Last week, the Loadstar publication reported that rolling MUA stoppages at Sydney’s Hutchison, Patrick and DP World terminals had led to an 11-day backlog of cargo across the port, with congestion spreading to Brisbane and Melbourne as carriers sought to offload cargo elsewhere. That backlog has now blown out to a 14-15 day backlog at Sydney port.

It has also led to a flurry of last-minute schedule changes. ANL recently announced that the 9,400 TEU vessel the CMA CGM Ural will skip its call at Sydney on the AAX1 Asia-Australia service “to mitigate delays due to ongoing berth congestion and industrial action”.

Additionally, the carrier Maersk Line has suspended sailings into Sydney until early October, and the rotation of the PCX service between Australasia and North America has been switched to call at Melbourne, prior to Sydney. While the Europe-Australia Nemo service, jointly operated by MSC and CMA CGM, will also skip a call at Sydney this week.