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Shorpak and UBL explore opportunities, sign fumigation agreement

Established in 2012 Shorpak Pty Ltd has fast become a specialised Quarantine & Logistics service provider for the resources sector providing Quarantine & Logistics services to World leading companies within the Oil and Gas and Mining Industries.

Shorpak and UBL have entered into a Heads of Agreement where UBL has granted Shorpak an option to use and exploit the Fume8 Fumigation Technology for the purpose of fumigating containerised shipments primarily for delivery to Barrow Island which is located offshore in the North of Western Australia along with the Northern Territory.

The initial 12 month agreement contains a Royalty payment component based on revenue generated by exploiting or using Fume8 Fumigation Equipment and includes a Minimum Performance Requirement.

UBL and Shorpak intend to work closely together to generate new fumigation opportunities for the use of ethyl formate fumigation in the containerised fumigation market. with Shorpak now designated as the preferred operator for the fumigation of containerised shipments.

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Fume8 successful. Multiple containers to Barrow Island.

UBL has worked closely with Shorpak and Murdoch University to complete multiple successful commercial fumigations at the Shorpak Headquarters in Henderson using the patented Fume8 technology.

Over a dozen containers were successfully fumigated using “Beta” generation Fume8 continuous flow technology. The containers were expected to be shipped to Barrow Island in the near future post the fumigation process.



International biosecurity

Ports of Auckland to Eliminate Methyl Bromide Emissions

As part of Ports of Auckland’s ambition to be the most sustainable port in New Zealand, the company will require the total recapture of methyl bromide gas used for container fumigation by September 1, 2017, and for all cargoes by the end of the year.

Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson said “Methyl bromide is a very effective pesticide and a key part of New Zealand’s biosecurity defence, but it is toxic to humans and depletes the ozone layer. By recapturing the gas after use we can improve safety, protect the environment and still keep unwanted pests out of New Zealand.”

At Ports of Auckland both containers and loose or ‘breakbulk’ cargo are fumigated by pumping the gas into a container or a tarpaulin covering the freight. After fumigation, the gas is vented to the atmosphere and it is this last stage that will be stopped.

Ports of Auckland has a history of innovation to reduce methyl bromide use. It is the first and only port in New Zealand to use heat treatment, instead of fumigation, for some cargoes. Heat treatment is not suitable for all cargoes (for example fresh fruit) so fumigation is still necessary.

“We are not a major user of methyl bromide, but when it comes to caring for our people and the environment we think it is important to address every issue even if it seems small. Every step we take to reduce our emissions takes us closer to our ambitious goal of having zero emissions by 2040,” concluded Tony Gibson.

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