• A Chinese-owned bulk carrier chartered to carry coal to Korea has been detained at the Port of Gladstone by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after crew members reported they were owed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. An ...
  • Drifting through the ocean, the sailors suddenly lost sight of water. Surrounding their boat was a floating mass of pumice rocks — the result of an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga two weeks ago. Queensland University of Technology geologist ...
  •   FROM OUR FEDERAL SECRETARY: I am currently representing shipping and ports on the MARITIME IRC committee as part of the Australian Industry Standards (AIS). As part of this committee we review and give input to the training packages and courses ...
  • New Zealand’s Napier Port has completed its NZD 234 million (around USD 150 million) initial public offer (IPO) that would enable the port to fund its long-term investment program.  A listing ceremony was held at the port’s Breakwater Road site in ...
  • Following continuing investigations by the ACCC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO), a Norwegian-based global shipping company, has today been charged with criminal cartel conduct. The charge relates to alleged cartel conduct concerning the ...
  • Australia is on track to surpass Qatar as the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, according to Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (DIIS). Australia already surpasses Qatar in LNG export capacity and ...
  •   Port of Newcastle today welcomed New South Wales Government support for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at the Port.The Newcastle GasDock project - with an estimated direct onshore investment of up to AUD$250M* at the Port ...
  • Italian bulk shipping company, Nova Marine Holdings, is poised to enter the livestock transport business, paying about $37m for Wellard's Ocean Swagman. Until last week the mid-sized vessel used by West Australian-based live exporter, Wellard, on ...
  • On 29th July, New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of an innovative new vessel. The RSD-E Tug 2513 will be the first fully-electric ship-handling tug in the world with 70 tonnes bollard ...
  • The following was received by our Federal Master: "On behalf of the Chairman & Directors we warmly acknowledge your contribution to our NATIONAL FUND RAISING APPEAL. We know that you will take appropriate pride in being among those Australian ...
  • Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd has been convicted of criminal cartel conduct and ordered by the Federal Court to pay a fine of $34.5 million.   The Federal Court found K-Line engaged in a cartel with other shipping companies in ...
  • On a route navigating some of the most unforgiving water along Australia’s southern coastline, the need to get everything right from the start becomes imperative. For veteran tug master Steve Kennedy, setting sail from Sydney last December with ...
  • Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the contract for the seabed intervention and shore crossing activities for Woodside’s proposed Scarborough export gas pipeline in North West Australia.  The contract awarded by Woodside Energy Ltd., ...
  • The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting Australian shipbuilder Austal and US private equity firm Cereus Capital Management have entered exclusive talks to take over one of the world’s largest shipyards. The pair are submitting a bid to buy Hanjin ...
  • Incat Tasmania’s newest 111-metre ferry has been handed over to her new Spanish operator Naviera Armas and departed Hobart Tuesday night 16 July for Spain. The ship, named Volcan de Tagoro (Incat Hull 091) is impressive in her distinctive red ...
  • Good Day BCAG members and those with a registered interest in the CCC subcommittee at the IMO, AMSA has received the agenda for the 6th session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 6) of the International Maritime ...
  • On 9 July, 2019 Höegh Trapper returned to the port of Mackay on its Europe to USA, Mexico and Oceania service. To commemorate the occasion representatives from North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, traditional owners and council members from ...
  • After almost two years of preparation, BHP’s Green Corridor joint industry project has taken off with the mining giant issuing a tender for 10+2+2 dual fuelled LNG newcastlemaxes with selected owners. The project is for transportation of iron ore ...
  •  TechnipFMC announces Thursday (Jul 04) that the first shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has sailed from Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility located 475 kilometers North East of Broome in Western Australia.  This ...
  • Australia's largest live export company Wellard has agreed to sell one of its livestock ships to Heytesbury Cattle Company for $US22 million ($31.2 million). Wellard will sell the Ocean Swagman, which has a capacity of 7,000 cattle or 26,000 sheep, ...
  • AGL Shipping has selected Höegh Esperanza as the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for the Crib Point project in Victoria, Australia, Norwegian FSRU owner Höegh LNG said. In December 2018, the two companies signed a time charter deal ...
  • The wreckage of a ship that mysteriously disappeared more than a century ago with no survivors has officially been located and 3D-mapped at the bottom of Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania. Scientists onboard the CSIRO Research Vessel ...
  • AFTER four months away as part of the Indo Pacific Endeavour task group, providing fuel and stores to the other ships and submarines, looking out the bridge window at Centrepoint tower as HMAS Success crossed line Zulu one last time was a wondrous ...
  • The Port of Port Hedland has welcomed its first conventional roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessel, giving industry a more cost-effective way of delivering cargo to the region. The 180m ‘Blue Ridge Highway’ arrived on Saturday evening and left Sunday ...
  • Incat Crowther has announced a contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry for operation in Korea. The Incat Crowther 65 will be built by Khan Co., Ltd of Geoje-si, Korea and operated by Dolphin Shipping Co., Ltd. The vessel will provide a ...
  • Incat Tasmania has launched a new 111-metre ferry from the shipyard at Hobart’s Prince of Wales Bay. The ship, named Volcan de Tagoro (Incat Hull 091) and in the distinctive red Naviera Armas livery, was launched on the high tide at 6.30 pm ...
  • Anyone who goes boating or on a cruise, or needs binoculars for everyday work in a marine environment should know that this type of gear must have certain characteristics. There are specific challenges that binoculars must face and, as the user, you ...
  • At a public meeting at Mt Crosby in 1996, the halting of dredging the Brisbane River was concluded. Lord Mayor Jim Soorley, claimed that the “ugly dredgers were causing bank erosion” from their diminutive 300hp engines and 4 knot speed, even though ...
  • INPEX CORPORATION announced today that the first shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has sailed from the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility, located 475 kilometers North East of Broome in Western Australia. INPEX is involved ...
  • VARD is cementing its relationship with Australia’s Coral Expeditions following the success of the recently delivered Coral Adventurer vessel, built at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam. Delivered in April, the 93.4 meter ship, of VARD 6 01 design, has ...
  • From the Federal Master Gentlemen The Merchant Navy Memorial Fund is upgrading the existing National Memorial in Kings Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The plan is to install two additional panels each side of the current Memorial and ...
  • Please see attached documentation with regards to the UK Honourable Company of Master Mariners “Chartered Master Mariners Scheme (CMMAR)”. We have recently been advised by Mr Angus Menzies of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners in UK that ...
  • 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 ...
  • AN AFRAMAX tanker, Densa Whale, was on Tuesday evening being towed to portafter reporting engine trouble. It was sailing from Kalamu (Congo) to Brisbane and was fully loaded at thetime when it experienced difficulties off the New South Wales south ...
  • The Seamanship School at the Royal Australian Navy’s Boatswains Faculty at HMAS Cerberus has two new simulators that will help ensure new boat coxswains go to sea much better prepared to hit the water at speed. The combined Jet RHIB (Rigid Hull ...
  • On 12 February 2017, the passenger ship Seabourn Encore was berthed at Number One Wharf in PrimePort Timaru to facilitate passenger excursions ashore. The ship was secured to mooring bollards on the wharf using its own mooring lines. During the day ...
  • Austal Limited has today delivered the second of two, 50 metre high-speed catamarans to Brave Line under the Company’s first commercial contract award to a Taiwan enterprise. The Austal-designed catamaran was built at the Company’s Philippines ...
  • Planning approval has been given for the $250 million Port Kembla Gas Terminal. Australian Industrial Energy will construct a new berth at Port Kembla to accommodate Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, a floating LNG handling facility, wharf ...
  • The Government is poised to make a big call on whether to move Auckland's port to the economically deprived region of Northland. Two major reports are landing on ministers' desks for decisions on moving Ports of Auckland's business to Northland and ...
  • The debate around Australia's need for a larger merchant shipping fleet has been going on since federation. It is a seemingly constant battle between the case for local jobs versus rising costs. At the moment, cost-cutting is on top, meaning ...
  • Tourism, business and political leaders have expressed disappointment after Newcastle's long-awaited cruise terminal was pronounced dead in the water. Port of Newcastle issued a media release on Tuesday announcing that Infrastructure NSW had ...
  • The wreckage of an Australian freight ship sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II has been uncovered by archaeologists off the coast of Victoria. The ore freighter SS Iron Crown sank within 60 seconds in June 1942 after it was hit by a ...
  • The 2018-19 cruise season in Fremantle wrapped on 28 March with Viking Sun departing after a debut visit. In all, there were 35 ship calls comprising 19 individual ships making 16 transit calls (where the ship calls as part of an ongoing voyage) ...
  •   MMA Offshore announced earlier today that it has been awarded a contract by Woodside to provide accommodation and walk-to-work vessel services to support platform maintenance operations on Woodside’s Australian assets over two scopes scheduled to ...
  • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has turned the sod on Brisbane's $158 million new International Cruise Terminal, heralding the start of a new era for Queensland's economy. The $158 million project is scheduled to open in October next year, with the ...
  • The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is launching an operation against German shipping company Johann M. K. Blumenthal, citing the company’s “continued refusal to recognise seafarers’ welfare and rights.” As explained by ITF, the ...
  • AAL reported earlier today that in February the Company successfully completed a major shipment of two mega tunnel boring machines (TBMs) from Nansha in South China to Sydney and Melbourne respectively, equipment that will help progress important ...
  • You may be interested to look at our new book on WA's colonial maritime history which has just been published by the Maritime Heritage Association (WA). The book is titled 'A Hazardous Life Captain G Forsyth (1843- 1894) Mariner and first harbour ...
  • South Korea’s Energy Projects and Infrastructure Korea (EPIK) has agreed a design, engineering and construction services deal for onshore infrastructure components of its Newcastle LNG FSRU import terminal. An undisclosed target EPC price has been ...
  • AUSTAL today announced the on-time delivery of the second Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence and then in a handover ceremony, presented the vessel to the Prime Minister of Tuvalu and his Government. This is the ...
  • Maritime NZ brought charges against Jianxi Chen, Captain of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Spinnaker SW on Friday 29 March 2019.Captain Chen was charged with permitting dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products under section 65(2) of ...
  • On 28 March Fremantle Ports celebrated 50 years since the start of the international container trade in Australia, with Fremantle the first port to receive a vessel. The first purpose-built fully-cellular container ship for international long-haul ...
  • Maritime NZ has welcomed the outcome of the High Court Declaratory Judgment that clarifies the requirements for pilot licenses under the Maritime Rules. The New Zealand Maritime Pilots Association and the New Zealand Merchant Service Guild sought ...
  • Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it had shipped the first condensate cargo from its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project off northwestern Australia over the weekend. "We can confirm that the first shipment of condensate has sailed ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Australia’s newest and biggest cargo ship was named as Tasmanian Achiever II at a special ceremony in Burnie Sunday (Feb17). Tasmanian Achiever II is the largest general cargo ship to fly the Australian flag and is set to enter service on 1 March, ...
  • The Palaszczuk Government’s new transhipping policy will protect the Great Barrier Reef and the tens of thousands of jobs that rely on the Reef.Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government was ...
  • On April 28 at a ceremony in Hobart Tasmania, the Australian Government signed a contract with DMS Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco, for the delivery, operation and maintenance of an Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) with ...
  • Maurice Thompson and Joel Cockerell of Clyde & Co LLP (Clyde & Co) say that Australian maritime law has been "radically" altered after a recent decision on maritime lien enforcement in relation to bunker supply contracts was handed down in an ...
  • VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has announced it has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September. The move strengthens VIKING’s offering in Australasia, adding 4 locations to ...
  • Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of Sea Transportation Corporation presented this paper at the recent ICHA Conference in Adelaide. The paper is essential  reading for anyone interested in the future of coastal shipping in Australia. Stuart is a member of our ...
  • NEWSLETTER OF NZCMM March 2015 Edition Part 1       On Deck Part 2 March 2014       March 2014 edition September 2013 Edition available at: www.mastermariners.org.nz March 2013 edition On_Deck_Issue_6.docx_saved.pdf September 2012 ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to ensure they dispose of their obsolete and unwanted distress beacons correctly after emergency services spent more than six hours homing a beacon eventually found dumped in bushland ...
  • The 2014-15 cruise season is shaping up to be big for Fremantle with 44 ship calls already booked compared with 31 ship calls (60,592 passengers) in the 2013-14 financial year. Fremantle is increasingly being used as a turnaround port with Sun ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to beware of a global scam offering overseas residents a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) and Australian visas to gain jobs with cruise companies. Scammers have been ...
  •   A CIVILIAN contract crew made two serious errors during sea trials for the navy’s biggest ever ship, damaging its hull and melting down electrical systems. The first of two $1.5 billion 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), to be known ...
  • A fresh controversy is brewing over the use of factory ships in Australian waters, with a plan to bring in a 4400-tonne east European-owned ship. MERIDIAN 1 would fish for blue grenadier in the Southern Ocean off Tasmania at a time of opposition to ...
  • Flensburger-Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has chalked up yet another global sales success by signing a contract with the Australian shipping company SeaRoad for a 181 metres long RoRo ferry ship new building. What is special about this ship however ...
  • From 1 July 2014, the government will decrease the Protection of the Sea Levy (PSL) to 11.25 cents per net registered tonne for defined vessels on an ongoing basis. The PSL revenue was levied to establish a $10 million pollution response fund to ...
  • Former submariners and retired admirals want the federal government to stump up “a fraction” of the taxpayer money spent on the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to try and find Australia’s first submarine. The nation’s most enduring ...
  • Holland America Line has completed an agreement for the transfer of RYNDAM and ms STATENDAM to their sister brand P&O Cruises in Australia, with delivery scheduled for November 2015. This announcement is also being shared right now with our ...
  • Sydney - Australia said on Monday it will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a new icebreaker ship to bolster its claim over large areas of Antarctica and replace an ageing vessel. 

Environment minister Greg Hunt said two Europe-based firms ...
  • Port of Napier has been guiding large vessels through Hawke's Bay waters using procedures outside maritime law for more than a decade, an investigation has found. In August last year the cargo ship IDAS Bulker departed Napier with a full cargo of ...
  • 1) The Interislander's boss has rejected accusations by NZ First leader Winston Peters that Kiwirail covered up three"serious incidents" involving the problem-plagued Cook Strait ferries in the past week - but has not denied two are being ...
  • Deal signed for the Port of Melbourne’s third international container terminal International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Anglo Ports, through their Australian subsidiary, Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICTL), ...
  • Princess Cruises has announced its first-ever year-round program of sailing from Fremantle in a move which reflects the growing popularity of cruises from Western Australia. Releasing its new 2015-16 cruise schedules, Princess Cruises revealed that ...
  • Australian warship HMAS Darwin has seized more than a tonne of heroin valued at almost $290 million from a smuggling boat off Kenya. The record 1032-kilogram haul was discovered aboard a dhow in the Indian Ocean, about 27 nautical miles east of ...
  • It took an Interislander ferry more than two hours and three attempts to berth at Picton. Picton man Kit Stevens watched from his window overlooking the Picton harbour as the Stena Alegra ferry first tried to berth about 6.30am. He and his wife ...
  • Australia's six Collins submarines are scheduled to retire from 2030, and planning for their replacements needs to start now. A new Defence policy document - also known as a white paper - due next year will say exactly how many new submarines we ...
  • On 8 April 2014 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, announced the release of an options paper on approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia. The Department is ...
  • Problems continue to plague KiwiRail's Interislander ferry service, with its replacement ferry, the Stena Alegra, requiring at least four days out-of action for repairs. The Stena Alegra, which began operating in New Zealand only in January, has ...
  • Sydney Ports has invested in the latest weather technology as part of its ongoing commitment to improving harbour safety. Global weather intelligence company MetraWeather has been contracted to deliver real-time weather and marine forecasting ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can confirm that the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free from the ice in Antarctica and are no longer in need of assistance. The United States Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star has been ...
  • New national standards for domestic commercial vessels covering crew competencies and operations have been unanimously agreed by the Standing Council of Transport and Infrastructure. The Council consists of Transport, Infrastructure and Planning ...
  • Queensland Branch member Stuart Ballantyne gives his views on "Master Mariners and the Spirit of Australia" Please click on to:   ...
  • This year is shaping up as a big one for the future HMAS Canberra, Australia's first helicopter landing dock and the third Royal Australian Navy vessel to bear the name of the national capital. BAE Systems maritime director Bill Saltzer said the ...
  • For NI Newsletters please click on to the following: June 2013                         July 2012:             NISEA_Newsletter_July_2012.pdf January 2012:       ...
  • March 2015 Edition Part 1       On Deck Part 2 March 2014       March 2014 edition September 2013 Editionavailable at: www.mastermariners.org.nz March 2013 edition On_Deck_Issue_6.docx_saved.pdf September 2012 ...