VICT reopens after protesters gain access to crane

1st May 2024

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) can confirm Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has reopened for operations as of approximately 10:00am AEST on Tuesday30 April 2024 after a security breach led to a temporary closure this morning when a group of pro-Palestinian protesters gained access to and climbed cranes at Webb Dock.

Authorities responded quickly to the situation, ensuring the safety of all involved including the protesters who had climbed the cranes. The situation was resolved peacefully, and there were no reports of injuries or damage to the terminal facilities.

FTA/APSA praise the effective response of the authorities and the terminal’s management team in handling the incident swiftly. The terminal is now fully operational, and efforts are being made to minimise the impact on shipping schedules and ensure that services return to normal as quickly as possible.

The protesters are once again targeting ports and live streaming their as a result of handling Israeli-owned ZIM vessels.

It is yet to be confirmed which protest group coordinated today’s protest, however, it is believed that the Whistleblowers, Activists, and Communities Alliance was behind the action, given their live stream of the event.

Article source: Tom Jensen – Head of International Freight & Logistics FTA | APSA