Australia/NZ News

GAC to Acquire Quadrant Pacific’s Ship Agency Business

Jun 14, 2024

GAC Group announced it has entered into an agreement with Quadrant Pacific to acquire its agency business, formerly its network partner in New Zealand.Since its establishment in 2008, GAC New Zealand has operated in partnership with Quadrant Pacific…

Full LNG Production Restored at Gorgon Facility in Australia

Jun 03, 2024

Chevron has resumed full liquefied natural gas (LNG) production at its Gorgon Gas facility in Australia, after a mechanical fault caused one production train to go offline in late April.'Chevron Australia has resumed full LNG production from…

Australia Says 'Not Necessary' to Cancel Chinese Firm's Lease on Darwin Port

Oct 20, 2023

Australia said a security review of a 99-year lease held by Chinese company Landbridge on the northern port of Darwin, a key focus of its defense strategy, found it was 'not necessary to vary or cancel the lease'.In a statement, the prime minister's…

Major Port Hedland Navigation Project Completed

Oct 03, 2023

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has completed a major A$15.5 million two-year project to repair and rejuvenate essential aids to navigation (AtoNs) off the coast of Port Hedland, Western Australia.AMSA commissioned the works following Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica in 2019…

Australia to Help Finance Tonga Port as Climate Worsens Pacific Infrastructure Gap

Sep 26, 2023

Australia said it will grant A$31 million ($20 million) to Tonga to complete a vital port upgrade, boosting funds from the Asian Development Bank, as Canberra focuses on building climate resilient infrastructure.The Pacific Islands region faces…

Australia’s Portland to be Renewable Maritime Fuels Hub

Sep 06, 2023

Australia’s Victorian Government is backing a new feasibility study that could see Portland become home to one of Australia’s first green shipping fuel production hubs.Minister for Regional Development Harriet Shing announced the new study for a renewable fuel manufacturing hub in the portside city…

Malaysian Authorities Lift Ban on Australian Cattle

Sep 05, 2023

Malaysian authorities have lifted the suspension of live cattle and buffalo exports from Australia that was enacted due to concerns over lumpy skin disease (LSD).This follows the provision of technical information to the Malaysian authority demonstrating Australia’s freedom from LSD…

Wellard Highlights Changing Livestock Trade

Aug 30, 2023

Australian livestock exporter Wellard has released its annual report and financial year 2023 financial results noting changes in trade patterns.Wellard’s financial results in FY2023 were significantly impacted by continued depressed live cattle…

Australia’s Port of Melbourne Appoints CFO

Aug 30, 2023

Australia’s Port of Melbourne has appointed Leigh Petschel as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective November 13, 2023.Petschel will join the Port from Monash University, where he has been CFO and Vice President since mid 2021. Prior to Monash…

Kwinana Green Hydrogen Hub Concept Study Complete

Aug 29, 2023

Western Australia is a step closer to the creation of a large-scale green hydrogen hub with bp completing its concept development phase study into its energy hub H2Kwinana.bp is transitioning its former oil refinery site into an energy hub. Subject to internal and Government approvals…

Australia’s RSPCA Renews Call for Live Sheep Export Phase Out

Aug 28, 2023

Animals Australia has again documented live export laws being broken with images of sheep cruelty aired on the ABC on Monday August 28.The RSPCA says the show provides further proof live sheep export is inherently cruel and unfixable.Meanwhile…

Webb Named CEO of North Queensland Bulk Ports

Aug 22, 2023

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) announced the appointment of Brendan Webb as its new chief executive officer.Starting in October, Webb—who is currently CEO of Ports Victoria—will take over from acting CEO Belinda Kenny, who has…

Shipowners, Port Operators Ramp Up Methanol-fueling Projects

Aug 21, 2023

Interest in methanol as an alternative fuel has grown in the shipping industry, which seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.Below is a list of upcoming methanol bunkering-related projects by companies and ports:COMPANIES:A.P. Moller-MaerskMaersk…

Victoria International Container Terminal Expands Crane Fleet

Aug 21, 2023

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at the Port of Melbourne, Australia’s first fully automated container terminal, is expanding its equipment fleet with the addition of six new automated stacking cranes (ASC).Purchased as part of VICT’s ongoing expansion project…

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