• VARD announced on Monday a contract for the design and construction of one expedition cruise vessel for Coral Expeditions of Australia. Newly developed by Vard Design in Norway in close cooperation with the customer, the vessel is specially ...
  • The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) says the conservative Australian Government is again trying to kill off cabotage by introducing a Bill today that waters down the rules surrounding foreign ships gaining temporary licences to ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Panama flagged bulk carrier DL Carnation for 12 months after the vessel was discovered keeping two sets of wage accounts, covering up the underpayment of crew. On Friday 8 September ...
  • FORTY years is a long career for anyone, but for a marine pilot it is almost unheard of - which makes Mike Boss-Walker’s career particularly impressive. The Senior Marine Pilot at North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP), who retires this ...
  • MEDIA RELEASE – Media Release from ECA Maritime College Brisbane Scottish Hero becomes a trainer The rescue vessel the Danial Thain has come a long way since it served on the Scottish Coast out of the port of Broughty, Dundee. On Friday 8 ...
  • The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) have launched a campaign aimed at “saving Australian shipping.” The campaign was triggered by the dwindling number of Aussie crews on Australian-flagged vessels ...
  • HPRM Ref: 2016/2636 Good Morning All Please send your comments by c.o.b. 11 September 2017 I have received Draft report (attached) to be sent to SDC 5 from the Coordinator of Safe Mooring correspondence group. Based on the last round (round 3) ...
  • Deepening the Fremantle Inner Harbour in 2010 to 14.7 metres has ensured that the Port of Fremantle can handle any of the largest container ships currently visiting Australia’s capital city ports. The international trend towards larger container ...
  • Austal Limited is pleased to announce a new contract valued at €73 million Euro (A$108 million) to design and build a 109 metre high-speed vehicle passenger ferry for Fjord Line of Norway. The all-aluminium catamaran, designed by Austal Australia, ...
  • Shell’s floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility Prelude has officially entered into Lloyd's Register class. At 488 metres long, 74 metres wide and displacing about 600,000 tonnes of water, Prelude is the largest floating offshore facility in ...
  • MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a leader in global container shipping, set a new record for the number of boxes loaded and unloaded at any Australian port. The record exchange of 4,000 containers took place at Patrick Terminal in Port Botany, ...
  • The Australian Government has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon Class Minehunter Coastal vessels. The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the project forecast in the Defence White Paper ...
  • Australian energy company AGL has selected Crib Point, Western Port, in Victoria as the preferred site for the construction of a gas import terminal. The company said that a gas import jetty and pipeline would be built in order to increase energy ...
  • The Port of Mackay Sunday welcomed one of the mining industry’s biggest and most critical pieces of equipment — a “stacker reclaimer” bound for the nearby Port of Hay Point. The stacker reclaimer — used to move coal from incoming trains to terminal ...
  • A ship's captain who was more than five times over the legal alcohol limit while bringing his logging ship to dock in Northland has been fined $3000. Anthony Baker, 53, pleaded guilty in the Whangarei District Court this morning to contravening ...
  • Giant global shipping lines ran a cartel for importing cars into Australia in a "deliberate, systematic" scheme resulting in a landmark conviction for one company and a massive $25 million fine. In the first case of its kind, Federal Court Justice ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Bahamas flagged bulk carrier MV Rena from Australian ports for six months after the ship repeatedly failed to pay outstanding wages and maintain a safe workplace for its crew. On 30 June AMSA ...
  • Fugro has been awarded a contract to install a subsea power cable for South Australia’s distribution network management company, SA Power Networks. The new 20,000 kVA/33,000 Volt cable will replace the existing 10,000 kVA/33,000 Volt undersea ...
  • Shell Australia yesterday confirmed that its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility has arrived in Australian waters. Prelude is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology, that will see a 488-metre long floating facility ...
  • Kooliga(2,881/1958) arriving Sydney 6 October 1962    photo J.Mathieson/NAA collection Kooliga is the cover photo of the current edition of The Log. All persons with an interest in ships and shipping are encouraged to subscribe to The Log, the ...
  • Australian energy company Cooper Energy has hired Norway’s offshore vessel provider Solstad Farstad to support its drilling operations within the Bass Strait region of Australia. Namely, the Australian company has awarded a contract to Solstad ...
  • Good Afternoon All, I have received the 3rd round documents from the Correspondence Group (CG) coordinator for comments and circulating the same. The content of the CG Coordinator’s email below explains progress to date and the future intentions ...
  • The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has criticized the Turnbull Government, saying that it “must stand up for Australian jobs in blue water shipping” after the crew on another Aussie vessel was dumped. The 1981-built bulk carrier CSL Thevenard, ...
  • The Australian Government has been urged to intervene to identify the owner of 36-year-old supply ship MV Yarabah that has spent almost two months languishing at Port Welshpool, in the South Gippsland region of Victoria. The International Transport ...
  • The Defence Department has provided an update on HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra, which have been docked in Sydney since March. Defence said the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels are due to complete their maintenance period this week after ...
  • Australia is focusing on the dangerous gaps in its maritime security, brought about by the Sage Sagittarius incidents, as it resumed the Senate Inquiry into Flag of Convenience (FOC) Shipping. The inquiry over national security issues was continued ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) fourth ore carrier FMG Sydney has been welcomed into Port Hedland by Fortescue Founder and Chairman Mr Andrew Forrest, following the deliveries of FMG Nicola, FMG Grace and FMG Sophia. Mr Forrest was joined by ...
  • The Australian Government’s decision to ratify the International Ballast Water Convention, announced today, brings Australia into line with global shipping standards. Shipping Australia’s members welcome this decision, which enhances marine ...
  • BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, is studying the introduction of giant, automated cargo ships to carry everything from iron ore to coal as part of a strategic shift that may disrupt the $334 billion global shipping ...
  • THE Queensland Government is expected to announce $70 million in funding for the Port of Townsville’s channel widening project. The project will create more than 100 new jobs while also supporting 8000 full-time jobs in industries that rely on the ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Papua New Guinea-flagged cargo ship Kiunga Chief from entering or using Australian ports for three months after the ship was detained for a third time in less than 18 months due to the ...
  • Marking the commencement of construction of the Damen Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV), a steel cutting ceremony has been held at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. Damen is constructing the ASRV for Serco Defence, a wholly owned subsidiary of ...
  • Australian livestock ship owner and operator Wellard Limited has signed a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to sell one of its livestock vessels, the M/V Ocean Outback. The company is selling the ship for a total of AUD 34.9 million (USD 26 ...
  • Two men who died on board one of the world's biggest coal ships in 2012 were victims of foul play, but there was no evidence the company was involved in their deaths or engaged in any cover up, a coroner has found. The inquest, which started in ...
  • Auckland ferry company, Fullers Group, has been fined $40,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $90,000 after passengers were injured when the Auckland ferry Kea collided with Victoria wharf at Devonport on 17 February 2015. The company pleaded ...
  • The INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project is celebrating the safe arrival of the central processing facility (CPF), the world’s largest semi-submersible platform, in the Australian waters of the Browse Basin today. The massive CPF (named the Ichthys ...
  • A dark timber 60-foot ship created a spectacle in Brisbane this week as it docked for the first time in Queensland's river city. SV Notorious is the only 15th-century caravel replica in the Southern Hemisphere and was hand-built from cypress by ...
  • Sickly cruise ship passengers are clogging up mainland medical waiting rooms and straining local health services as they try to avoid expensive on-board doctors, according to GPs in the Kimberley. Heather Briggs has operated a GP clinic in Broome ...
  • Good Morning All Further to my below email, I am pleased to inform you that the coordinators have extended the deadline by one week for submission of comments and accordingly I am passing it to you. So now your comments should reach me on or before ...
  • The Royal Australian Navy has conceded there might be design faults with its two largest ships which have been docked in Sydney since March undergoing urgent repair workEngineers are still trying to identify what is causing problems with the ...
  • Good Afternoon All I have received Round 2 documents (attached) from the coordinators of the safe mooring correspondence group for comments. You can see all comments from all participants including Australia's on the TOR 2 and TOR 3 documents. The ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) third ore carrier ‘FMG Sophia’ has been welcomed into Port Hedland by Fortescue Founder and Chairman Mr Andrew Forrest, following the recent deliveries of FMG Nicola and FMG Grace. Joined by Nicola Forrest, ...
  • Australia’s cruise line major Carnival Australia has decided to stop the homeporting of a number of its cruise ship services at the country’s Fremantle port. Carnival Australia confirmed that, while P&O will not base a ship in Fremantle, ships from ...
  • Australian shipbuilder Incat has been awarded a significant contract for the design and construction of a large new vehicle-passenger ferry for a major European operator.The new vessel for Naviera Armas is the second vessel in Incat’s new generation ...
  • When Freight e Com, a specialist in the yacht transportation industry was asked to ship a seven-metre wide catamaran across the globe, something had to be done. The unusually wide cargo required a customised solution and they turned to Höegh ...
  • The 109 m high speed vehicle-passenger catamaran ferry Express 3 has departed Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania on her delivery voyage to Denmark via the Panama Canal. The entirely new generation EXPRESS 3 will become the fourth catamaran from ...
  • Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore. The sea trials included testing of all on-board military systems. Following final vessel handover, MV Sycamore ...
  • Capital Ship Management Corp. received a Certificate of Appreciation by the Australian Government and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for the participation in a Maritime Winching exercise of M/V 'Attikos', a 178,929 dwt Capesize bulk ...
  • The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the waterjets for a new high-speed ferry being built by the Incat Tasmania yard in Australia for Malta based Virtu Ferries. When delivered, this vessel will be the largest high-speed ...
  • Cook Strait passenger ferry the Straitsman is the first New Zealand ship to be certified under the international Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). Maritime New Zealand congratulated Strait Shipping earlier this week for being the first commercial ...
  • AN ADVANCED management control system is soon to be guiding giant ships at the world’s largest bulk export port, Port Hedland. The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is designed and installed by management and navigation technology integration business, ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has recognised the master and crew of Panama-flagged car carrier MV Comet Ace for the remarkable rescue of a man over board in Vitiaz Strait on Saturday, 8 April 2017. AMSA presented an award to the ...
  • Mackenzie Marine & Towage of Esperance, Western Australia, has purchased two, twin-fin Azimuth Tractor Drive (ATD) Tugs 2412 for operations in Bunbury Port, on the south-west coast of Western Australia. The two vessels, named Cape Naturaliste and ...
  • Good Day, Australia will attend MSC 98 7-16 June 2017 and AMSA is preparing theAustralian Brief for the meeting.  Attached is the provisional agendafor the meeting. Under Agenda item 20 there is a submission from Swedenproposing a new output ...
  • Cruising ‘Down Under’ is yet to be given a new flavor as Queensland readies to attract giant cruise ships with a new cruise terminal. Namely, Australia’s Port of Brisbane has embarked on a project aimed at tapping Queensland’s abundant cruise ...
  • The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Development issued a Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper, where it suggests a change in current regulation of coastal trading, to ensure safe, secure and efficient coastal shipping as part of ...
  • The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has stopped a Korean cargo ship from entering Fijian waters after it was ordered to leave New Zealand on Sunday.Dense fouling of barnacles and tube worms were discovered on the hull of the DL Marigold, posing ...
  • The largest shipment of iron ore has left the Port of Port Hedland on the vessel HL TUBARAO. The Fortescue Metals Group loaded vessel departed the port on late Wednesday morning, 1 March 2017. The vessel loaded a total of 270,006 tonnes and ...
  • A dirty vessel ordered to leave Tauranga in the weekend will have to be thoroughly cleaned before it can re-enter New Zealand waters, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand. MPI ordered the DL Marigold to leave New Zealand ...
  • Polarcus Limited (Polarcus) (OSE: PLCS) announced yesterday that the Company has finalized a contract for 3D marine seismic acquisition in Australia. The program will deliver a high quality broadband data-set utilizing one of the Company's highly ...
  • Subsea 7 S.A.  today announced the award of a sizeable contract by Cooper Energy Ltd for the Sole Development Project, offshore Australia The Sole gas field is located in the eastern part of the Gippsland Basin, approximately 40km offshore ...
  • DOF Subsea Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, for the provision of Multipurpose Support Vessel (MSV) Geoholm for the Prelude FLNG project, operated by Shell Australia. The ...
  • Two investigators from the Transport Accident Commission have flown to Akaroa from Wellington to begin an inquiry into how a luxury cruise liner managed to crash into another ship in Port Timaru. The Seabourn Encore, nicknamed the "sexiest ship at ...
  • THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed the historic first seaborne shipment of live slaughter cattle to China, which departed Portland in Victoria on Saturday (February 4). The consignment of 1200 cattle will be delivered ...
  • Pilbara Ports Authority has awarded a contract to Australian Maritime Systems Pty Ltd to design and install a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system in a new state-of-the-art shipping control tower in Port Hedland. The VTS system is a critical ...
  • On April 28 at a ceremony in Hobart Tasmania, the Australian Government signed a contract with DMS Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco, for the delivery, operation and maintenance of an Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) with ...
  • Maurice Thompson and Joel Cockerell of Clyde & Co LLP (Clyde & Co) say that Australian maritime law has been "radically" altered after a recent decision on maritime lien enforcement in relation to bunker supply contracts was handed down in an ...
  • VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has announced it has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September. The move strengthens VIKING’s offering in Australasia, adding 4 locations to ...
  • Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of Sea Transportation Corporation presented this paper at the recent ICHA Conference in Adelaide. The paper is essential  reading for anyone interested in the future of coastal shipping in Australia. Stuart is a member of our ...
  • NEWSLETTER OF NZCMM March 2015 Edition Part 1       On Deck Part 2 March 2014       March 2014 edition September 2013 Edition available at: www.mastermariners.org.nz March 2013 edition On_Deck_Issue_6.docx_saved.pdf September 2012 ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to ensure they dispose of their obsolete and unwanted distress beacons correctly after emergency services spent more than six hours homing a beacon eventually found dumped in bushland ...
  • The 2014-15 cruise season is shaping up to be big for Fremantle with 44 ship calls already booked compared with 31 ship calls (60,592 passengers) in the 2013-14 financial year. Fremantle is increasingly being used as a turnaround port with Sun ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to beware of a global scam offering overseas residents a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) and Australian visas to gain jobs with cruise companies. Scammers have been ...
  •   A CIVILIAN contract crew made two serious errors during sea trials for the navy’s biggest ever ship, damaging its hull and melting down electrical systems. The first of two $1.5 billion 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), to be known ...
  • A fresh controversy is brewing over the use of factory ships in Australian waters, with a plan to bring in a 4400-tonne east European-owned ship. MERIDIAN 1 would fish for blue grenadier in the Southern Ocean off Tasmania at a time of opposition to ...
  • Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has chalked up yet another global sales success by signing a contract with the Australian shipping company SeaRoad for a 181 metres long RoRo ferry ship new building. What is special about this ship however ...
  • From 1 July 2014, the government will decrease the Protection of the Sea Levy (PSL) to 11.25 cents per net registered tonne for defined vessels on an ongoing basis. The PSL revenue was levied to establish a $10 million pollution response fund to ...
  • Former submariners and retired admirals want the federal government to stump up “a fraction” of the taxpayer money spent on the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to try and find Australia’s first submarine. The nation’s most enduring ...
  • Holland America Line has completed an agreement for the transfer of RYNDAM and ms STATENDAM to their sister brand P&O Cruises in Australia, with delivery scheduled for November 2015. This announcement is also being shared right now with our ...
  • Sydney - Australia said on Monday it will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a new icebreaker ship to bolster its claim over large areas of Antarctica and replace an ageing vessel. 

Environment minister Greg Hunt said two Europe-based firms ...
  • Port of Napier has been guiding large vessels through Hawke's Bay waters using procedures outside maritime law for more than a decade, an investigation has found. In August last year the cargo ship IDAS Bulker departed Napier with a full cargo of ...
  • 1) The Interislander's boss has rejected accusations by NZ First leader Winston Peters that Kiwirail covered up three"serious incidents" involving the problem-plagued Cook Strait ferries in the past week - but has not denied two are being ...
  • Deal signed for the Port of Melbourne’s third international container terminal International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Anglo Ports, through their Australian subsidiary, Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICTL), ...
  • Princess Cruises has announced its first-ever year-round program of sailing from Fremantle in a move which reflects the growing popularity of cruises from Western Australia. Releasing its new 2015-16 cruise schedules, Princess Cruises revealed that ...
  • Australian warship HMAS Darwin has seized more than a tonne of heroin valued at almost $290 million from a smuggling boat off Kenya. The record 1032-kilogram haul was discovered aboard a dhow in the Indian Ocean, about 27 nautical miles east of ...
  • It took an Interislander ferry more than two hours and three attempts to berth at Picton. Picton man Kit Stevens watched from his window overlooking the Picton harbour as the Stena Alegra ferry first tried to berth about 6.30am. He and his wife ...
  • Australia's six Collins submarines are scheduled to retire from 2030, and planning for their replacements needs to start now. A new Defence policy document - also known as a white paper - due next year will say exactly how many new submarines we ...
  • On 8 April 2014 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, announced the release of an options paper on approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia. The Department is ...
  • Problems continue to plague KiwiRail's Interislander ferry service, with its replacement ferry, the Stena Alegra, requiring at least four days out-of action for repairs. The Stena Alegra, which began operating in New Zealand only in January, has ...
  • Sydney Ports has invested in the latest weather technology as part of its ongoing commitment to improving harbour safety. Global weather intelligence company MetraWeather has been contracted to deliver real-time weather and marine forecasting ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can confirm that the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free from the ice in Antarctica and are no longer in need of assistance. The United States Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star has been ...
  • New national standards for domestic commercial vessels covering crew competencies and operations have been unanimously agreed by the Standing Council of Transport and Infrastructure. The Council consists of Transport, Infrastructure and Planning ...
  • Queensland Branch member Stuart Ballantyne gives his views on "Master Mariners and the Spirit of Australia" Please click on to:   ...
  • This year is shaping up as a big one for the future HMAS Canberra, Australia's first helicopter landing dock and the third Royal Australian Navy vessel to bear the name of the national capital. BAE Systems maritime director Bill Saltzer said the ...
  • For NI Newsletters please click on to the following: June 2013                         July 2012:             NISEA_Newsletter_July_2012.pdf January 2012:       ...
  • March 2015 Edition Part 1       On Deck Part 2 March 2014       March 2014 edition September 2013 Editionavailable at: www.mastermariners.org.nz March 2013 edition On_Deck_Issue_6.docx_saved.pdf September 2012 ...