BMSB RISK SEASON 2022-23 | WHAT’S NEW?

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)

On Tuesday 23 August last, EWS Group attended an online information session in anticipation of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk season 2022-23. It was organized by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Australia and the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand, the departments that are responsible for keeping BMSB out of their respective countries.

BMSB, what is it again?

BMSB is short for brown marmorated stink bug and is an agricultural, horticultural and social pest. This hitchhiker pest originates from Asia and has spread throughout North America and Europe in recent years. It can be found seeking shelter from cold weather in crevices or protected areas of shipping containers, vehicles, boats, caravans, machinery and personal stored items.

The risk of it arriving on cargo and containers in Australia and New Zealand is particularly high between September and April, coinciding with late autumn and winter in the northern hemisphere. The responsible government bodies of Australia and New Zealand require BMSB treatment of certain goods in order to minimize the risk of it becoming a major biosecurity concern.

BSMB treatment

BMSB is an agricultural pest

BMSB treatment needs to be conducted on target high risk goods manufactured in or shipped from target risk countries, exported from 1st September 2022 up to arrival in Australia and New Zealand on or before 30ieth April 2023, and to vessels that berth, load, or tranship from target risk countries within the same period. Approved treatment options include heat treatment and fumigation.

BMSB treatment providers

The information session was attended by treatment providers, both new and renewing, approved to conduct treatments against BMSB under the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme. The respective departments informed attendees about the updated measures for the upcoming season and emphasized the key role the industry plays in helping to keep Australia and New Zealand free from BMSB. The measures taken in the past years have proven to be successful.

Updated seasonal measures

Now, in order to maintain successful results, Australia and New Zealand continuously review the measures throughout the season and may make necessary adjustments based on detections of BMSB and changes in the risk pathways. Currently, new seasonal measures for BMSB risk season 2022-23 include the following.

  • Emerging risk countries – China and UK only
  • Chapters 39, 94 and 95 will be subject to random inspections for emerging risk countries
Heat treatment

A full update can be found under this leading link.

Teamwork

The session was concluded with a big thank you to the industry. It requires teamwork to keep the BMSB out of Australia and New Zealand. And that’s exactly what we offer you: teamwork! EWS Group is an approved BMSB treatment provider for both heat treatment and fumigation with a vast experience in the two fields. We would gladly team up with you to make sure your questions about shipment to Australia and New Zealand during BMSB risk season are answered and that you are provided with the right treatment and certificates complying with the requirements as set out in the scheme, allowing for carefree shipment.

Any questions?

Should you have any questions or seek technical advice, please do not hesitate to contact our BMSB expert Dennis van der Leeden.

Office: +32 472 25 75 55
Mobile: +32 35 41 27 92
Email: t.vermeerbergen@ews-group.com

We look forward to working together with you!

Cockroaches aboard ships

Cockroaches. With over 4,500 species worldwide, they come in all shapes and sizes. Whether the German, Oriental or Brown-banded cockroach, one thing is for sure:

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Moulds and damage

Fungi and toadstools or mushrooms are actually fast developed molds organism. Long-term moisture content of at least 22% can cause fungi on grass, trees, but also in basements and wooden floors. We think about beautiful mushrooms in nature knowing by red with white dots, but fungi in houses make us less happy and entail serious health risks and material damage. Few facts about fungi.

Plague
Fungi indoors is nothing more than a plague of a living organism. Not only due to high moisture content and poor ventilation, but also due to the spreading of seeds or spore  a serious pest can arise in no time. So be there on time!

Seasons
If you say autumn, you also say mushrooms. In autumn is more organic material are available for fungi to feed themselves. But the fungus is actually present all year and in all seasons through a network of wires. Especially in basements and crawl spaces, it remains cool and moist and the wood serves as a good breeding ground through cellulose (nutrient of moulds).

Catch a cold
In fall or spring you might think you have a nose cold after another sneeze or sniffling. It may well be that there are moulds in your house. Are the plinths becoming loose and do you smell an earthy, stale air? Then all alarm bells should ring.

Behaviour
Fungi are most common in crawl spaces and basements in homes built before 1960. These homes consist of wooden floors where fungi can easily settle. The behaviour of residents can influence the development of fungi. Some tenants report fungal nuisance too late, because they simply do not notice it. Leaks, little ventilation and being economical with heating are also detrimental. Within a few months, a hole will be form in the floor due to uncontrollable fungi . Another reason to turn the heater up in fall and winter.

Treatment

Fungi are treatable and damage can be limited by acting in time. EWS Pest control employees are qualified specialists who, after the removal of moulds, can treat the room preventively against moulds by, for example, placing insulation chips so that the room remains drier. You can say goodbye for a long time to all your fungi problems.

Lineas and EWS Group double fumigation capacity in Port of Antwerp

Antwerp, 15 October 2020 – EWS Group, that specializes in fumigation and gas measurement, together with Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, will double the fumigation capacity at the Main Hub in Antwerp. This enables them to meet the strongly increased demand for lumber transport from Europe to China. Every week more than 3.000 containers of wood pass through the Main Hub, double of last year’s 1.000 – 1.500 containers per week.

Hundreds of thousands of containers lumber leave Europe for China every year, where it is processed into chipboard and furniture. This wood comes from German production forests, that have recently become infested with the bark beetle, increasing the speed at which the trees need to be cut.

The wood travels by rail or truck to the Port of Antwerp. The fumigation process then neutralizes the beetles. Fumigation, also known as the quarantine treatment, is mandatory for wood to be transported to China.

After a treatment of 24 hours, the containers can continue their journey. Thanks to a railway connection with the fumigation zone, the containers are brought straight to the deep-sea quays on Lineas’ so-called LORO and RORO trains. They run several times a day to the deep-sea quays on the Port of Antwerp’s Left Bank and Right Bank.

Due to the increased demand from China, Lineas and EWS Group have doubled their capacity on the Main Hub. The cooperation started in 2017 with two zones for twenty 40ft containers. The terminal will now be extended to four zones for twenty 40ft containers.

About EWS Group

EWS Group is the specialist and innovative partner for all forms of pest control, fumigation, gas measurements, ventilation and bio treatment of goods in storage.

The headquarters of EWS Group is located in Werkendam, the Netherlands. In addition to the headquarters in the Netherlands, EWS has several European branches in Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, England, Spain and Germany.

The mission of EWS Group is to remove the customer’s concerns about bioinfections and hygiene risks. Our vision is to realize, together with our employees, a leading position in the industry through cooperation, innovations and transparent agreements with clients. EWS Group takes into account the effects of our business operations on people, environment and society.

About Lineas

Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe with its headquarters in Belgium and branches in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. 

The company’s mission is to provide rail products and services of such quality that customers shift the transportation of their goods from road to rail in order to improve their supply chain and reduce the negative impact of their operations on climate, mobility and air quality.

Lineas’ main product is the Green Xpress Network, which provides fast and reliable rail connections between Belgium and major European hubs on a daily basis. It bundles different types of freight into a single train. The GXN offer was launched in 2014 and already has 20 connections.

Lineas employs more than 2,100 people and has a fleet of more than 250 locomotives and 7,000 wagons. The company’s shareholders are the independent private equity group Argos Wityu together with the management of Lineas (90%) and NMBS (10%).

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Your time is valuable. That is why EWS Group has developed an Online Portal for its customers!

In this portal you can register and follow your gas measurements of containers. Schedules are visible 24/7 and it is nice to know that you can make your own analysis.

The portal serves as a fully automated reduction tool that is truly unique in the market.

Want to know more about our online portal? Check out our brand new animation about the Online Portal.

The Duration of ventilation when gas releases in containers is difficult to predict

Many people do not realize that dangerous gases are released from goods inside of sea containers. For Arjen van Perk, Operations Support Coordinator at EWS Gas Measurement, this is a daily routine. How much dangerous gas will be release in a sea container cannot be predicted, but accidents and damage can be prevented. Arjen explains how.

Physics
The first question is how these dangerous gases actually arise. “A little knowledge of physics and chemistry is useful, Arjen warns. “In the production of goods, there is a frequent use of solvents”. As the temperature in a sea container increases, the speed of the molecules of these solvents increases and will escape from the product. This is called “desorption”. There is very little ventilation in a sea container so these molecules will accumulate in gaseous form. The concentration will possibly increase during transit.

Limit value
Due to progressive insight, limit values ​​of various substances are regularly adjusted downwards. After extensive research at European level, limit values are set for additional gases. A common gas that has been found in recent years, for example, is ethylene oxide (EtO). This substance is often used to sterilise medical products.

Dangerous
The gases in a closed sea container will release when the container is unloaded. These potentially dangerous concentrations of gas can be inhaled by logistics personnel who have to unload the containers. In the long term, this can be very harmful to health. The gases can adversely affect fertility and cause hereditary changes and / or cancer. This certainly applies to the so-called CMR substances. The gases found in containers that have been “fumigated” with Methyl Bromide, Phosphine and Sulfuryl difluoride against insects can even result in instant death. “The concentrations of gases cannot be predicted, so measuring and ventilating when the concentration is to high is the best option to prevent damage to health,” says Arjen.

Ventilation
It is difficult to predict how long ventilation will take. It has to do with the level of the gas concentration at the start of the ventilation, the temperature and how the cargo is loaded inside the sea container. When a sea container is full of boxes, it is still difficult to achieve efficient air circulation with a fan. Goods that are composed of fiber material and glue such as chipboard, will continue to evaporate gases even after ventilation for a longer period of time. “If it appears that ventilation of the container has no effect, we can unload the container for the customer with the use of  respiratory protection” , says Arjen.

EWS Group now also active in Poland

This September EWS Group will be able to add another new location on its impressive list: Poland. EWS Gas Measurement will carry out measurements and ventilations on containers at PCC Terminal in Brzeg Dolny.

The new location is half an hour’s drive from the logistic hotspot in Wroclaw and was created by a request from a large retailer who has established a new warehouse near the terminal. “Ten years ago, EWS ventilated the first containers at the terminals in Brabant in The Netherlands. . After opening locations in Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Italy and England, Poland will be the next one.  Proud of what an enthusiastic group of people can achieve! ”, Says CCO Marcel van den Brink.

EWS expands capacity for the upcoming BMSB season

The “brown marmorated stink bug” or BMSB, the insect from Asia – but now also standing in the most parts of Europe – causes great damage to various crops.

Australia and New Zealand have imposed strict requirements against BMSB for container goods imported from September 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

These goods must be treated by fumigation or Heat Treatment.

Australia and New Zealand adjust the measures to be taken each year, but EWS has already prepared for a major capacity increase pending the coming season.

EWS has set up locations in several European countries and ports where treatments can take place.

Thinking of handling breakbulk, cars, containers and general cargo. EWS Group offers the solution for every object and / or volume!

Learn more about our BMSB Treatment solutions here.

USS MOUNT WHITNEY I DAILY DISINFECTION ON BOARD

SS Mount Whitney is one of two Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ships of the United States Navy and is the flagship and command ship of the United States Sixth Fleet. USS Mount Whitney also serves as the Afloat Command Platform of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO. She is one of only a few commissioned ships to be assigned to Military Sealift Command.

Mount Whitney is the most sophisticated Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence (C4I) ship ever commissioned. She incorporates various elements of the most advanced C4I equipment and gives the embarked Joint Task Force Commander the capability to effectively command all units under their command.

Mount Whitney can transmit and receive large amounts of secure data to and from any point on earth through HF, UHF, VHF, and SHF (satellite) communications channels. This electronic technology enables the Joint Intelligence Center and Joint Operations Center to provide the most timely intelligence and operational support available in the Navy.

EWS Italy will take care of the Daily COVID-19 Prevention and Control Service on board, for the next 4 months, in the Port of Genoa.

Increased gas value in containers during summer

More sun hours, rising temperature and an higher percentage of rejected import containers. Every year EWS Group sees the rising percentage of containers with an excessively high gas value when the summer period begins. What is the exact reason behind the rising temperature vs. rejected containers? Will there be more gas added to containers? And what exactly does heat do?

Evaporation process
The answer to the question – “will there be more gas added to containers during this period?” – is no. About 90% of the rejected containers contain gases that arise from the evaporation process from the goods inside. After production, the goods are quickly placed in the container where the evaporation process continues. When the containers are in a cold environment and / or in an environment where there is less of sunlight, the temperature in the container would be lower. In the other way around, the container gets much warmer inside. Think about getting into a car that has been in the sun for several hours.

The result of more sun hours
What is the impact of heat in containers? When the temperature in containers will rise, the goods will evaporate more, which logically results in a higher gas value in containers. Below you’ll see a selection from our database to show the impact of more sun hours and warm temperatures.

Using this information to your advantage
So, now you know the gas value will increase when the temperature rises. Due to this reason, EWS uses Inland Terminals and the Drive-Through locations to perform gas measurements. Throughout the Netherlands EWS has collaborations with Inland Terminals and by having the gas measurements take place at one of these locations, the container can be directly connected to a ventilation system if the gas value is too high. This will prevent a unnecessary trip for your carriers because the container still appears to contain too high gas value on arrival. And don’t forget, you don’t have  to cancel the unloading team as well.

Ventilation without the desired result
However, ventilation can sometimes take longer than expected during this period. After disconnecting the ventilation, goods will evaporate in such a way that the gas value in the container increases again. There is also a solution for this case: EWS offers the possibility to unload the container at the customer’s location or an EWS location where we will use all necessary personal protective equipment. The container is a closed space with less air circulation. When the goods are unloaded safely with a mixture of “fresh” air, a high gas value is no longer measured. This means that the goods can still be delivered to the customer on time and the container can be returned to the terminal on time.

If you have any questions or problems regarding your measurements and ventilation, do not hesitate to contact us. We are pleased to assist you in your logistics process to offer the best solutions.

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