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Welcome to Five Star Shipping

 Founded on October 1 (China's National Day) in 1980, Five Star Shipping was the first Sino-Australian Joint Venture Company established in Australia - a partnership between COSCO and Burns Philp & Co Ltd. In January 1994, Five Star Shipping became a wholly-owned COSCO Group Company.

Since 1980, Five Star Shipping has been the COSCO agent for both Liner Container Services and Bulk Vessels, handling more than 400 bulk vessel calls to Australia every year. COSCO Container Lines (COSCON) is one of the world's leading global providers of integrated container shipping services, serving customers all over the globe.

COSCON owns over 140 container vessels totaling over 520,000 TEUS as at April 2009, operating over 80 international shipping routes connecting over 155 principal ports in 53 countries and regions across the world.

With COSCON's extensive network, this allows Five Star Shipping to accept your cargo on any of COSCON's Liner Service Routes.

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    Please note that SOLAS VGM (verified gross mass) must be submitted no later than one full working day prior to vessel cut-off at Terminal.

    If you have any queries relating to the mandatory SOLAS VGM implementation, please contact your local Five Star Shipping office.

  • Container Gross Mass Verification


    In accordance with IMO Circular MSC. 1/Circ. 1475, from 1 July 2016 a packed container should not be loaded onto a ship unless the master or his representative and the terminal representative have obtained, in advance of vessel loading, the verified gross mass (VGM) of the container.