• 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 ...
  • Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker floats and it doesn't leak. The Nuyina will be able to handle: • Waves up to sea state nine (14 metres plus significant wave height) • Wind speed up to Beaufort 12 (hurricane) • Air temperature ranging from 30 ...
  • Bahamas-flagged livestock carrier MV Maysora, which was detained while in Fremantle on Tuesday, September 18, by Australian authorities, has been released from detention. The ship was detained after a surveyor of Australian Maritime Safety ...
  • Automotive manufacturers, including Toyota, recently took the decision to close their plants in Australia and relocate production to other parts of the world. Considering alternatives to containersGiven the complexity of the moves, the freight ...
  • Executed with optimum efficiency and safety, AAL has performed a 3-month off-shore pipe haul and ship-to-ship (S-T-S) operation for the Greater Enfield Project – a subsea oil production project located in Exmouth, Australia. On behalf of TechnipFMC ...
  • OOCL SEOUL turned into Port Phillip Bay flanked by three tug-boats this afternoon having originally departed from Shanghai. The 325-metre freighter churned up plenty of dust as it twisted into line with cranes at Webb dock, officially becoming the ...
  • Craig Carmody, CEO of the Port of Newcastle, announced today that in the past three weeks, the Port had received a number of unsolicited bids to develop and operate a container terminal in Newcastle.  "I can confirm that the Port of Newcastle has ...
  • Cruise company P&O Cruises Australia will be bidding farewell to one of its older vessels, Pacific Jewel, as part of its commitment to refresh the fleet. As informed, Pacific Jewel’s final cruise will be on February 24, 2019, before being ...
  • AUSTAL today celebrated the successful roll out of the Auto Express 109 metre high speed vehicle / passenger catamaran ferry ‘Express 4’ for Molslinjen of Denmark. The milestone involved the hull and superstructure leaving the construction halls, ...
  • 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 1 June 2018 the Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency lost 81 containers in heavy weather about 30 kilometres southeast of Newcastle. The initial sub-sea search for missing shipping containers from the YM Efficiency has identified a ...
  • The new CEO of the Port of Newcastle, Craig Carmody, Wednesday committed the Port of Newcastle to developing a world-class container terminal to boost jobs and business opportunities in the Hunter region and dramatically reduce the number of trucks ...
  • This notice aims to remind vessel owners, operators and masters of the need to stow and secure cargo containers in accordance with approved arrangements. BackgroundAll cargo, whether carried on or under deck, should be stowed and secured in ...
  • In 2012 the Club advised Members of changes to legislation in Australia which both increased fines for pollution from ships and allowed for these fines to be imposed on charterers as well as shipowners. The International Group Clubs issued a ...
  • Simply having better access to data makes a huge difference. On the surface, it was a relatively straightforward trial, called Trade-chain. A shipment of almonds was tracked from Mildura, Australia to Hamburg, Germany on the blockchain, facilitated ...
  • Sequence of eventsOn 1 June 2018, at about 0035 Eastern Standard Time, the Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency lost 81 containers overboard in gale-force weather conditions. At the time of the container loss, the ship was about 16 NM ...
  • Maritime NZ is making changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand ports for overseas, and for other recreational vessels in New Zealand waters. The changes come from recommendations in a detailed, 60-page report into ...
  • Australia has released a report following an investigation into the collision between the containership Beijing Bridge and fishing vessel Saxon Onward on January 23, 2018, off Gabo Island, Victoria. The vessels had been aware of each other’s ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Shandong Hai Wang for 12 months after it was discovered that crew had been deliberately underpaid. On Friday 6 July AMSA received information from the ...
  • The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has warned of potential disruption to the Port of Darwin if the new private port operator Landbridge does not come to the table recognising the legitimate claims of its workforce. MUA Assistant National ...
  • AMSA inspectors boarded the Australian-flagged MV Tomin in the Port of Yamba, New South Wales, on Monday and detained the vessel because AMSA suspected the vessel to be unseaworthy, substandard and a threat to the marine environment. AMSA ...
  • The sinking of the commercial charter vessel, Francie, provides a tragic illustration of the importance of lifejackets and the crucial decisions a skipper has to make. Maritime NZ Director, Keith Manch, said seven passengers and the skipper drowned ...
  • A pilot project to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships has wrapped up at the Port of Brisbane. The Brisbane pilot was conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), in partnership with the ...
  • The Liberian Registry has confirmed its support for an initiative by Australia calling on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reconsider transparency and the role of industry bodies in the organisation. Liberia is the largest flag ...
  • A dramatic fire aboard a bulk carrier at Port Kembla most likely began on the ship’s conveyor belt before taking hold in a 12,000 cubic metre pile of gravel-like material far below deck, firefighters say. The fire was detected about 3.30am Monday, ...
  • The date for the Special Meeting of the IFSMA General Assembly (Article 17) has now been set for 19th September 2018. The venue will be Trinity House which is located at Tower Hill in London, the meeting will start at 10:30. Directions/map will be ...
  • This is a moment of firsts for Prelude, and an opportunity to test processes and systems before the subsea wells are opened at start-up. It’s the first time a vessel has berthed side by side with Prelude and tested its offloading arms, in reverse ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna after it was detained for a third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. The ship was released from its ...
  • Brisbane will have a new $158 million cruise terminal in two years after a deal was reached between Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia. It is expected the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point, near the city’s airport, will ...
  • The South Australian Government has today approved a plan to widen the Port Adelaide shipping channel and dump the dredged waste in Gulf St Vincent.The controversial Flinders Ports plan involves removing 1.5 million cubic metres of material from the ...
  • The key Japanese backer of Andrew Forrest's proposed east coast gas import terminal has declared that it can source the world's cheapest LNG for the venture, helping ensure gas buyers get more bargaining power and lower prices. JERA's strength in ...
  • The following is an address at the service by Captain Iain Steverson Today we have acknowledged the service of Australian Merchant Mariners specifically during WW2 and the Families of those that were lost here today. In every overseas wartime ...
  • June 2 2018,  More debris is expected to wash onto beaches along the New South Wales coastline after a cargo ship lost 83 containers. Nappies and surgical masks have already washed ashore after the Liberian ship lost it's cargo in extreme weather ...
  • Plans for a $5 billion coal terminal in the world's biggest coal port in Newcastle have been scrapped. The huge investment to expand Newcastle's coal export capabilities was first announced in 2009 after thermal coal prices soared. The loader, ...
  • HMAS Warramunga has seized two more hauls of illicit narcotics valued at approximately AUD$315.4 million1 following boarding operations in international waters of the Arabian Sea this week. Warramunga is currently deployed to the Middle East under ...
  • Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of Spirit of the Wild, a spectacular new tour vessel for Gordon River Cruises, and the first in Australia to operate in World Heritage-listed wilderness with Silent Drive. Offering interpretive tours ...
  • NSW Ports will introduce an environmental incentive to apply to vessel related charges levied by NSW Ports at Port Botany and Port Kembla. NSW Ports is the first Australian port organisation to introduce such an incentive. NSW Ports is implementing ...
  • Austal Limited is pleased to announce that it has finalised the details of its previously announced investment of up to US$30 million for capacity expansion. This investment will be focused in the Company’s commercial shipbuilding facilities in ...
  • After four months of negotiations, Australian TT-Line Company Pty has firmed up its shipbuilding deal with German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) for the construction of two new Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) ships. The duo signed a ...
  • On 27 January 2016 the Maltese-flagged passenger ship Azamara Quest was en route to the port of Picton in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds, with 652 passengers and 394 crew on board. A harbour pilot boarded the Azamara Quest outside the entrance to ...
  • An expedition has returned after uncovering new clues about what happened to Australia's first submarine, HMAS AE1. The vessel disappeared in September 1914, with all 35 crew on board, and its fate was Australia's greatest naval mystery until ...
  • A boatie who sailed a yacht in an unsafe condition from Wellington to Westport has been sentenced to community detention, after ignoring conditions imposed by Maritime NZ that the vessel could not be operated outside Wellington Harbour. John ...
  • From May 15, all commercial and recreational vessel operators will have to show they have managed biofouling on their vessels before they enter New Zealand waters. New Zealand will thus become the first country in the world to introduce a ...
  • DP World Australia announced Tuesday the signing of a long-term partnership extension regarding service of CMA CGM Group vessels by DP World Australia at its terminals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. This partnership extension brings ...
  • As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster in modern times, the sinking of TEV Wahine on 10 April 1968 and the loss of 53 lives, we can see that lessons from that tragedy make shipping safer today. Maritime NZ ...
  • Towage company KOTUG has become the majority owner of KT Maritime Services Australia after acquiring Teekay’s stake in KTM. Specifically, KOTUG Australia and Teekay Shipping Australia have concluded a deal in order to re-shape KTM from a 50/50 ...
  • 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 ...