Hanjin Milano V52S failure to berth - update
Dear Valued Clients,
Further to our recent advice, we regret to inform you, the vessel Hanjin Milano V52S did not berth in Melbourne as scheduled. We are awaiting further developments and will advise more when known.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused.
We have received the below report from informa.com by David Sexton.
HANJIN MILANO (IMO 9431680) remains stuck at sea as, overnight, the Korean Government has apparently refused to allow the ship to dock at the Victorian capital.
A spokesman for the stevedore Patrick said formal advice had been received that the government of South Korea, which has taken some responsibility for the stricken carrier, had denied the ship docking permission.
This is despite an agreement being reached yesterday between the Port of Melbourne Corporation and the NEAX Consortium, of which the bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Line is a member, for the vessel to berth at East Swanson Dock.
The Patrick spokesman said they were ready to handle the ship when it arrived.
Port of Melbourne chief executive Nick Easy confirmed to Lloyd’s List Australia on Monday the NEAX Consortium had provided sufficient assurances for the Corporation to allow the Milano to berth, the ship carrying many containers from other NEAX consortium members.
CBFCA manager business development, Zoran Kostadinoski, said everyone in the supply chain was being held to ransom.
“This is having a major impact on importers, freight forwarders and customs brokers because everyone wants clearance and there is no assurance,” Mr Kostadinoski told Lloyd’s List Australia.
Contacting Hanjin was also proving a problem.
“You try and ring up Hanjin, nobody answers,” he said.
“That’s the biggest issue – people don’t know who to ring.”
Lloyd’s List Australia has been contacted by freight forwarders and those with containers on board Hanjin vessels not knowing what to do.
At last check, Hanjin Milano remains in the waters of Bass Strait, 154km (83 nm), south-by-west of Melbourne, according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence, near-stationary at 0.9knots.
Any questions please contact your BRi customer service representative.
Keeping you updated,
National Customer Service Manager
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