Signs of rodent activity have been detected on board the MV Island Trader this morning at the Birdon facility in Port Macquarie which creates a significant biosecurity risk for the freight delivery to Lord Howe Island due this week.
Birdon has received and acted on a Biosecurity Direction from the Department of Primary Industries to not load the vessel until such times as the ship is free of any sign of rodent activity for a period of seven days.
Birdon has indicated the voyage of the MV Island Trader will not be cancelled but will be delayed until the conditions of the direction are satisfied. Birdon will liaise directly with customers regarding the delay.
With the significant investment made in eradication to protect the island’s World Heritage values, it is imperative that this matter is given the highest priority.