treatment offshore, Nikitin says.

An MOL spokesman spoken to by Autofile says MOL and MPI are looking into further options to ensure the bugs are fumigated before the ship can return to the Ports of Auckland. However, he wouldn’t say what the options were but that it didn’t include the ship returning to its port of origin.

MPI says stink bugs are hard to see, hard to kill, travel far and they breed fast. The bugs feed heavily on a wide variety of plant species and would attack grapes, kiwifruit, apples, citrus and stone fruit, corn and many other valuable crops. Adults are about the size of a $1 coin with white banding on the antennae, alternate black and white markings on the abdomen, its eggs are light green, barrel shaped, and found in clusters of 20-30.

MPI have advised that although the BMSB is found in China, Japan and now USA and Italy, the cause of the large quantity of the insects noted on the vessel is undetermined. 

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