• Incat Crowther announced earlier today the launch of the 30m Passenger ferry Isle of La Digue. Built by Richardson Devine Marine, Isle of La Digue is the latest Incat Crowther-designed vessel for the Seychelles operator Inter-Island ...
  • The owner and master of a speed boat ride in Newcastle have pleaded guilty and been fined a total of $26,000 in a local magistrates court this week for failing to ensure the safe operation of a domestic commercial vessel. On 28 December 2015 the ...
  • A live export vessel involved in a disastrous voyage to the Middle East has been slapped with a temporary ban from operating after an investigation found a series of defects aboard the ship. The West Australian revealed this year how hundreds of ...
  • Competition between stevedoring companies at Australia’s three largest container ports is set to intensify as there are three stevedores competing at Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, a report from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ...
  • First Wheatstone LNG Cargo Departs for Japan Chevron’s Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Western Australia on Tuesday dispatched its first cargo of the chilled fuel to Japan. The cargo was lifted by the Asia Venture LNG ...
  • Anti-submarine officer who pursued U-boats in some of the bitterest convoy battles of the war CAPTAIN MIKE DOWNES, who has died aged 96, served in a decoy or “Q”-ship in 1940 and later, in the “Black May” of 1943, helped to defeat the U-boat ...
  • Incat Crowther has passed a significant milestone with the launch of their 500th vessel, Champion. Fittingly, the 27m catamaran passenger ferry was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding and demonstrates the long-term, win/win collaborative ...
  • Unflinching courage was the common thread that linked all three recipients of the 2017 Australian Search and Rescue Awards, which were held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Thursday night (19 October 2017). Presented by the National ...
  • Funding contributions have come from State Government agencies including Tourism WA, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Kimberley Ports Authority Local economy to benefit from increased cruise vessel visits to Broome from ...
  • The Tommy Norton, a Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 built at Damen Shipyards Yichang has been officially delivered to her owner, Gippsland Ports. The first dredger to be built by Damen Shipyards Group for Australia, the 60-metre ...
  • Austal Limited is proud to announce a milestone contract, valued at €126 million (A$190 million), to design and build two 117 metre high-speed vehicle passenger trimaran ferries for long term customer Fred Olsen S.A. of the Canary Islands, ...
  • What happenedOn 19 August 2016 at 1458, a Port Phillip Sea Pilot boarded Bow Singapore outside Port Phillip, Victoria. The pilot was to conduct the ship through The Rip and the South Channel to an anchorage in the northern part of Port Phillip.At ...
  • French container shipping major CMA CGM has reached an agreement to purchase through its subsidiary, ANL, the majority of the shares in SOFRANA Unilines, a regional shipping line based in the South Pacific. As informed, the acquisition of SOFRANA ...
  • BAE Systems Australia will transform Australia’s shipbuilding industry through the development of a digital shipyard in Adelaide, if selected to build nine Future Frigates for Australia. The Company will facilitate transfer to Australia of ...
  • A vessel berthed at Queensland Alumina Limited's wharf in Gladstone is believed to have spilled several tonnes of caustic soda, Queensland's Environment Department says initial reports show. The department said the leakage, which occurred about ...
  • The ConocoPhillips-operated Darwin LNG plant in Australia has shipped its 600th cargo of the chilled fuel since it started ops back in 2005. The 154,800-cbm Amadi liquefied natural gas carrier loaded the milestone cargo and left the Darwin LNG ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...