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928 - 12/13 - Burnt Pine Longicorn Beetle - Australia
Vessels calling at Australian ports, coming from NZ, must carry out a self assessment for infestations of the Burnt Pine Longicorn Beetle (BPL).
Starting 10 December 2013 vessels visiting Australia from New Zealand will be risk assessed for BPL. The risk assessments will be specific to:
· Cruise vessels
· Container vessels
· Cargo vessels
· Bulk carrier Vessels
· Tanker vessels
· Car carrier vessels
The Maritime National Co-ordination Centre will request the vessel Master to complete a BPL questionnaire after submission of the Quarantine Pre Arrival Report.
Vessel Masters and crew are requested to remain vigilant for BPL before they reach Australia.
The detection and accurate reporting of BPL prior to arrival will greatly assist in identifying mitigation strategies that may be undertaken pre-arrival reducing the level of intervention that maybe otherwise required on arrival.
The full notice can be found here
Source of information:
Australian Department of Agriculture