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Maersk Warning: Multiple Australian Ports Experience Strikes, Disrupting Cargo Operations

On January 4, 2024, Maersk issued a notice stating that port workers in Australia have escalated their strikes, and the latest round of strikes will continue until January 15, 2024.

According to Maersk’s announcement, DP World Australia, the second-largest port operator in Australia, has received strike notices affecting the ports of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Fremantle.

As a result of these strikes, Maersk’s operations in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane ports have been impacted. Specifically, at the Sydney and Melbourne ports, from 6:00 on January 8, 2024, to 00:00 on January 9, 2024, as well as from 22:00 on January 11, 2024, to 6:00 on January 13, 2024, all cargo operations will be halted.

At the Brisbane port, from 7:00 on January 8, 2024, to 00:00 on January 9, 2024, as well as from 00:00 on January 12, 2024, to 7:00 on January 13, 2024, all cargo operations will be suspended.

It is understood that the strikes are organized by the Maritime Union division under the CFMMEU union in Australia and are a result of labor disputes with DP World Australia. The strikes initially began in October 2023 and have since undergone several rounds, severely impacting the operations of multiple ports in Australia and causing significant backlogs of cargo and delays in ship schedules.

Currently, DP World Australia handles nearly 40% of Australia’s import and export cargo and operates port businesses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle, and other locations.

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