BMSB Update 25- another detection

BMSB UPDATE 25 - Another Detection


Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) representatives continue to work with senior delegates within Department of Agriculture and Water resources (DAWR).

A further BMSB detection: MV Titus Voyage C0836

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean has advised that:

"MV Titus, Voyage CO836, was due to arrive at its first Australian port on 5th 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."

The entire notice can be read HERE

LCL/FAK Container Management

Industry Advice Notice 160-2018

As members would be aware, DAWR via IAN 145-2018 announced the interim measures which allowed all LCL/FAK containers shipped from target risk countries to move under bond, deconsolidate, and be managed at the consignment (Full Import Declaration - FID).

From 8 November this will no longer be permitted. The Industry Advice Notice can be accessed HERE.

BMSB detection: RORO Triumph V1820


m.v. “Triumph” voyage 1820 commenced discharge in Brisbane on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Further to our member notice last week, last Friday DAWR have put out the below information:

Vessel Update

A Department of Agriculture and Water Resources biosecurity officer recently detected a number of suspected Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) during the discharge of cargo at an Australian port.


The following actions were taken to manage the risk:


·Vessel discharge operations were ceased pending further inspection and assessment.

·The vessel was directed for thermal py-fogging prior to inspection by the department.

·Both dead and alive stink bugs (BMSB and other exotic stink bugs) were detected.

·A small amount of cargo had been discharged before vessel operations ceased. This cargo has been directed for onshore treatment with an approved BMSB treatment.

·The vessel has been directed to anchor at sea pending a treatment plan to be provided to the department for consideration and approval.

·If a treatment plan is not approved by the department, the vessel and its remaining cargo will be directed for export from Australian territory.

·It should be noted that much of the cargo on board originated from China, Japan and Korea, and the vessel was subject to heightened vessel surveillance for BMSB.


The department continues to review any BMSB detections and the risk pathways to adjust import measures as needed. Encourage your members to subscribe to our Import Industry Advice Notices to keep informed on changes to import requirements, including updates on BMSB seasonal measures.


We encourage industry stakeholders to continue to engage with their supply chain partners to ensure that all cargo is compliant and free from live BMSB.


Kind regards

Kathleen Quan

2018-19 seasonal measures for BMSB

Compliance Division

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

18 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601

GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601


Nominations for the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open.

Industry Advice Notice 154-2018 - Nominations for the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open!

Do you know a biosecurity champion? The Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that show a commitment to working collaboratively with the department to support and promote Australia’s biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.

The award categories include:

David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement;
Government; and
Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year.

Nominations close on Friday 9 November 2018.

For more information on the Australian Biosecurity Awards, including the nomination form, visit