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Meetings 21 October – SAL Policy Council (via Teams) 28 October – SAL NSW State Committee Meeting (via Teams) ——————————— Events / Networking 14 October – What will be the new norms? Planning for an uncertain future – investing for the future? 10am UK time Postponed – SAL VIC State Golf Day, Waterford Valley has been postponed until Wednesday 17th March 2021 23 October – SAL Queensland Ball – save the date (in planning) 28 October – Where does shipping’s decarbonisation agenda sit in a post-COVID-19 world? 10am UK time          Global consumer goods CEOs warn of supply chain disruption; interruption “could push companies and countries over the edge” Major global manufacturers and retailers of essential consumer goods, including food and hygiene products, have warned that anti-COVID restrictions in the maritime industry are “creating [a] huge disruption to global supply chains – including those for critical goods such as food and hygiene”. One international logistics chief at a well-known global manufacturer of consumer goods warns that “even a temporary interruption could push companies and countries over the edge”. Find out more at Shipping Australia.   Government COVID-19 crew change policies threaten safety, imperil the environment and disrupt the flow of goods Global manufacturers and retailers have warned that their ability to supply goods is dependent on working supply chains, which are being disrupted.  About 800,000 seafarers are now adversely affected by government actions and that figure will soon be one million people, a maritime expert has warned. Seafarers are being subject to forced labour, the safety of life at sea is in the balance, and the maritime environment is imperilled. The cause of all these catastrophes? Government-imposed restrictions on shipping. Visit Shipping Australia for the full story.   Global aviation body urges governments to enable flights for seafarers The International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialist body of the United Nations, has issued guidance urging governments to enable the movement by air of seafarers so that relief crews can join their ships and off-signing crew can go home. Find out more at Shipping Australia.   Swire Shipping’s NAX service to run fortnightly Swire Shipping has announced it will operate its North Asia Express (NAX) service on a fixed-day, fortnightly and 42-day rotation basis, from November 2020. Find out more at Shipping Australia.   Industrial action update: DPWA / MUA; Patrick / MUA DPWA / MUA: cessation of industrial action at DP World Australia terminals around the country is welcomed by Shipping Australia. CEO Rod Nairn commented, “it is certainly positive and welcome news that industrial action could be coming to an end at DP World’s terminals across Australia”.
Read more here. Patrick / MUA: a pause in the Patrick / MUA dispute is welcome, however, union-induced industrial disruption will continue. Although the MUA has called off action until the end of October, it will take longer than that to work through the congestion and backlog.
Read more here Svitzer Towage is in enterprise agreement negotiations and so it is also potentially facing industrial action as its protected action ballot closes today.   UPDATE: SAL’S COVID-19 info-pages Shipping Australia is continually working to keep our COVID-19 info pages up to date. One of the many problems caused by Australia’s multiple jurisdictions is that it is extremely challenging to become informed of, and stay abreast of, all the updates from each of the various jurisdictions around Australia and internationally.  We have created a general summary of crew changes in Australia together with updated international guidance including: new ICS policies / guidance new international aviation policies new international aviation information. Visit SAL’s COVID-19 pages here   SHIPPING AUSTRLIA SPRING/SUMMER MAGAZINE – OUT NOW! Our bumper 62-page Spring/Summer 2020 Official Journal is out now!  In this edition:  Profiles Well-known businessman Anil Bhatia Leading lawyer Danella Wilmshurst Member spotlight: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Feature: agri-products Australia – ripe for regionalisation Demand proves strong for Australian citrus Australian grains: resilience and reinvention Fletchers – meat and farm products to the world And much more Views From COVID success to waterfront turmoil Cash grab: unfair NSW double-dipping port charges This, and much more, including trade and exports analysis; seafarer welfare against the odds; customs brokers and freight forwarders; Antarctic icebreaker; uncollected cargo; cyber-security; digitalisation of shipping; law; and our much anticipated Port Costs 2020. SAL Spring / Summer 2020 will be sent by mail within the next few weeks. Or you can download it right here, right now!   Send your feedback to us! We’re keen to hear from you! Tell us what you think!

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