THE MARITIME Union of Australia has withdrawn a notice of protected industrial action at DP World’s Brisbane terminal for Thursday (23 November).

The union is no longer carrying out a 24-hour ban on loading and unloading trucks and trains at the terminal.

An MUA spokesperson told DCN the union has “withdrawn some notices of industrial action in Brisbane as a gesture of goodwill while we work through some specific, local issues at that port”.

And also the union has essentially cancelled its scheduled 24-hour work stoppage at DP World’s Sydney terminal scheduled for tomorrow (Friday 24 November). The stoppage has been rescheduled to Monday (27 November), but there is a previously announced 24-hour work stoppage in place for that day already.

Impact on shipping

Industrial action at DP World has been impacting shipping schedules. On Wednesday, Maersk said due to ongoing industrial action at DP World, the vessel Spirit of Melbourne, on the OC1 service, would only partially discharge imports only on its Sydney call (scheduled for Friday 24 November).

Following “limited import operations” at Sydney, the vessel is to head to Port Chalmers and then on to the rest of its schedule. Sydney-bound import cargo is to be re-routed via New Zealand ports.

The OC1 service calls Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Port Chalmers and Tauranga in New Zealand and then several Central American, South American and US East Coast ports.

And also, Maersk announced schedule changes on its Eastern Australia Connect service, due to delays caused by the industrial action at DP World.

The only Australia call for GSL Christel Elisabeth will be Brisbane and CMA CGM Nantong will only be calling Sydney in Australia.

Eastern Australia Connect service calls Brisbane, Sydney, Tanjung Pelepas and Singapore.