• We don't know exactly why Malcolm Turnbull's government chose the French to build 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.But the most expensive military contract in the nation's history seems to have been determined by sound. The French ...
  • Austal Australia has launched the VOLTA series of electric-powered high speed ferry solutions, with the introduction of the Passenger Express 46V, a fully electric-powered 46 metre catamaran ferry design. Austal’s new VOLTA series is distinct from ...
  • Good Day The following was received from our colleague at IFSMA. CMMA Australia is a member of IFSMA.  IFSMA is a Federation with a policy to ensure Safe Operational Practices, Preservation from Human Injury, Protection of the Marine Environment ...
  • New wave of vessels support global efforts to reduce carbon emissions The bulk carrier HL Green received a special greeting when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Port Hedland on Wednesday 6 January.  HL Green was the first LNG-fuelled vessel to ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has issued its most severe banning to date to the master and operator of the Marshall Islands flagged livestock carrier, Barkly Pearl last night. The Barkly Pearl was initially spotted on the 3rd November ...
  • The first of three new state-of-the-art tugs has arrived at Geraldton Port, boosting the Mid West Ports Authority capabilities to service exports for the region. Following a community naming competition, the first vessel was named ‘Svitzer North’ ...
  • Maintenance dredging at the Port of Mackay has been successfully completed on schedule. NQBP Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Fertin said the specialist dredging vessel TSHD Brisbane would depart the port today after commencing dredging operations ...
  • The largest and most famous coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, can still amaze even the most traveled ocean explorers. During an expedition off the coast of Australia, researchers aboard the Falkor, a vessel run by the Schmidt Ocean ...
  • How do you respond when you’re in charge of delivering one of the world’s most advanced icebreaker vessels in the middle of a global pandemic? This is the challenge Serco RSV Nuyina project director, David Astbury, has faced this year, with ...
  • The OOCL Rotterdam (capable of accommodating 8,063 TEU, 323m LOA and 42.8m beam) on the North East Asia A3 Central Service has set a new record within the Port of Melbourne and Australia for the highest container exchange in one single call – a ...
  • Ports of Auckland has signed a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug. The new tug, a Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 to be delivered in 2021, will have a 70-tonne bollard pull, the same as the ...
  • The following is an address by Captain Iain Steverson at the service on 5 December 2020 A  Significant Local Anniversary - 80 YearsAgain we gather to meet in this beautiful tranquil setting ,at the conclusion of what has been a truly dramatic year ...
  • On 17 December, the Australian government’s ban on cruise ships is set to expire. Since the Ruby Princess debacle, which resulted in 28 deaths and at least 854 passengers contracting Covid-19, cruises have been halted in Australia. Cruise companies ...
  • Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal Australia has launched the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), under construction at the Company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard. Under a ...
  • China is set to allow a shipment of Australian coal into the country, according to a person familiar with the matter, despite a ban on such imports remaining in place as tensions between Beijing and Canberra escalate. A cargo of 135,000 tons of ...
  • A comprehensive and interactive dashboard that predicts LNG demand and enables scenario modelling in Australia was developed as a result of the East Coast Australia LNG Joint Industry Project (EC JIP). Facilitated by leading classification society ...
  • The first shipment of the bumper New South Wales winter wheat harvest will leave Port of Newcastle this afternoon on the back of record production across the state. The departure of bulk carrier Ince Point – carrying 35,000 tonnes of wheat – marks ...
  • Australia’s newly completed icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, has left the Netherlands port of Vlissingen to commence trials in the North Sea. This marks the start of a month-long Sea Trials Phase and an important milestone for all involved in the icebreaker ...
  • Solstad Offshore ASA announced earlier today that Inpex Operations Australia Pty have extended the contracts previously agreed in October 2019 for the provision of two anchor handlers to support drilling for the Ichthys LNG development. Normand ...
  • The team behind the World Superyacht Award-winning support vessel Hodor has unveiled a new COVID-19 inspired shadow vessel concept named Haven. Designed by Incat Crowther, the ShadowCAT Haven is described as a “protective layer” to the owner’s ...
  • The Isle of Man Ship Registry has been selected as the flag state to oversee construction of two rail-enabled RoPax ferries that will connect New Zealand’s North and South Islands State-owned transport operator KiwiRail has commissioned the ...
  • It might be more difficult to carry out crew changes in the COVID-19 era, but that is no longer a valid excuse for vessel operators to keep seafarers on board for a year or more, the Australian government warned on Monday. The nation's maritime ...
  • Austal Limited announced on Thursday that Austal Vietnam has successfully delivered the first vessel fully constructed at the Vung Tau shipyard, the 94 metre high-speed catamaran ‘A.P.T James’ for the National Infrastructure Development Company ...
  • NINE Chinese and Filipino seafarers, some who have been onboard their Panama-flagged cargo ship Brio Faith for 20 months with no leave, will be reunited with their families after an intervention by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. AMSA ...
  • Stevedores’ revenues and profit margins increased overall in the last financial year despite the global pandemic causing the largest contraction in container volumes in a decade, according to the ACCC’s Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report ...
  • The Marshall Islands flagged livestock carrier MV Barkly Pearl, had sustained damage to its hull and was approximately 120 kilometres north of Geraldton when AMSA became involved. Last night, AMSA tasked its Challenger search and rescue jet to fly ...
  • An ATSB preliminary investigation report details that a container ship was rolling and pitching heavily in rough seas and high winds when it lost 50 containers overboard about 46 nautical miles south-east of Sydney on 24 May 2020. The on-going ...
  • • Regular direct connection between Singapore and Port Hedland (Western Australia) • Connection to over 400 ports leveraging the CMA CGM Group network • Servicing containerized and project cargo Earlier today, ANL has announced a new regular direct ...
  • The Board of Directors of BW Umuroa Pte. Ltd. (BWU), a wholly owned subsidiary of BW Offshore, on Thursday (Oct22) resolved to place BWU into voluntary liquidation. BWU is the owner and operator of the FPSO Umuroa which is presently located on the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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:   ...