Stink Bug Problem in Australia

 In Industry Insider, Industry News

Infestations of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug have been found on ships en-route to Australia are causing problems with local supply chains.

At least three vessels have been ordered by local biosecurity authorities to leave Australian waters and seek insect eradication treatment elsewhere.  The last vessel to be turned away was the Thalatta (IMO 9702455), a Wallenius Wilhelmsen car carrier that was turned away from Fremantle.  It appears that Wallenius Wilhelmsen had the vessel and cargo pre-treated before it arrived in Fremantle but the bugs decided to come along for the ride.

The stink bug is a mass breeder that feeds on hundreds of different plant species – fruit, trees and vegetables and does it by sticking its proboscis inside the plant.  That weakens the plant, makes its fruit visually unappealing and inedible while also making the plant susceptible to infection by pathogens.

When ships are re-routed or turned around, it creates bunching or congestion at other seaports.

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