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First Australian port attains sustainability certification

EcoPorts, the global standard for environmental sustainability in the ports sector, has officially certified an Australian port for the first time. Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to attain the certification. EcoPorts certified Port of Newcastle under its Port Environmental Review System (PERS) following stringent independent tests by Lloyd’s Register to measure the ... Read More »

Australia welcomes US-China trade deal, despite possible costs

China’s commitment to buy $200bn of US goods over two years could come at the expense of Australian farmers and energy providers, but the “truce” in the countries’ trade war will be a confidence boost for global markets, trade minister Simon Birmingham has said. “This is welcome news. Australia has long called for a reduction, a cessation of the trade ... Read More »

Jeff Bezos is getting slammed for his donation of $690,000 to the Australian wildfire recovery

In a heartfelt Instagram post on Sunday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the company would donate 1 million Australian dollars, or about $690,000, to the Australian wildfire recovery effort. That’s less than he made every five minutes in 2018, according to Business Insider’s estimate, based on Forbes’ calculation of Bezos’ net worth at the start and end of 2018. ... Read More »

China sweeps past Japan and US as Australia’s largest export beef

CHINA’S recent dominance as the world’s largest beef customer has been underlined by 2019 Australian calendar year export statistics released this week, which have seen the Asian giant sweep past traditional customers Japan and the US as our largest beef export destination. The historic milestone breaks a 50-year sequence where either Japan or the US stood as Australia’s biggest beef ... Read More »

Smog forces Australia Post to suspend services across Canberra and ACT

Australia Post has indefinitely suspended its services in Canberra and across the ACT as the city’s air quality remains more than 10 times above the level considered hazardous. Local health authorities said levels peaked at more than 20 times hazardous levels on Wednesday, with smoke expected to linger in the coming days. As high temperatures trap smog in the air, ... Read More »

27-year-old man dies after falling at the Customs level of LAX

A 27-year-old man fell at the Customs level of Los Angeles Airport on Sunday evening, resulting in his death. The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that firefighters responded to the incident at around 8:15 p.m. local time. The department added that the man was “beyond medical help” due to injuries sustained from his fall, and paramedics determined ... Read More »

Corrupt former customs officer has jail term slashed

A former customs officer who helped members of the Jomaa crime family swindle the federal government out of more than $6 million through illegal tobacco imports was planning another smuggling run before authorities swooped. But jailed NSW Police multicultural liaison officer Johayna Merhi has now had her sentence shaved after the Court of Criminal Appeal found her sentencing judge didn’t ... Read More »

Ola unveils AI-enabled safety feature in 17 markets across India, Australia

Ride-hailing firm Ola announced the roll-out of its artificial intelligence-enabled safety feature, ‘Guardian’ in 17 markets across India and Australia. After running a successful pilot across multiple cities in India and international markets, Bengaluru-based Ola said the ‘Guardian’ feature is going live in 16 Indian cities as well as Perth in Australia. The SoftBank-backed company aims to take Guardian to ... Read More »

Melbourne’s port plan contains disruptor

The emerging third stevedore at the Port of Melbourne has complained that the new private equity owner of Australia’s biggest container hub is “unduly focused” on legacy operators, who it claims are favoured when it comes to both rents and infrastructure investment. In a combative submission to the Essential Service Commission’s Market Rent Inquiry, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) delivered ... Read More »

Australia to Spend $715 Million Upgrading Port to Accommodate

Canberra is preparing to shell out $715 million to upgrade naval facilities in Australia’s Northern Territory to accommodate more US warships, according to a report by the US military-linked publication Stars and Stripes. Stars and Stripes reported Thursday, citing comments made to them by Australian defense officials, that the Australian Department of Defense intended to spend $715 million to upgrade ... Read More »

Australia’s Prime Minister deploys new PORT officers across nine airports

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Record-breaking haul of meth worth $818 million seized in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia – Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court Thursday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers. Police estimate the 1.7 tons of the drug, also known as ice or crystal meth, had a street value of $818 million. The ... Read More »

Australia launches anti-espionage task force after China spy claims

Australia on Monday launched a high-level intelligence task force to combat what officials say is rampant foreign interference in the country and after claims of bold Chinese spying operations Down Under. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new force would involve all the country’s top intelligence agencies “to disrupt and deter anyone attempting to undermine our national interests”. One novelty ... Read More »

Australia becoming increasingly important for Port of Hamburg

Seaborne cargo handling between Australia and the Port of Hamburg increased 23.7 per cent to 1.7 million tonnes in 2018. Container traffic with Australia increased 19.8 per cent to 68,000 TEU (20-foot standard containers). The figures mean Australia has now risen from 40th to 32nd position in terms of Hamburg’s container trading partners. Hamburg port as a hub Expanded liner ... Read More »

Elbit nominates Port Melbourne site as development centre

Elbit Systems of Australia has committed to growing its technological development capability in Australia by officially designating its new Port Melbourne facility as a C4I Development Centre. In officially opening the new facility, the Chairman of the Elbit Systems of Australia Board of Directors, Haim Delmar said that this was another demonstration of the parent company’s commitment to Australia. “I’m ... Read More »

Big profits can fuel bad corporate behaviour, new research shows

Hubris and overconfidence caused by excellent financial performance is a major driver of irresponsible corporate behaviour, according to new research. Di Fan, a senior lecturer at the business school of the Australian National University, said his research showed companies making above-average profits were more likely to breach their environmental or social obligations than run-of-the-mill firms. He said internal corporate governance ... Read More »

Australian sentenced to death in Thailand on drug smuggling charges

Perth man and his Thai wife have been sentenced to death in Thailand on drug smuggling charges. The father of two, 35 year old Luke Joshua Cook, and his wife 40 year old Kanyarat Wechapitak, were arrested at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok in December 2017 following a tip-off from local police, according to Sydney’s. The pair were sentenced to death after they ... Read More »

Australian shipper raps hiked port fees for containers and eyes bulk transport

One of Australia’s largest agricultural shippers has lashed out at “rapid increases” to port infrastructure fees levied by the country’s terminal operators. Last week, a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed how the country’s stevedores are using the controversial charges to offset declining volumes and quayside revenue. As a group, DP World Australia (DPWA), Patrick, Victoria ... Read More »

BMW urgently recalls 12,000 vehicles over airbag safety concerns

Some 12,000 BMW vehicles are being urgently recalled after transport safety authorities identified another Takata airbag that poses a critical risk of death or serious injury, the competition watchdog says. BMW in Australia on Thursday began a voluntary recall of its E46 3 Series cars produced between November 1997 and June 2000. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it ... Read More »

Australia and China vow to work on repairing bilateral relationship

SYDNEY : Australia and China said they will work together to repair their bilateral relationship, tarnished by allegations that Beijing has committed cyber-attacks and has attempted to interfere in Canberra’s domestic affairs. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met on Sunday in Thailand ahead of the East Asia Summit, where both promised to try and improve ... Read More »