Archive for September, 2011
With the departure of OOCL Melbourne from Bell Bay on 4 May this year, the direct discharge of international import containers into Tasmania came to an end. Vessels of the AAA shipping consortium, consisting of MISC, OOCL,Mitsui OSK and PAE, are now making their final southbound call into Melbourne.
The full impact of these changes won’t become fully clear in the short term, with all sectors of the industry having to make informed decisions in regard to the best option for cargo clearance. While some importers may elect to clear their consignments at discharge ports on the mainland, many Tasmanian destined overseas containers will now be covered by underbond movements from interstate on domestic services. (more…)