• The technology group Wärtsilä will provide the propulsion solutions for a new 115 metres long high-speed ferry. The vessel is being built by Austal at the Australian shipbuilder’s yard in the Philippines for Danish operator Molslinjen. It will ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responding to an incident involving the loss of about 40 containers overboard from the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England off the New South Wales coastline. The incident happened just ...
  •   Good Day Members   Please see the latest COVID-19 Border Restrictions update issued by MIAL on 17th May 2020.   Brgds   Capt. Stuart Davey Tel: +61437642544   COVID19 Border Restrictions ...
  • Geraldton-based Dave Perham, a highly experienced operator from Australia’s Western Rock Lobster fishery, has taken delivery of a new lobster boat from Dongara Marine that’s proven to have much lower fuel consumption than comparable ...
  • "Nairana", a unique all-aluminium ferry, is equipped with state-of-the-art propulsion solutions from SCHOTTEL. Australian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) has recently handed over the Incat Crowther design vessel to ferry owner and ...
  • On Friday afternoon (8 May) the vessel MV Pride returned to Port of Newcastle for the final time to discharge containers and pollution recovered from the ocean floor. The recovery operation began on April 3 and has seen 63 containers and tonnes of ...
  • The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) announced that sea trials of Australia’s new icebreaking research and supply vessel (RSV) “Nuyina” (s have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Construction of the ship commenced at Damen’s Galați ...
  • Australian authorities have detained a bulker identified as African Heron for carrying high sulfur fuel oil. “The vessel was found to have non-compliant fuel oil on board with sulphur content above 0.5%. This is not permitted under the carriage ban ...
  • It's fair to say that in times past there has been a degree of negativity around Australia’s geographic remoteness, far from the centres of power and influence.  The phrase the ‘tyranny of distance’, first coined around 1960, came into common usage ...
  • Dear colleagues, Hope all of you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. The news coming out these days is quite positive and as long as we continue to do the right thing individually, it can only get better. That being said, between ...
  • Australia-based shipping group ASP Ships Group (ASP) has acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in New Zealand’s Coastal Bulk Shipping Ltd (CBS). CBS is the owner and operator of MV Anatoki, a small general bulk cargo vessel that has operated around ...
  • An expansion of capacity at the planned Port Kembla Gas Terminal was approved in late April by the New South Wales Government. Limits on the number of LNG ships that can call at Port Kembla have been removed. The project originally assumed a flat ...
  • This large long awaited book published by the Nautical Association of Australia has finally arrived and we are pleased that our members will be the first to see it and have the chance to purchase a copy at the March AGM meeting. The book is hard ...
  • CMMA Queensland Branch are regular marchers at the ANZAC Day Parade. Due to the COVID19 shutdown Branch Members, Captain William Burton and Captain John Ellis were able to maintain the tradition by by having a driveway meeting with CMMA insignia on ...
  • Good Day   We would all be aware of the impact that this COVID-19 has had on the maritime industry worldwide. It has affected trade globally and our ports and shipping has seen a huge impact on their operations. No sector has been more impacted ...
  •   Good Day Members   On April 4th 2020 the Federal Court held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). It was planned to be held in Melbourne at the Seamans Centre however due to the restrictions imposed dsue to the COVID-19 outbreak then the meeting ...
  • The Australian Antarctic Division will use the MPV Everest to resupply its Antarctic stations and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island next summer. The Ice-Class Multi-purpose vessel is operated by Dutch company Maritime Construction Services and is ...
  • The Port of Townsville has found a local solution in its search for specialised industrial pavers for its new $30 million crane and cargo container terminal. Port of Townsville General Manager Infrastructure and Environment Marissa Wise said that, ...
  • Incat Crowther is proud to have been chosen to design an Aluminium Patrol Vessel for Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science. The Incat Crowther 17 was developed in a conceptual design process specifically to meet multiple operational ...
  • After 31 years of service, the Australian Antarctic Division's (AAD) RSV Aurora Australis vessel has embarked on its last voyage south, marking the end of an era for the affectionately nicknamed "Orange Roughy". The aim of the last voyage will be ...
  • Australia and the U.S. have signed an arrangement that will allow Australia to lease space in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to store and access Australian owned oil during a global emergency. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus ...
  • Operating across the Swan River between Elizabeth Quay and South Perth, the 23.7 metre aluminium catamaran can carry up to 148 passengers and has a loaded top speed in excess of 16 knots. With two catamaran ferries each providing departures every ...
  • Subsea 7 announced the award of a large contract by ConocoPhillips Australia Barossa Pty Ltd to deliver the SURF scope for the Barossa Project. The Barossa field is located 300 km offshore Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia Subsea 7’s ...
  • The ATSB is investigating a collision between the bulk carrier Accolade II and fishing vessel Sand Groper off Port Adelaide on 29 February 2020. The collision occurred in the vicinity of beacon 13 of Port Adelaide channel at about 0435. Accolade II ...
  • Austal has celebrated the company’s latest development in high-speed trimaran technology with the revealing of an 83 metre trimaran ferry, under construction for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan, at the company’s Henderson South shipyard in Western ...
  • Finnish Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) has been selected as a new builder of TT-Line Company’s Spirit of Tasmania vessels, with German Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) shipyard now being out of the race. The two roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) ...
  • The Australian Government has selected Fugro to join the HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP) to increase Australia’s hydrographic industry capability. The panel of industry partners was chosen as part of a long-term strategy to ensure ...
  • The ship was detained on February 9, 2020 for failing to pay AUD 20 million (USD 13.4 million) of pollution debt after losing a total of 81 containers in 2019.  A day later, on February 10, however, the ship was released after significant resources ...
  • The loss of 81 containers overboard from the container ship YM Efficiency highlights the importance of safe and effective container stowage planning, an ATSB investigation has found. Just after midnight on 1 June 2018, the YM Efficiency was ...
  • Austal Limited announced on Tuesday (Feb11) that Austal Philippines has successfully launched Hull 419, a 109 metre high-speed catamaran ferry, from the company’s recently expanded Balamban shipyard in Cebu. The vehicle-passenger ferry, to be known ...
  • Between 1764 and 1767 William Hutchison, a mariner who was then Harbour Master at Liverpool in England, carefully recorded the times and heights of high tide at the Liverpool Old Dock. In the 19th Century the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, that was ...
  • At 06:50 (AEDT) on Sunday the Federal Court Admiralty Marshall arrested the YM Eternity at Port Botany after AMSA petitioned the court to recover the outstanding debt. Both the YM Eternity and YM Efficiency are owned by a subsidiary of Taiwanese ...
  • Union leaders and researchers appearing before the Committee presented details on current maritime cabotage legislation worldwide and why a strong domestic maritime industry is critical to safeguarding Australia’s economic and national security, ...
  • The Port of Melbourne has announced a rail solution to meet the needs of a growing port, and to reduce truck movements in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs. The Port Rail Transformation Project (PRTP) will see more containers moved by rail more ...
  • Austal Limited announced on Wednesday (Jan22) that it has been awarded a A$15.5 million contract for a 41 metre, high-speed catamaran. The vessel will provide production continuity to Austal Vietnam as it completes the fabrication of a 94 metre ...
  • DOF Subsea announced earlier today several contract-awards in the APAC region, securing further vessel and resource utilisation in Q1 and first part of Q2 20 The contracts, for undisclosed clients in Australia, will see Skandi Singapore commence ...
  • The incident that led to this conviction dates back to Thursday, 31 January 2019 when the tanker Asphalt Spirit was en route from Korea to Australia carrying 14,000 tonnes of asphalt. The ship suffered a main engine breakdown at 4pm local time and ...
  • Dear colleagues, Tall Ships Victoria has set up a booking site with TryBooking for two 5-hour day sails: It is: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=597926& Choose from: Monday 2 March 2020 10:15 AM and Wednesday 11 March 2020 10:15 AM The ...
  • The Newcastle Maritime Museum Society has made a presentation to the Newcastle Council for the Maritime Museum to be re-established. Below is a copy of the presentation: Newcastle Maritime Museum ...
  • Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal Australia has rolled out the hull (No. 394) and attached the superstructure for the first of two 118 metre trimarans under construction for Fred. Olsen Express of the Canary Islands. ‘Bajamar ...
  • AMSA released an open tender to industry calling for proposals to remove the containers on 9 August 2019. Submissions closed on 23 September with seven submissions received. After reviewing the proposals AMSA has signed a contract with Ardent ...
  • Siem Offshore said the AHTS trio would support an upcoming drilling campaign of an oil and gas company in Australia. Siem Offshore did not reveal the name of the client. The contract duration for each vessel is 365 days + options and with the start ...
  • Freight companies between North Asia and Australia are at breaking point after suffering a significant decrease in demand. According to some sources, streamlining of services along the Asia to China to Australia trade route will lead to a decrease ...
  • Live export company Wellard has struck a deal to sell the world's largest purpose-built livestock vessel, the MV Ocean Shearer, for US$53 million (A$77.05m), in a bid to remedy the company's finances. The ship will be bought by one of the largest ...
  • Austal chief executive David Singleton must have been chuffed with US President Donald Trump’s choice of gift for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Trump's glass-encased offering was a scale model of USS Canberra, one in a long line of ...
  • Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has named Suiso Frontier, the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, at its yard Kobe Works, the company said. This vessel is owned by CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research ...
  • The competition watchdog has initiated Federal Court proceedings against Tasmania's state-owned ports operator, alleging it tried to shut a new pilotage business out of the market in order to protect its near monopoly on the island. The breaches ...
  • The keynote speech below was given by Captain Iain Steverson: MN Norah Head Service 7 December ...
  • Good Afternoon All Comments due by 3 January 2020. Please let me know if you don’t want to receive these consultation emails and we will exclude you in the next one. You are receiving this email because AMSA has identified you a stakeholder for ...
  • Good Afternoon All Comments due by 3 January 2020. Please let me know if you don’t want to receive these consultation emails and we will exclude you in the next one. You are receiving this email because AMSA has identified you a stakeholder for ...
  • New Zealand revealed plans to sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbors, Julie Anne Genter, the country’s Associate Transport Minister, said. Subject to completion of ...
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages confirmed it purchased the PACIFIC DAWN and PACIFIC ARIA from Carnival Corporation. A sales price for the 1994-built PACIFIC ARIA with capacity for 1,258 guests, and the 1991-built PACIFIC DAWN, with capacity for 2,020 ...
  • P&O Cruises Australia has announced that the Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will leave the fleet in 2021 as the Pacific Encounter will join the company; the ship is currently sailing as the Star Princess. Buyers for the 1994-built Pacific Aria, with ...
  • The USS Montgomery (LCS 8), an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designed and constructed by Austal, has successfully conducted a number of operations with two ships from the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea. While ...
  • Shearwater GeoServices Holding has been awarded the largest-ever 4D seismic campaign in the Asia Pacific region covering up to six fields operated by Woodside in Australia. The campaign, planned to commence in Q4 2019, covers new 4D acquisition ...
  • The grounding of a bulk carrier which lost power while transiting a channel from the Port of Weipa highlighted gaps in the port’s risk plans, an ATSB investigation into the incident has found. On 6 November 2017, the fully laden dry bulk carrier ...
  • INPEX CORPORATION today announced that the 100th shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has departed from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project’s onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. Shipments of LNG ...
  • Solstad Offshore ASA has entered into a contract with Woodside for the provision of six vessels, of which two are Anchor Handlers and four are Platform Supply Vessels, to provide marine services for several offshore drilling campaigns in Australian ...
  • Austal and Canary Islands ferry company, Fred. Olsen S.A., are bringing together the best in commercial ferry interior design and premium customer experience for the new ‘Clase Oro’ VIP Lounge on board the new trimarans Bajamar Express and Bañaderos ...
  • In total 30 ships were lost in Australian waters, with 654 deaths in World War ll The following paper written by Patricia Miles, Curator, Australian Maritime Museum: WAR CASUALTIES AND THE MERCHANT NAVY ...
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has reached an agreement with Siemens AG to acquire an additional 10 per cent stake in Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm (Gwynt y Môr) in the United Kingdom (UK). Gwynt y Môr is a 576 MW offshore wind ...
  • Austal is pleased to announce a A$136 million contract for the design and construction of a new 115 metre high-speed catamaran for Molslinjen of Denmark. A follow-up order to the 109 metre high-speed catamaran Express 4, delivered to Molslinjen in ...
  • 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:   ...
  • 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 ...