• Dear colleagues,Thank you to David Wharington’s for following up on opportunity to book a sail on the James Craig. David’s message is copied below.We will inform you again, as soon as the Trybooking registration for the event has been set up.CMMA ...
  • The Newcastle Maritime Museum Society has made a presentation to the Newcastle Council for the Maritime Museum to be re-established. Below is a copy of the presentation: Newcastle Maritime Museum ...
  • Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal Australia has rolled out the hull (No. 394) and attached the superstructure for the first of two 118 metre trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands. ‘Bajamar ...
  • AMSA released an open tender to industry calling for proposals to remove the containers on 9 August 2019. Submissions closed on 23 September with seven submissions received. After reviewing the proposals AMSA has signed a contract with Ardent ...
  • Siem Offshore said the AHTS trio would support an upcoming drilling campaign of an oil and gas company in Australia. Siem Offshore did not reveal the name of the client. The contract duration for each vessel is 365 days + options and with the start ...
  • Freight companies between North Asia and Australia are at breaking point after suffering a significant decrease in demand. According to some sources, streamlining of services along the Asia to China to Australia trade route will lead to a decrease ...
  • Live export company Wellard has struck a deal to sell the world's largest purpose-built livestock vessel, the MV Ocean Shearer, for US$53 million (A$77.05m), in a bid to remedy the company's finances. The ship will be bought by one of the largest ...
  • Austal chief executive David Singleton must have been chuffed with US President Donald Trump’s choice of gift for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Trump's glass-encased offering was a scale model of USS Canberra, one in a long line of ...
  • Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has named Suiso Frontier, the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, at its yard Kobe Works, the company said. This vessel is owned by CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research ...
  • The competition watchdog has initiated Federal Court proceedings against Tasmania's state-owned ports operator, alleging it tried to shut a new pilotage business out of the market in order to protect its near monopoly on the island. The breaches ...
  • The keynote speech below was given by Captain Iain Steverson: MN Norah Head Service 7 December ...
  • Good Afternoon All Comments due by 3 January 2020. Please let me know if you don’t want to receive these consultation emails and we will exclude you in the next one. You are receiving this email because AMSA has identified you a stakeholder for ...
  • Good Afternoon All Comments due by 3 January 2020. Please let me know if you don’t want to receive these consultation emails and we will exclude you in the next one. You are receiving this email because AMSA has identified you a stakeholder for ...
  • New Zealand revealed plans to sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbors, Julie Anne Genter, the country’s Associate Transport Minister, said. Subject to completion of ...
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages confirmed it purchased the PACIFIC DAWN and PACIFIC ARIA from Carnival Corporation. A sales price for the 1994-built PACIFIC ARIA with capacity for 1,258 guests, and the 1991-built PACIFIC DAWN, with capacity for 2,020 ...
  • P&O Cruises Australia has announced that the Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will leave the fleet in 2021 as the Pacific Encounter will join the company; the ship is currently sailing as the Star Princess. Buyers for the 1994-built Pacific Aria, with ...
  • The USS Montgomery (LCS 8), an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designed and constructed by Austal, has successfully conducted a number of operations with two ships from the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea. While ...
  • Shearwater GeoServices Holding has been awarded the largest-ever 4D seismic campaign in the Asia Pacific region covering up to six fields operated by Woodside in Australia. The campaign, planned to commence in Q4 2019, covers new 4D acquisition ...
  • The grounding of a bulk carrier which lost power while transiting a channel from the Port of Weipa highlighted gaps in the port’s risk plans, an ATSB investigation into the incident has found. On 6 November 2017, the fully laden dry bulk carrier ...
  • INPEX CORPORATION today announced that the 100th shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has departed from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. Shipments of LNG ...
  • Solstad Offshore ASA has entered into a contract with Woodside for the provision of six vessels, of which two are Anchor Handlers and four are Platform Supply Vessels, to provide marine services for several offshore drilling campaigns in Australian ...
  • EPIK Co. Ltd., a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project development company, announced today that it has appointed Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited to serve as financial adviser for its Newcastle GasDock LNG import terminal. ANZ will ...
  • Austal and Canary Islands ferry company, Fred. Olsen S.A., are bringing together the best in commercial ferry interior design and premium customer experience for the new ‘Clase Oro’ VIP Lounge on board the new trimarans Bajamar Express and Bañaderos ...
  • In total 30 ships were lost in Australian waters, with 654 deaths in World War ll The following paper written by Patricia Miles, Curator, Australian Maritime Museum: WAR CASUALTIES AND THE MERCHANT NAVY ...
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has reached an agreement with Siemens AG to acquire an additional 10 per cent stake in Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm (Gwynt y Môr) in the United Kingdom (UK). Gwynt y Môr is a 576 MW offshore wind ...
  • Austal is pleased to announce a A$136 million contract for the design and construction of a new 115 metre high-speed catamaran for Molslinjen of Denmark. A follow-up order to the 109 metre high-speed catamaran Express 4, delivered to Molslinjen in ...
  • Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) has today lodged a Modification to its existing Development Consent (Consent) for its Port Kembla Gas Terminal in order to meet higher demand for natural gas during peak periods. As first flagged to the NSW ...
  • On 10 June 2018, the Danish-registered container ship Leda Maersk arrived off the Port of Otago, embarked a harbour pilot, and proceeded up the Lower Harbour channel at about 1800, during the hours of darkness. The master, officer of the watch and ...
  • The repeal of legislation related to the former publicly-owned shipping company Australian National Line, which was sold to a French owner, highlights the ongoing failure of the Morrison Government’s to support a strong domestic shipping ...
  • Port owner and operator Flinders Port Holdings intends to develop a new 50-year masterplan to guide the short, medium and long-term development of the seven South Australian ports under its control, including the container terminal at Port ...
  • With the successful start an important milestone has been reached in the execution of the contract to operate the tugboat fleet for Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) in Port Hedland, the world’s largest bulk export port on Australia´s west coast. ...
  • Drifting through the ocean, the sailors suddenly lost sight of water. Surrounding their boat was a floating mass of pumice rocks — the result of an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga two weeks ago. Queensland University of Technology geologist ...
  • Australia is on track to surpass Qatar as the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, according to Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (DIIS). Australia already surpasses Qatar in LNG export capacity and ...
  •   Port of Newcastle today welcomed New South Wales Government support for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at the Port.The Newcastle GasDock project - with an estimated direct onshore investment of up to AUD$250M* at the Port ...
  • Australia’s newest and biggest cargo ship was named as Tasmanian Achiever II at a special ceremony in Burnie Sunday (Feb17). Tasmanian Achiever II is the largest general cargo ship to fly the Australian flag and is set to enter service on 1 March, ...
  • The Palaszczuk Government’s new transhipping policy will protect the Great Barrier Reef and the tens of thousands of jobs that rely on the Reef.Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government was ...
  • 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 ...