BMSB - Another Vessel Infestation

  26th November 2018


Morning Composer (MCM) (CO840)

Dear Valued Customer,

As you are no doubt aware, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)i is an agricultural pest present in Asia, North America and Europe, that feeds on, and can severely damage, fruit and vegetable crops. Between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019, import restrictions are in place and heightened surveillance activities are implemented to monitor vessels arriving in Australia from the United States, Japan and certain European countries. As BMSB hibernate in and are carried via transported goods, shipments on board our vessels from the stipulated countries must undergo mandatory treatment offshore prior to loading. Ensuring compliance is the responsibility of the importer, whilst the presentation of clean cargo at the port of load is, at all times, the responsibility of the shipper.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean has from the outset worked closely with the Australian Authorities and takes is responsibilities to ensure that this pest is not transported to Australia extremely seriously. Part of this responsibility is monitoring and inspection on board the vessel for BMSB.

MV Morning Composer, Voyage CO840, was due to arrive at its first Australian port on 26th November. During routine inspections on board dead and live bugs were found. These findings were reported to the Australian Government - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).

WW Ocean have since worked closely with the DAWR to identify the type of bug. It was subsequently determined that a portion of these were BMSB.

Tues 27th November a planned inspection by DAWR and subsequent fogging will take place.