deugro Australia worked closely with the Department of Agriculture to develop a full Biosecurity Management Plan for the transportation and shipping of 73 wind turbine generators from two ports in China to Port Kembla – Australia. The full ocean charter of none vessels carried 210 000 freight tonnes, which took 788 over-dimensional load to be transported to the wind farm’s location.
The wind farm’s rural location near Goulburn in NSW has areas of endangered ecological communities and is an agricultural region which includes fine wool production, and therefore the production of any exotic pest, disease or seed presented a high biosecurity risk. deugro Australia project managers travelled to factories in China prior to shipping to educate and work with local staff on complying with Australia’s biosecurity import conditions.
deugro Australia staff attended each port of loading in China and conducted visual inspections of the cargo. Where biosecurity risks were identified, corrective action was taken prior to loading. Internal inspections of equipment were also carried out and covers were used to seal equipment to ensure full biosecurity compliance during transport.
By working with the department, deugro Australia was able to effectively manage potential biosecurity risks offshore, thereby reducing the inspection rate and treatment costs in Australia. A pre-inspection of 126 containers was carried out with only one requiring fumigation on arrival at Port Kembla.
This was an excellent result and illustrates deugro Australia's commitment to protecting Australia’s agriculture industries and environment through integrating biosecurity controls within their operations, raising biosecurity awareness across the supply chain, and doing so in collaboration with the department.
The award confirms deugro's commitment to protect the Australian environment as well as pro-active approach on all quarantine matters related to Industrial Projects.
“Tonight’s award winners reflect the full scope of our biosecurity system. Some, like Chevron and deugro Projects, work offshore to stop exotic risks from reaching Australia." Barnaby Joyce, Australian Minister of Agriculture