• The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced new requirements for the safe transport of livestock by sea. They follow an independent review into the animal welfare assurances MPI receives from exporters, led by Mike Heron QC and ...
  • ITF reports say some seafarers had been working aboard the Panamanian-flagged MV ‘Metis Leader’ in excess of the 11 months maximum permitted under the MLC and vessels flagged to Panama, as well as the 14 months limit allowed by Australian ...
  • The data suggests that reporting of maritime incidents has improved, with a significant increase in the reporting of less serious incidents. The vast majority of these reports are of a technical nature (78.4%), with personal consequences ...
  • Maritime safety authority Maritime New Zealand has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from one of New Zealand’s biggest stevedoring companies, ISO Limited, after a near-fatal incident involving one of its workers in December 2017. The EU will ...
  • Squadron Energy announced earlier today that it has become 100 per cent owner and operator of Australian Industrial Energy Pty Ltd (AIE) under a new partnership arrangement to accelerate the development of the Port Kembla Gas Terminal ...
  • GEV is positioning itself as an early mover in the future of energy, leveraging its technical expertise in the engineering of marine pressure vessels to develop a compressed hydrogen ship for export and transport to customers demanding access to ...
  • Incat Tasmania’s latest vessel, the 100 metre ship destined for Trinidad and Tobago, was floated out of Incat’s drydock on Hobart’s Derwent River on 9ᵗʰ October and will remain alongside the shipyard wharf for machinery commissioning during ...
  • After a month-long journey of nearly 7000 kilometres, Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina has recently arrived at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s shipyard for the final stages of testing and commissioning.  She is expected to be delivered to ...
  • The Port of Melbourne has today released the final version of its 30 year Port Development Strategy 2050 (2050 PDS). Port of Melbourne CEO, Brendan Bourke says the 2050 PDS is a comprehensive plan for the future development of the Port, developed ...
  • Austal Australia has delivered Hull 396, Queen Beetle, to JR Kyushu Jet Ferry at a ceremony held at the Company’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. The 83 metre high-speed trimaran ferry is the first of its kind to be delivered to Japan and ...
  • Incat Crowther is pleased to announce that construction is well progressed on a pair of 199-passenger Incat Crowther 40m catamaran passenger ferries at AFAI Southern Shipyard, in the Peoples Republic of China. To be operated by the Zhuhai Fast ...
  • ZIM is entering the Australian market with a fast service connecting China with major ports in Australia. The new service, named China Australia Express (CAX), will offer 11-day transit time from South China to Sydney – one of the fastest in the ...
  • Last night we detected a distress beacon registered to an Australian yacht in the Mediterranean Sea about 160km east of Malta. We made contact with the vessel which reported being caught in severe weather and in need of assistance. We contacted the ...
  • Today we banned the Panama-flagged bulk carrier AC Sesoda for deliberately underpaying its crew by more than AUD $118,000. We boarded the ship at Mourilyan QLD last Thursday to investigate allegations about underpayment. During our investigation, ...
  • A live export ship carrying 5,800 head of cattle and 43 crew members, including two Australians, is missing in waters off south-western Japan. Japan's coast guard has told the ABC the freighter was carrying the crew including two Australians, two ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Unison Jasper from Australian ports for six months. The 36,300 dwt vessel has remained alongside in the Port of Newcastle, under detention, since 25 July ...
  • Damen has been working on the Australian Antarctic Supply Research Vessel since 2016. A floating laboratory icebreaker that will carry out research in the Southern Oceans and around Antarctica. After the initial construction of the vessel at Damen ...
  • Shell's massive floating LNG factory off the Kimberley coast has been in shutdown since February and industry analysts are divided on whether the $12-17 billion facility has a future. With five times the steel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and half a ...
  • BBC Rio, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship operated by JP Alliance Ship Management, has been banned from Australian ports for three months for serious and repeated safety and pollution prevention related failures, the Australian Maritime Safety ...
  • On 14 August, Höegh Tracer, the world’s largest PCTC vessel called the Port of Newcastle. This is the second Höegh Autoliners vessel to call the port in the past three months as a response to increased customer requests. Nicky Colaço, Höegh ...
  • Fugro has been selected to chart the waters of South Australia’s Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait as part of the Australian Government’s HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP). The 998 km2 survey will be conducted on behalf of the ...
  • Ports of Auckland Ltd was granted consent today to deepen the Waitemata Harbour shipping channel. The consent allows the channel to be deepened from 12.5m to between 14-14.2m. That will allow larger container ships such as the 366m-long New Panamax ...
  • The Federal Court has handed a major legal victory to 10 Australian seafarers who undertook a two-month sit-in to prevent their vessel, the MV Portland, from being replaced by foreign flag-of-convenience ships crewed by exploited workers. The ...
  • Seafarers aboard three vessels who’ve been stuck at sea beyond their original contracts are stalling vessels in Australia, halting work and demanding to be repatriated, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation. Port and border ...
  • Coronavirus restrictions in Europe have forced Australia's new icebreaker to be moved thousands of kilometres for final sea trials. The $529 million RSV Nuyina was on the verge of being completed at a shipyard in Romania but specialists have been ...
  • Solstad Offshore ASA announced on Monday (Aug03) that the AHTS’s Normand Saracen and Far Senator, along with the PSV Normand Leader, have been awarded a contract with BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd to support BP’s Ironbark Campaign in the ...
  • Overnight the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) banned the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier TW Hamburg from Australian ports for 12 months. AMSA boarded the ship in Gladstone on Friday 24 July 2020 after receiving correspondence that ...
  • New Zealand companies HamiltonJet and EV Maritime have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build advanced composite, battery-powered commuter ferries. Their cooperation was formalised at HamiltonJet’s Christchurch headquarters in May, in the ...
  • The 3D seismic data from Keraudren provides a marked improvement in data quality over targeted reservoir intervals discovered and appraised in the three Dorado wells drilled in 2018 and 2019.  The Keraudren 3D seismic survey was recently acquired ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has today banned the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Agia Sofia from Australian ports for six months.AMSA inspected the ship at Hay Point in Mackay on Saturday 25 July 2020 after receiving a complaint ...
  • In documents lodged in court on Thursday, the firm reveals it is seeking compensation on behalf of 800 passengers or their families and estates. Class actions practice lawyer Vicky Antzoulatos said the legal firm will allege passengers were not ...
  • This inspection campaign is being initiated in response to several serious incidents involving shipping containers lost overboard recently. Incidents like the losses of 81 containers off Newcastle by the YM Efficiency in 2018, 50 containers off ...
  • The State Government has ditched plans to build the replacement Spirit of Tasmania ships overseas, in favour of finding a local builder. Premier Peter Gutwein today said the Government had pulled out of its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ...
  • A new strategic cargo terminal has been officially opened at the recently upgraded Berth 4 Terminal at the Port of Townsville with the arrival of ‘Coronado Bay’. Today is the first time a container vessel has fully utilised the $10 million, 1.6 ...
  • Tauranga-based stevedoring company, C3 Limited, was fined $240,000 by the Auckland District Court yesterday after a 15 tonne excavator was dropped from a ship’s crane, narrowly missing five workers on the wharf below. “This was seconds away from ...
  • Svitzer Australia and Smit-Lamnalco have extended an agreement that will see Svitzer continue to provide service delivery on behalf of Smit-Lamnalco in four ports in Australia for another four years In August 2015 Svitzer and Smit-Lamnalco entered ...
  • A Singaporean-registered log carrier has suffered engine failure in the shipping channel at Port of Tauranga between Mauao (Mount Manganui) and Matakana Island, New Zealand. The 39,784 dwt ship, Funing, lost power while leaving Tauranga harbour, en ...
  • Port of Newcastle (PON) is one of seven Hunter institutions that have united to advocate for and drive local adoption of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Group members – PON, City of Newcastle, Compass Housing Services, ...
  • The builder of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates has told Defense News that the ship’s design remains “within agreed weight and space envelopes,” despite a recent report in Australian media claiming recent changes have caused ...
  • Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the delivery of Inkanyamba, a 20m Monohull Workboat, to the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR). Built by Cape Town shipbuilder Veecraft Marine, the vessel will be tasked by the South African ...
  • THE Port of Townsville is providing “in kind” support to North Queensland’s YWAM medical ship for six months. YWAM MS is a world-class medical ship that has been docked in Townsville since March and will be homed in the Townsville Marine Precinct ...
  • Thursday (Jun25), the Port of Melbourne welcomed the CMA CGM Ural, the largest container ship by maximum capacity to call at the port.  The 299 metre long vessel is one of six currently deployed on the South-East Asia - Australia trade route called ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responding to an incident involving the loss of about three shipping containers from the Liberian-flagged container ship, Navios Unite.  The ship reported losing the containers overboard in rough ...
  • Kongsberg Maritime (KM) announced on Wednesday (Jun 24) a milestone order which will see the company making its first delivery of large-size waterjets to Incat, Tasmania-based designers and builders of high-speed, environmentally-efficient wave ...
  • It was chosen from around 3000 name suggestions which included ideas such as Tuggy McTugface, Ashley Bloomfield, Electric Disco Biscuit, The Fighting Queen of Covid, Doug and many more. The port narrowed down the final four names with Sparky (slang ...
  • Earlier today we released APL England to allow the ship to sail from Australia to undertake repairs in China. We understand the ship will leave the Port of Brisbane this evening without cargo and with a new Master. Prior to allowing the ship to ...
  • AMSA has issued a direction ordering the owner of APL England to search for missing containers that were lost from their vessel off New South Wales last month.  The direction also orders the owners to recover containers as agreed with AMSA.  AMSA ...
  • It was once a simple, almost routine, matter. If you had suffered from heavy weather on passage, whether the ship or her cargo had been damaged, or even lost over the side, you would make the appropriate entries in the log book and on arrival at ...
  • ConocoPhillips Australia announced the 500th cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been loaded and sailed from the Australia Pacific LNG facility on Curtis Island, in Queensland.   ConocoPhillips Australia President, Nicholas McKenna, said the ...
  • The first of two Austal Auto Express 118 trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands has completed a rigorous program of sea trials in Western Australia. After launching in February, the ‘Bajamar Express’ (Austal Hull ...
  • KiwiRail is taking the next step to procure a new generation of Cook Strait ferries which will increase the capacity on this vital transport link, and increase its resilience. A Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a preferred shipyard to build two ...
  • In rough weather, early in the morning of 24 May, about 50 containers were lost overboard from the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England. Update: 30 MayCharges have been laid against the master of the APL England, which lost about 50 ...
  • The technology group Wärtsilä will provide the propulsion solutions for a new 115 metres long high-speed ferry. The vessel is being built by Austal at the Australian shipbuilder’s yard in the Philippines for Danish operator Molslinjen. It will ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responding to an incident involving the loss of about 40 containers overboard from the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England off the New South Wales coastline. The incident happened just ...
  •   Good Day Members   Please see the latest COVID-19 Border Restrictions update issued by MIAL on 17th May 2020.   Brgds   Capt. Stuart Davey Tel: +61437642544   COVID19 Border Restrictions ...
  • Geraldton-based Dave Perham, a highly experienced operator from Australia’s Western Rock Lobster fishery, has taken delivery of a new lobster boat from Dongara Marine that’s proven to have much lower fuel consumption than comparable ...
  • "Nairana", a unique all-aluminium ferry, is equipped with state-of-the-art propulsion solutions from SCHOTTEL. Australian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) has recently handed over the Incat Crowther design vessel to ferry owner and ...
  • On Friday afternoon (8 May) the vessel MV Pride returned to Port of Newcastle for the final time to discharge containers and pollution recovered from the ocean floor. The recovery operation began on April 3 and has seen 63 containers and tonnes of ...
  • The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) announced that sea trials of Australia’s new icebreaking research and supply vessel (RSV) “Nuyina” (s have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Construction of the ship commenced at Damen’s Galați ...
  • Australian authorities have detained a bulker identified as African Heron for carrying high sulfur fuel oil. “The vessel was found to have non-compliant fuel oil on board with sulphur content above 0.5%. This is not permitted under the carriage ban ...
  • It's fair to say that in times past there has been a degree of negativity around Australia’s geographic remoteness, far from the centres of power and influence.  The phrase the ‘tyranny of distance’, first coined around 1960, came into common usage ...
  • Dear colleagues, Hope all of you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. The news coming out these days is quite positive and as long as we continue to do the right thing individually, it can only get better. That being said, between ...
  • Australia-based shipping group ASP Ships Group (ASP) has acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in New Zealand’s Coastal Bulk Shipping Ltd (CBS). CBS is the owner and operator of MV Anatoki, a small general bulk cargo vessel that has operated around ...
  • An expansion of capacity at the planned Port Kembla Gas Terminal was approved in late April by the New South Wales Government. Limits on the number of LNG ships that can call at Port Kembla have been removed. The project originally assumed a flat ...
  • This large long awaited book published by the Nautical Association of Australia has finally arrived and we are pleased that our members will be the first to see it and have the chance to purchase a copy at the March AGM meeting. The book is hard ...
  • CMMA Queensland Branch are regular marchers at the ANZAC Day Parade. Due to the COVID19 shutdown Branch Members, Captain William Burton and Captain John Ellis were able to maintain the tradition by by having a driveway meeting with CMMA insignia on ...
  •   Good Day Members   On April 4th 2020 the Federal Court held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). It was planned to be held in Melbourne at the Seamans Centre however due to the restrictions imposed dsue to the COVID-19 outbreak then the meeting ...
  • The Australian Antarctic Division will use the MPV Everest to resupply its Antarctic stations and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island next summer. The Ice-Class Multi-purpose vessel is operated by Dutch company Maritime Construction Services and is ...
  • The Port of Townsville has found a local solution in its search for specialised industrial pavers for its new $30 million crane and cargo container terminal. Port of Townsville General Manager Infrastructure and Environment Marissa Wise said that, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...