Brown marmorated stink bug update

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 7, 2019

Cargo coming from countries where the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is found is still taking its toll on vessel arrivals.

This season the main delays have been on vessels coming from the USA and Europe. 

Vessels from Japan have had a smoother run this season. The Ministry for Primary Industries is not releasing much information, and at this stage it is not clear that any particular port or vehicle is the source of concern, and whether the bugs found on vessels are BMSB, or other types.

A number of vessels have had difficulties and delays, and as at 4 January the situation with the following vessels is:


Is offshore currently anchored in the Gulf, north of Rangitoto. It is understood the vessel will be reassessed soon, and may berth 6th or 7th. Delays are likely if it is found to be suitable to commence discharge. It is expected the cargo will be heat treated on berthage, on a deck-by-deck basis, which will result in a slow process if this is the method required.

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Bugs have been found on decks that have been isolated. The issue is that there is cargo above those decks that is clear, but has to be moved through the decks that have been isolated. The majority of cargo is off and delivered, but there are still a few vehicles left on board, mostly larger vehicles such as vans. No resolution is available yet.


Partial discharge has been completed, and the vessel sailed on December 24, with some cargo on board. Currently it is off the coast of Brisbane


Has left Panama, heading to New Zealand, current ETA 8 or 9 January. It is not clear what actions will be required, if any, on this vessel, but given that the previous voyages have had bugs suspected, then there may be delays with this vessel.