• The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Development issued a Coastal Shipping Reforms Discussion Paper, where it suggests a change in current regulation of coastal trading, to ensure safe, secure and efficient coastal shipping as part of ...
  • Good Afternoon All, The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at MSC 92 (2013) instructed the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) to develop guidelines to address the safety of vessels carrying more than 12 industrial personnel on ...
  • The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has stopped a Korean cargo ship from entering Fijian waters after it was ordered to leave New Zealand on Sunday.Dense fouling of barnacles and tube worms were discovered on the hull of the DL Marigold, posing ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group  has welcomed its second ore carrier, FMG Grace into Port Hedland. Mr Andrew Forrest, Fortescue Founder and Chairman, was joined by Nicola and Grace Forrest, the ship’s namesake, as well as ten Vocational Training and ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group’s subsidiary Pilbara Marine has ordered six 32-metre rotor tugs from Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards to support its operations at Australian port of Port Hedland. The order was placed on the back of the company’s second ...
  • The largest shipment of iron ore has left the Port of Port Hedland on the vessel HL TUBARAO. The Fortescue Metals Group loaded vessel departed the port on late Wednesday morning, 1 March 2017. The vessel loaded a total of 270,006 tonnes and ...
  • A dirty vessel ordered to leave Tauranga in the weekend will have to be thoroughly cleaned before it can re-enter New Zealand waters, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand. MPI ordered the DL Marigold to leave New Zealand ...
  • Polarcus Limited (Polarcus) (OSE: PLCS) announced yesterday that the Company has finalized a contract for 3D marine seismic acquisition in Australia. The program will deliver a high quality broadband data-set utilizing one of the Company's highly ...
  • Dear AllYou have been consulted throughout 2016 for developing SOLAS regulations and associated new “guidelines for safe mooring operations for all ships” as Australia participated in the correspondence group established intersessionally by the ...
  • Subsea 7 S.A.  today announced the award of a sizeable contract by Cooper Energy Ltd for the Sole Development Project, offshore Australia The Sole gas field is located in the eastern part of the Gippsland Basin, approximately 40km offshore ...
  • In an effort to protect domestic and international seafarers and improve their safety and wellbeing onboard New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels, New Zealand said that it would start enforcing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) from March ...
  • DOF Subsea Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, for the provision of Multipurpose Support Vessel (MSV) Geoholm for the Prelude FLNG project, operated by Shell Australia. The ...
  • Two investigators from the Transport Accident Commission have flown to Akaroa from Wellington to begin an inquiry into how a luxury cruise liner managed to crash into another ship in Port Timaru. The Seabourn Encore, nicknamed the "sexiest ship at ...
  • THE Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed the historic first seaborne shipment of live slaughter cattle to China, which departed Portland in Victoria on Saturday (February 4). The consignment of 1200 cattle will be delivered ...
  • Pilbara Ports Authority has awarded a contract to Australian Maritime Systems Pty Ltd to design and install a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system in a new state-of-the-art shipping control tower in Port Hedland. The VTS system is a critical ...
  • Dry bulk vessels charterer BHP Billiton launched its online system for securing freight tonnage capacity with its first online auction last week. The web-based application allows vessel owners and operators to compete to transport BHP Billiton ...
  • Hamburg-Sud has become the second shipping line to confirm it will introduce a big ship service to Tauranga, taking advantage of the port's increased depth following its extensive dredging programme.  The seasonal weekly service is scheduled to ...
  • With the construction of a large and powerful Infield Support Vessel ART 100-46, towage provider KT Maritime is continuing to expand its fleet and activities in the Australasian region The ART 100-46, a customised RotorTug measuring 46 m in length ...
  • The ship involved in the recently halted hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 returned to port in Western Australia on Monday, where officials from the countries that funded the fruitless effort gathered to thank them and to defend their decision ...
  • Fugro has been awarded a contract from INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (INPEX) for subsea services to be executed across the Ichthys facilities in the Timor Sea, located approximately 220 kilometres from the coast of Western Australia. INPEX is ...
  • Good Morning All A further document (SDC 4/11/3) on this agenda item submitted by OCIMF has been published by IMO over the weekend. Commenting on the report of the correspondence group and the draft guidelines OCIMF refers to several chapters of the ...
  • Repairs are coming for two earthquake-damaged cranes on Wellington's port, but it will be months before they are back in use. Centreport says the two gantry cranes, which are more than 86 metres high and weigh 720 tonnes, have been inoperable since ...
  • Australia and Japan signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra today which will allow liquid hydrogen to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being ...
  • Two more documents have been published by IMO on agenda item 11 dealing with safe mooring. SDC 4/11/1 – Issues for further consideration regarding safe mooring operations – JapanProposed draft revised SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8 will apply to ships ...
  • Dear All SDC 4/8/1 – submitted by the USFurther to my below email sent on 9 December 2016, another document (SDC 4/8/1) has just been published by IMO submitted by the US on the subject. Commenting on document SDC 4/8 submitted by Germany, the US ...
  • New Zealand has ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which is scheduled to enter into force on September 8, 2017. The accession brings the number of states party to the convention to 54, representing 53.30% of the world’s ...
  • The state-owned rail company is also considering investing millions of dollars more into passenger carriages. KiwiRail leases two of its three Interislander ferries the Kaitaki and the Kaiarahi, and it owns the Aratere. The latter has been dogged ...
  • Australia’s Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has delivered a total monthly throughput of 60.5 million tons (Mt) for the month of December 2016, an increase of 12% from the same month in 2015. The Port of Port Hedland achieved a monthly throughput of ...
  • The Australia/China start-up venture, Great Southern Shipping Australia Pty Ltd, has gone into liquidation, according to an Australian Securities and Investment Commission notice filed on 22 December. GSS was set up in May this year with Australian ...
  • New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) has commissioned a feasibility study to look at alternative methods for powering cruise ships when in port. The study will investigate powering ships from the national grid, known as cold ironing, as ...
  • When megaliner Ovation of the Seas made its Australian debut in Fremantle on Tuesday 6 December, the Fremantle Passenger Terminal handled the passenger equivalent of about 15 jumbo jets in nine hours. The Passenger Terminal handled a record 7544 ...
  • The prosecution of a passenger vessel operator and skipper, in relation to three women injured while on board the vessel, sends a reminder to everyone that the safety of those onboard is paramount, says Maritime NZ. The master and crew should have ...
  • Fortescue Metal Group’s (Fortescue) first Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC), FMG Nicola, has arrived in Port Hedland to complete its maiden voyage from China. A natural extension of Fortescue’s supply chain, FMG Nicola is the first of eight VLOCs which ...
  • The first of Australia’s new dedicated search and rescue aircraft has officially been accepted into service in Cairns. This is the first of four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jets to replace the tier one search and rescue aircraft used by the ...
  • Austal Limited  announced earlier today the company’s sixth new commercial vessel order for 2016, with the award of a €15.47 million (circa A$22million) contract for a high-speed passenger ferry from Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS Group) of ...
  • Melbourne-based shipping operator Toll Transport was convicted and fined a record AUD 1 million (around USD 752,000) over the death of an employee who was crushed to death while helping load the Tasmanian Achiever at Webb Dock in the Port Melbourne ...
  • Carnival Corporation has revealed that the new 133,500 gross ton cruise ship, originally designated for P&O Cruises Australia brand, will join Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet in late 2019. The 4,200-passenger ship, being the third vessel in the ...
  • Farstad Shipping ASA has been awarded the following charter contracts in Australia: ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration has issued a LOI to the AHTS Far Sirius (2014, UT 731 CD, 24,371 BHP) and the AHTS Far Saracen (2010, UT 731 CD, 23,664 BHP) to ...
  • Ovation of the Seas turned to berth in the Fremantle Inner Harbour on arrival.The ship is 348 metres long and the Inner Harbour is 420 metres wide. Ovation of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship ever to visit Australia, made its debut in Fremantle on ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s decision to detain a Hong Kong flagged container ship which dumped food waste in close proximity to Fraser Island in May was affirmed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal at a hearing on Friday, 25 ...
  • Warships, submarines and aircraft from all over the country are converging on Bass Strait for the final week of Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare activities. HMAS Adelaide lead six ships south from ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has officially named its first Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) at a ceremony in Jiangsu Province, China. The first of Fortescue’s VLOCs being constructed at Jiangsu’s Yangzijiang Shipyard will be called ‘FMG Nicola’ ...
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) announced yesterday that the Company has made recently upgrades to its New Kiwi Service operating between Australia, Noumea and New Zealand. MSC’s New Kiwi Service has been running in its current format ...
  • WE Tech has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solutions to a series of two 12,000 dwt RORO vessels. They are to be built for the Australian shipping company Toll Shipping in Sinotrans & CSC affiliated Jinling Shipyard ...
  • Criminal charges have been laid against Japanese-based company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) in relation to alleged cartel conduct concerning the international shipping of cars, trucks, and buses to Australia between July 2009 and September ...
  • Australian livestock ship owner and operator Wellard Limited has, through its subsidiary Wellard Ships, reached an agreement to further defer the delivery of the livestock carrier Ocean Kelpie, currently being built by Croatian shipyard ...
  • An increased competition in Australia’s container stevedoring has pushed prices to their lowest level in seventeen years, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 2015-2016 Container Stevedoring Monitoring ...
  • LNG productionAmericans wondering what life with liquefied natural gas exports will bring can look to eastern Australia for a worst-case scenario. As Australia is set to overtake Qatar as the world’s largest exporter of LNG, its domestic market is ...
  • Presentation papers from Ergoship 2016 are now available on line < Back to Australia & New Zealand ...
  • THE Chinese government-owned shipping company blamed for the world’s largest grounding scar on the Great Barrier Reef says it can only be forced to pay just over $25 million in damages, if found liable for the disaster. Shenzhen Energy Transport Co ...
  • Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation, has signed a contract with the Australian Government to participate in the Competitive Evaluation Process, conducted by the Department of ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian from Australian ports for 12 months. The Five Stars Fujian has been detained by AMSA off Gladstone since 12 August after AMSA surveyors ...
  • Australian maritime workers have hailed a high court victory they say will protect local jobs on offshore oil and gas projects and curb the potential exploitation of foreign workers. The high court on Wednesday unanimously ruled against the federal ...
  • Total container throughput at Australia’s Port of Melbourne recorded its fastest growth rate since 2011-12, increasing by 2.3% to 2.6 million TEUs in the 2016 fiscal year ended June 30, compared to the previous year. Full container imports went up ...
  • Fremantle Ports Community Newsletter is now available: - Portfolio September 2016 < Back to Australia & New Zealand ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system for emergency distress beacon detection is now operational and supporting search and rescue response in Australia. The new technology is ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is urging seafarers with international qualifications to check the validity of their STCW certificates. This is in recognition that many qualifications are set to expire on December 31, 2016, including ...
  • Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company formed by Austal Limited and Guandong Jianglong Shipbuilding of Zhuhai, China, has won the first ferry contract to build a 42 metre high speed aluminium ferry for Chinese mainland operator Blue Sea ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is inviting commercial vessel owners and operators to provide feedback on proposed levy models to recover costs associated with AMSA’s delivery of services under the National System for Domestic ...
  • The Australian Council of Mission to Seafarers has committed up to $10,000 after the Australian Marine Safety Authority found a coal ship’s crew weren’t paid wages in more than two months and its food supplies were dangerously low. The owners of a ...
  • Tug boat workers servicing Rio Tinto's iron ore division have voluntarily taken a pay cut Tugboat workers involved in shipping Rio Tinto's Western Australian iron ore to Asia have agreed to surrender a large chunk of their scheduled pay rises, as ...
  • 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 ...