Protected Industrial Action Update – 31 October

Dear Customers and Stakeholders

Unfortunately, we have received further notices of protected industrial action from the maritime unions which will continue for much of this week, nationally, as well as further actions that will be disruptive through the month of November.

We sincerely regret the impact that this action is having on shipping and port operations and the harm it is causing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, Svitzer teams are working with directly affected customers on managing the impact of these disruptions.

Protected Industrial Action – 3 – 30 November

Additional notices of action include:

  • Work stoppages by tug masters (preventing the crewing of tugs) at the following West Australian ports and locations on Thursday, 3 November:
    • Geraldton – 4 hour work stoppage from 1200 (local time)
    • Fremantle and Albany – A stoppage of work for 24 hours commencing at 0700 (local time)
    • Kwinana – A stoppage of work for 24 hours commencing at 0800 (local time).
  • Bans on deckhands performing overtime at Victorian ports Svitzer operates at – affecting crew flexibility and relief work from 00:01 Friday 4 November through to 11.59pm Sunday 6 November.
  • Bans on the performance of work on certain shipping line vessels  at ports across Australia (these customers have already been directly contacted and contingency planning is underway) in Fremantle from 00.00am 2 November; and from 00.01am Friday 4 November through to 11.59pm Thursday 10 November.
    • Ports included are: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Eden, Fremantle, Geelong, Geraldton, Kwinana, Melbourne, Mourilyan, Newcastle, Port Pirie, Port Jackson,  Port Botany and Westernport.
  • Bans on engineers performing relief work at ports across Australia from 00:01 3 November to midnight 30 November – affecting crew availabilities. Ports included are:
    • Adelaide, Albany, Brisbane, Cairns, Eden, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kwinana, Melbourne, Mourilyan, Newcastle, Port Kembla, Port Pirie, Sydney (Jackson & Botany), Westernport.
  • Further bans for tug masters on continuous work periods beyond 12 hours of work in Brisbane.
  • Permanent Part Time employees unavailable for duty for one day in the Port of Newcastle from 0800 3 November.
  • Further bans on training and use of Svitzer systems.

We sincerely apologise for this ongoing disruption. 

Nb. Summary of action below – searchable table by Port with detail of impact at bottom of this post.

PortState Date of ActionPeriodType of Industrial Action(s)
Albany2022-11-01 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Albany2022-11-01 08:00:00indefiniteBan on continuous operation of vessel or vessels for a period in excess of 5 hours without a 30-minute rest break
Albany2022-11-03 07:00:0024hours24 hour work stoppage from 0700
Albany2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Albany2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Albany2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Adelaide2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Adelaide2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Adelaide2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Adelaide2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022Ban on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Adelaide2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Brisbane2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on continuous operation of vessel or vessels for a period in excess of 5 hours without a 30-minute rest break
Brisbane2022-11-01 09:00:0072 hoursban on training masters, engineers and ratings
Brisbane2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Brisbane2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Brisbane2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022Ban on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Brisbane2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Cairns2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Cairns2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on continuous operation of vessel or vessels for a period in excess of 5 hours without a 30-minute rest break
Cairns2022-11-01 00:01:0024 hours24 hour work stoppage
Cairns2022-11-02 00:00:0024 hours24 hour work stoppage
Cairns2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Cairns2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Cairns2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Eden2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Eden2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Eden2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Fremantle2022-11-01 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Fremantle2/11/2022 00.0024 hoursBan on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Fremantle2022-11-03 07:00:0024hours24 hour work stoppage from 0700
Fremantle2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Fremantle2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Fremantle2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022Ban on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Fremantle2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Geraldton2022-11-01 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Geraldton2022-11-03 12:00:004 hours4 hour work stoppage from 1200 (midday)
Geraldton2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Geraldton2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Geelong2022-11-04 00:01:0072 hours – until 11.59pm 6 Novban on performance of overtime, including recalls from leave
Geelong2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Geelong2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Kwinana2022-11-01 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Kwinana2022-11-01 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on continuous operation of vessel or vessels for a period in excess of 5 hours without a 30-minute rest break
Kwinana2022-11-03 08:00:0024 hours24 hour work stoppage from 0800
Kwinana2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Kwinana2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Kwinana2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022Ban on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Kwinana2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Lucinda2022-11-01 00:01:0024hour24hour work stoppage
Lucinda2022-11-02 00:01:0024-hour24hour work stoppage
Lucinda2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Lucinda2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Lucinda2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Melbourne2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Melbourne2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on entering data into a Svitzer system
Melbourne2022-11-01 08:00:0024 hourban on performing recall and/or relief work
Melbourne2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Melbourne2022-11-04 00:01:0072 hours – until 11.59pm 6 Novban on performance of overtime, including recalls from leave
Melbourne2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Melbourne2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022Ban on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Melbourne2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Mourilyan2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Mourilyan2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on continuous operation of vessel or vessels for a period in excess of 5 hours without a 30-minute rest break
Mourilyan2022-11-01 00:01:0024hour24hour work stoppage
Mourilyan2022-11-02 00:00:0024 hours24 hour work stoppage
Mourilyan2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Mourilyan2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Mourilyan2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Newcastle2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Newcastle2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on enetering data into a Svitzer system
Newcastle2022-11-01 08:00:0024 hourban on performing recall and/or relief work
Newcastle2022-11-03 08:00:0024 hourwork stoppage / unavailability by certain Masters – Part Time employees
Newcastle2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Newcastle2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Newcastle2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Port Kembla2022-11-01 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Port Kembla2022-11-01 08:00:0024 hourban on performing recall and/or relief work
Port Kembla2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Port Kembla2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Port Kembla2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Port Pirie2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Port Pirie2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Port Pirie2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on beginning a job that will take employees past the 12th hour of continuous duty
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on continuous operation of vessel or vessels for a period in excess of 5 hours without a 30-minute rest break
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-10-28 08:00:00IndefiniteBan on entering data into a Svitzer system
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-11-01 08:00:0024 hourban on performing recall and/or relief work
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022Ban on performance of work on certain shipping line vessels (customers have been contacted directly already)
Sydney (Port Jackson & Botany)2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses
Westernport2022-11-03 00:01:0027 days – ends midnight 30 Nov 2022ban on performing recall and/or relief work by engineers
Westernport2022-11-04 00:01:0072 hours – until 11.59pm 6 Novban on performance of overtime, including recalls from leave
Westernport2022-11-04 00:01:006 days – until 11.59 10 Novban on inputting data into maintenance system
Westernport2022-11-04 00:01:007 days – until 11.59pm 10/11/2022ban on undertaking online training courses

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