Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

Townsville launches pest surveillance programme

Australia’s port of Townsville has implemented a marine pest surveillance programme to detect dangerous marine species within the port.

The biosecurity programme utilises technology that analyses the DNA of marine pests to identify species within the port. The programme has been launched in partnership with Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Four detector plates have been placed in the port’s waters and will remain there for two months before they are retrieved and tested for the presence of marine pests.

Melinda Louden, environment and planning manager at the port of Townsville, explained: “This programme provides the opportunity to improve the ability and speed of detection if a marine pest species manages to slip through the existing controls in place by both the state and federal governments.”

She added: “We are responsible for maintaining the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic and cargo within our jurisdiction and work in close partnership with our regulatory partners.”

Townsville is the first of five Queensland ports to implement the programme along with Cairns, Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane.

www.townsville-port.com.au

Heavy Lift | News

Fire outbreak at US port thumbnail image

Fire outbreak at US port

June 5 - A fire broke out aboard Höegh Autoliners’ ro-ro vessel Höegh Xiamen yesterday (June 4) at Blount Island, Jacksonville, USA; there are no injuries to any of the 21 crew members, who have all been evacuated from the vessel.
Views: 189
Intradco charters AN-225 thumbnail image

Intradco charters AN-225

June 5 - Intradco Global, in collaboration with GTA GSM, charted the Antonov AN-225 freighter aircraft to transport nearly 1,000 cu m of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Views: 220
Pacific Osprey returns to service  thumbnail image

Pacific Osprey returns to service 

June 5 - Swire Blue Ocean’s (SBO) wind farm installation vessel Pacific Osprey has returned to service following the installation of its extended crane boom in Denmark. 
Views: 300

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.