• The catamaran is the first of two 550 passenger Austal-designed vessels being constructed at the Company’s Philippines shipyard in Balamban, Cebu. The contract was awarded to Austal by Taiwan’s Brave Line in September 2017. The vessels include an ...
  • MIAL in conjuntion with Witherbys Publishing is holding a photographic competition to source a photo that would be appropriate for the front cover of Witherbys 2019 Passage Planning Guide for the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. GENERAL RULES ...
  • Southern contestants on Millionaire Hot Seat don't typically get questions about Darwin correct. Their knowledge of the Northern Territory is limited to crocs, fishing and oppressive heat. And so it was in June 2017, when then-federal treasurer ...
  • Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract for the widening of the Port Adelaide Outer Harbor shipping channel in Australia. The project was awarded by port owner and operator Flinders Ports. The contract carries a total ...
  • Established in 2011, Smartship Australia (Smartship) is a purpose built, modern maritime simulation facility of five marine simulators providing for advanced training, risk reduction and opportunities assessment. The facility is owned and operated ...
  • Since its launch in March 2018 the Port Kembla Gas project has made significant progress and is in the last stage of preparation for the Final Investment Decision.   The Project is now the most advanced of the proposed LNG import projects in ...
  • Maritime NZ detained the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Daiwan Justice on Saturday, 2 March 2019, at Lyttelton after a complaint the crews’ wages had not been paid for almost four months. Maritime NZ Southern Regional Compliance Manager Michael ...
  • Incat Crowther is pleased to announce a project to design a 1000-passenger high speed ro-pax ferry to operate between mainland China and Taiwan. To be built by AFAI Southern Shipyard, the Incat Crowther 113 design will be operated by Fujian Strait ...
  • 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, ...
  • Ronja Storm’s hull has arrived at Havyard yard in Leirvik, ready to become the biggest wellboat in the world. Ronja Storm will be the world’s biggest in more ways than just being much longer than other wellboats at 116 metres. There are also no ...
  • Australia is assisting with an oil spill clean-up and salvage operation for a bulk carrier that ran aground near a Solomon Islands World Heritage listed site more than two weeks ago. The MV Solomon Trader hit a reef on February 4 on Rennell island, ...
  • Dozens of vessels carrying Australian coal continue to be in limbo off the coast of China as restrictions on imports are introduced at key ports across the country. Beijing imposed import restrictions in January, primarily in the north-east of the ...
  • AAL has just delivered Victoria’s – and possibly Australia’s – largest ever transformer to the Stockyard Hill Windfarm Connection in Victoria on behalf of Australia-based global logistics solutions provider, Cargo Line International. The ...
  • Crew members aboard the MV Villa Deste bulk carrier who claimed to be underfed, according to an International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) statement from Wednesday, have sufficient provisions until February 15, the Australian Maritime Safety ...
  • The Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) engages the expertise of Jan De Nul Group to dredge the channel and further enhance the safe and sustainable access to the Port of Port Hedland. The project forms part of stage two of the Channel Risk and ...
  • CLAIMING they're starved and underpaid, sailors on board a coal ship off Hay Point, near Mackay, have appealed for help but a transport union says BHP is blocking its attempts to act. Since the Villa Deste berthed off Hay Point on January 24, the ...
  • The Port of Fremantle is the fastest out of Australia’s five biggest container ports for turning around trucks and containers, according to a report released late last year. Waterline 62, published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and ...
  • Dubai-based container port operator DP World has acquired an additional stake in DP World Australia (DPWA) from Gateway Infrastructure Investments and other financial investors valuing the company at an enterprise value of approximately AUD 1.4 ...
  • On 1 June 2018 the Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency lost 81 containers in heavy weather about 30 kilometres southeast of Newcastle. The AMSA contracted Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROUV) assessment of the containers lost from ...
  • The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has opposed the decision of BHP to remove Australian crew from two vessels that carried iron ore from Port Hedland in Western Australia to steelworks in Port Kembla and to China. The decision ...
  • Pilbara Ports Authority has achieved a new record tonnage on a single tide at the Port of Port Hedland. On 15 January 2019, 10 vessels departed the port in convoy carrying a total of 1,754,741 tonnes of bulk product, exceeding the previous record ...
  • Blue Star Line has contracted Deltamarin to continue with the design of Titanic II (see also CruiseMapper). The contract covers activities and tasks for the design process, consultancy and project management services. Deltamarin will provide Blue ...
  • L3 ASV announced the completion of a series of demonstrations at the Australian Defence Showcase, Autonomous Warrior 18, in Jervis Bay, Australia. In support of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), L3 ASV operated a 9-metre (30ft) ...
  •   The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has accused large multinational companies BHP and BlueScope Steel of using the January holiday period to quietly sack nearly 80 Australian seafarers and replace them with $2 an hour exploited foreign labour ...
  • Long-awaited plans to develop new port facilities at Port Hedland have moved a step closer with two companies short-listed to work up more detailed proposals. Pilbara Ports Authority will give Qube Bulk and Melbourne International RoRo & Auto ...
  • Aqualis Offshore has set up an office in Perth, Western Australia, to support oil and gas developments in the Australasia region.Aqualis Offshore is part of Oslo-listed energy consultancy group Aqualis ASA. “We have supported important projects ...
  • Maersk Mariner and Maersk Master will provide towing, anchor handling, supply and WROV services for the programme in the Northwest Shelf of Western Australia starting in Q2 2019. “We are proud to have the opportunity to utilise the advanced ...
  • Australia to extend marine, shipbuilding cooperation with Iran The Australian government decided to increase cooperation with Tehran in marine industries and shipbuilding irrespective of the US sanctions, announced the deputy head of Iran's ...
  • Since the article on 4 December about stink bugs arriving in New Zealand on a Car Carrier there have been several instances of their arrival on the Australian Coast. These are three ...
  • The maiden shipment of Fortescue Metals Group’s new 60.1% iron content product West Pilbara Fines, has left Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland bound for Hunan Valin Steel Co., Ltd in China. Fortescue will produce 5 – 10 million tonnes of West ...
  • A captain of a chemical tanker has lost his job after being found drunk aboard the vessel moments before it was due to leave Port Taranaki carrying tonnes of methanol. About 11pm on Tuesday, SG Pegasus shipmaster Saurabh Kumar Singh was waiting to ...
  • Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the design of a double-ended Ro-Pax Ferry to operate to Bruny Island in Tasmania.The vessel will be operated by Sealink Travel Group – one of Australia’s largest vessel operators – and will be built by ...
  • THE MV Jawan livestock export vessel has had another departure from Portland scuttled and its permit to carry livestock cancelled. The ship attempted to sail to the Middle East in recent weeks with a load of cattle on-board, however was twice ...
  • The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries Port Botany Operations Pty Ltd and Port Kembla Operations Pty Ltd for making agreements with the State of New South Wales that ...
  • LIVESTOCK exporters have announced a self-imposed moratorium on live sheep exports to the Middle East during the next northern summer. However it might be a case of ‘too little too late’ for Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who said “it ...
  • AUSTAL has commenced construction on a next generation 83 meter trimaran ferry for JR Kyushu of Japan at its shipyard in Western Australia. This trimaran vessel was developed in Henderson, Western Australia at Austal’s centre of excellence in ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group has officially named the first two tugs in its new fleet, FMG Hammerhead and FMG Mako, at a ceremony at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Hai Phong, Vietnam. Fortescue is procuring nine tugs, including six Advanced Rotor Tugs ...
  •   • Handover follows first shipment of LNG from Wheatstone Project last year • Remaining port infrastructure transferred to State and will be adapted for wider cargo trade uses • Port to sustain jobs from Wheatstone Project and wider trade through ...
  • "The Merchant Navy is as we in attendance appreciate unfortunately described as the ‘Forgotten Service’, in the eyes of the general public. Certainly not acknowledged formally at the National War Memorial, Canberra." These words are from the ...
  • Smit Lamnalco has been awarded an exclusive licence by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) to supply towage services in the Port of Gladstone. The licence will commence on 1 January 2019 for a five-year term, with an option to extend for a further ...
  • Remotely operated underwater vehicles will be used to confirm locations and assess the condition of shipping containers lost from the YM Efficiency in June in a bid to determine whether they are recoverable. Concerned with the lack of progress ship ...
  • Biosecurity New Zealand has directed a vehicle carrier to leave New Zealand waters following the discovery of stink bugs and other regulated pests. Biosecurity officers found three live and 39 dead brown marmorated stink bugs and 69 other dead ...
  • INPEX CORPORATION  today confirmed the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has departed from the INPEX-operatedIchthys LNG Project at its onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin, Northern Territory.  The first LNG shipment is destined ...
  • Good Afternoon All Comments due by 19 December 2018.  You are receiving this email because AMSA has identified you as stakeholders for consultation in developing Australian delegation brief for the 6th session of IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and ...
  • The Boulton Lecture was held in Brisbane on 25 October 2018. Above Branch Master Captain Kasper Kuiper with speaker Mr John Lines. Lecture is available at: Boulton Lecture ...
  • Napier Port’s resource consent applications to build an additional wharf on its container terminal and carry out further dredging have been approved Napier Port is a vital regional asset which supports local business to employ an estimated 27,000 ...
  • Australia-based shipbuilder Austal confirmed that its Australian business has been hit by a cyber attack which breached the company’s data management systems. “Following the breach the offender purported to offer certain materials for sale on the ...
  • The Miniport strategy is a bold initiative to create export gateways in remote or regional areas, boost economic growth and encourage population spread in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. The full presentation is available here: ...
  • AUSTAL operations in Henderson, Western Australia has launched the Auto Express 109m high-speed vehicle/passenger ferry ‘Express 4’  for Molslinjen of Denmark. This major project milestone involved the vessel being launched into the water for the ...
  • Monday's arrival of the largest container vessel to visit Port Chalmers in the past 47 years heralds a significant change for Southern export services. Rio de Janiero will be the first of seven ships capable of carrying more than 5900 TEU’s (20ft ...
  • The first of two new vessels for the community of Bruny Island will be built by Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) in Tasmania, SeaLink Travel Group (SeaLink) Managing Director Jeff Ellison said. “Following an extensive search and tender process, RDM, ...
  • That’s a dream or a nightmare, depending on whom you ask, but a colorful Australian business tycoon wants to make the option a reality.Clive Palmer, a mining magnate and conservative politician, says his long-stated wish to build a replica of the ...
  • AAL has announced the successful deployment for the first time in Australia of multi-lift ‘vacuum pad’ units, used in the discharge of pipes with its partner Qube. The cargo, which comprised 24,996 steel coated pipes units (18m in length each and ...
  • DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd., a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, announced earlier today that the company has been awarded a contract within the Oil and Gas sector for the provision of post-lay trenching services along 65km of umbilical offshore ...
  • This is the first of six shipments over the next eight months on the basis of a door to door contract by Accord Logistics from RPC’s yard at Lonsdale 30km south of Port Adelaide to the laydown site 25km from Townsville Port. Supervision of the ...
  • A French cruise company and ship’s Master have been fined $70,000 and $30,000 respectively for endangering human life and entering a prohibited zone following an incident in the remote New Zealand Subantarctic islands. French company Compagnie du ...
  •  Pilbara Ports Authority has received regulatory approval to support the export of ammonium nitrate through the Port of Dampier. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has issued Pilbara Ports Authority with a Special Berth ...
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has finalised its arbitration of a dispute between Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd (Glencore) and Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Ltd (PNO) about terms and conditions for accessing ...
  • 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 ...