Industrial Action at Container Terminals

Please read the following as this is affecting all current deliveries, vessel schedules and upcoming containers for the foreseeable future until the current industrial action has been resolved.

We are doing our best to communicate with our clients and transport providers, but the information and action taken by the wharves is changing every hour.

EES are lobbying the shipping lines to take a more affirmative action against this current round of extremely disruptive industrial action.

Please find additional information below specific to the Industrial Action taking effect across Australia.

Patricks Fremantle Summary

Due to the Industrial Action, Patricks regrets to inform customers that R&D operations on the 21st September Monday Night Shift to the 22nd September Tuesday Day Shift has been cancelled.

  • Monday 2300hrs to Tuesday 06:00hrs

A ban on the performance of work for 31 hours commencing Friday 25 September followed by a 24-hour stoppage of work commencing Tuesday 29 September.

DP World Fremantle Summary

Due to the Industrial Action, DP World regret to inform customers that R&D Operations on the 22nd September Tuesday Day Shift will be closed.

  • Tuesday 06:00hrs to Tuesday 14:00hrs

Patricks Brisbane Summary

Will have multiple stoppages on Friday 25 September 2020.

Patricks Sydney Summary

Currently up to 14 days behind schedule with a forecast that the delays will increase due to the ongoing Protected Industrial Action.

Due to the current volatility with the ongoing industrial situation between the terminals and the Maritime Union, we are expecting further potential industrial disruption at each port.


We strongly suggest to plan for delays given the current environment.

We will monitor the situation and keep you updated with ongoing developments in order to mitigate the impacts of this industrial action.

If you feel strongly that this is affecting your business, please contact your local member of parliament as we also have done to voice your concerns.