Ro-Ros bypass Fremantle because of industrial action

Three ro-ro vessels bypassed Fremantle, Western Australia, last week because of industrial action at the port. On Friday October 8th Wallenius Wilhelmsen vehicles carrier Morning Prosperity (IMO 9780639) sailed from Victoria Quay after spending one day in the Inner Harbour. It had been unable to unload due to a refusal by stevedores to work the vessel. Work on the vessel was sub-contracted to Linx Cargo Care Group. It was originally scheduled to be worked by Qube Ports. However, Qube’s Fremantle operations have been hampered by MUA industrial action, which has been ongoing since July 30th.

It was reported that employees from Linx refused to work the vessel, even though they are not part of the industrial action at Qube. Two other Wallenius Wilhelmsen ro-ro ships, vehicles carrier Tamesis (IMO 9191307) and Tamerlane (IMO 9218648) – which had been waiting in Gage Roads to enter port – departed over the weekend without unloading their cargo. The Tamesis will call at Adelaide, South Australia, to discharge its cargo and the Tamerlane will call at Melbourne, Victoria.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen confirmed that, because of the ongoing industrial dispute between Qube and the MUA at Fremantle, three vessels were redirected to other ports in Australia. “This is despite our engaging Linx Cargo Care’s stevedoring services at Fremantle. Our focus remains on minimizing any supply chain disruptions to our customers,” the company said, adding that “we continue to believe that these actions are disruptive to not only us and trade into the Port of Fremantle, but to the people and businesses in Western Australia who depend on the cargo that our vessels are carrying”.

Fremantle Ports CEO Michael Parker said the new development of ships bypassing Fremantle was concerning for local trade and risked reduced confidence among shipping lines in the port. “We’re extremely disappointed that a major customer of ours and numerous importers and exporters have been caught up in the latest round of industrial action to hit out wharves, particularly given existing global supply chain congestion,” Mr Parker said.

As of October 11th Morning Prosperity was en route from Port Kembla to Brisbane with an ETA of October 12th.

As of October 11th Tamesis was en route from Port Kembla to Brisbane, with an ETA of October 13th.

As of October 9th Tamerlane was en route from Melbourne to Singapore, ETA October 18th.

2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 66,802 gt Morning Prosperity is owned by S831 International SA care of manager EUKOR Car Carriers Inc of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is Wilhelmsen Ship Mgmt Korea Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of S831 International SA and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean.

2000-built, Norway-flagged, 67,140 gt Tamesis is owned by Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning care of Wilhelmsen Ship Management (Norway) AS of Lysaker, Norway. ISM manager is Wilhelmsen Ship Management AS of Lysaker, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning Malta Limited.

2001-built, Norway-flagged, 67,140 gt Tamerlane is owned by Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning care of Wilhelmsen Ship Management (Norway) AS of Lysaker, Norway. ISM manager is Wilhelmsen Ship Management AS of Lysaker, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning Malta Limited. Claims leader for Marine Hull & Machinery is Norwegian Hull Club.