Continuing BMSB Stink Bug Problems

DAWR continues to confront biosecurity issues caused by BMSB (Stink Bugs) as they suspend another offshore treatment provider, and direct a vessel to leave Australia.

Offshore treatment: Another Offshore BMSB Treatment Provider Suspension

Further to the announcement by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) last week that they had suspended Radit Srl from the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme (IAN 186-2018) this week they issued IAN 191-2018 announcing the suspension of another treatment provider: Nuova Cianidrica Srl.

Nuova Cianidrica Srl (AEI: IT4002SB) will be listed as ‘suspended’ on the List of Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers and may no longer perform treatments on Australian bound consignments. Any cargo treated by Nuova Cianidrica will be re-treated or exported on arrival in Australia. This decision is effective immediately and no allowance is made for goods in transit.

Another Vessel Directed to Leave Australian Territory – Bugs and BMSB

In October, the Morning Composer, a roll-on roll-off vessel, departed Belgium with cargo loaded from Germany and Belgium, and arrived in Australian territory on 26th November 2018. The vessel was subject to heightened vessel surveillance for Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and reported detections of exotic insects (both live and dead).

During the inspection while at anchorage in Australian territory, subsequent exotic insects were detected by biosecurity officers. The ship was directed for thermal py-fogging. During a follow-up inspection, six different species of exotic insects, including BMSB, were detected.

The Morning Composer was then directed to remain anchored at sea, pending a risk management proposal to be provided to DAWR. A full assessment of all insects recovered from the RO/RO vessel since its arrival in Australian territory has now been completed. No freight was discharged from the ship and the it has remained at anchor, at a safe distance from Australian ports. DAWR has directed it to leave Australian territory with all its cargo still on board.

DAWR continues to review any BMSB detections and the risk pathways to adjust import measures as needed. All parties involved are expected to comply with the BMSB seasonal measures and, where possible, only load compliant cargo and/or ensure freight is not contaminated with BMSB or other biosecurity risks.

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