Ship returned to China after pest found
A SHIP carrying cars and machinery has been sent back to China because brown marmorated stink bugs on board could have decimated Australia’s $12 billion horticultural industry.
The MV Triumph, owned by Armacup, had come through multiple ports.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Australia would never compromise on keeping its farm sector safe.
“Department of Agriculture inspections found more than a hundred brown marmorated stink bugs and other bugs on the Triumph, which indicates a live population on the boat. These bugs eat everything from tomatoes to apples and broccoli to beans,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The risk to our industry was unacceptable.
“We directed the vessel to leave our waters, which it now has.
“I thank the shipping line and operator for openly co-operating with us on the issue.”
The bug comes from Asia and is now wreaking havoc in parts of Europe.
The Federal Department of Agriculture put heightened surveillance for cargo vessels and additional pre-arrival reporting in place across extra exporting countries and goods.