Tightened container rules raise industry ire

Changes to a container shipping lines ‘tax’ on Australia’s congested supply chain system are underway and causing deep concern among trucking firms that service ports and domestic freight forwarders.

Three of the world’s largest lines and one subsidiary have reduced, from August 1, the free time a container can go through the system from 10 consecutive days to seven days.
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Contract and cranes for Patrick as customers criticise

Asciano has revealed a contract extension for stevedore Patrick with the world’s second-largest shipping line and confirmed crane investments a week after container-line representative body Shipping Australia took a heavy swipe at Port Botany productivity.

Patrick has secured a five-year Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) extension starting January 20, with MSC having the right of early termination at the end of year three. “The successful completion of another agreement with our long term customer, MSC, will see our Patrick operations handle approximately 550,000 containers nationally for MSC in the first year of the agreement,” Asciano CEO John Mullen says.
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