• 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Melbourne Law School is delighted to invite you to the launch of  Judges in Conversation - Current Issues in Maritime Law with the Honourable Justice Steven Rares and Professor Martin Davies. In this Judges in Conversation event, Professor Martin ...
  • 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 ...
  • L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced Monday (Apr 16) that it has been awarded a contract for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The prime contractor, Luerssen Australia Pty Ltd., has selected L3 Communications ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), a global shipping company based in Japan, has today entered a guilty plea in the Federal Court to criminal cartel conduct.K-Line’s plea follows an investigation by the ACCC and charges laid by the Commonwealth ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has today banned the Liberian-flagged container ship MSC Kia Ora from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that ...
  • Seafort Holdings Limited and its sole director and shareholder, Richard John Prentice, have been ordered to pay fines and reparations totalling more than $93,000 after a 60-year-old passenger, Raewyn Russell, had her back broken when the company’s ...
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today delivered the PACIFIC BREEZE, a 182,000 m3 capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport vessel for use by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line). The vessel is scheduled to be used to transport LNG from the ...
  • Following the MOU announced 8 December 2017, Austal is pleased to announce the award of a A$68 million contract to design and build an 83 metre trimaran ferry for JR Kyushu Jet Ferry of Japan. Australia’s Ambassador to Japan, The Hon Richard Court ...
  • The ACCC is proposing to allow arrangements between the Port of Brisbane and Carnival Cruise Line that will support the development of a new $158 million dedicated cruise liner terminal in Brisbane. The parties have sought authorisation for an ...
  • AAL has successfully completed three sailings into Adelaide with 45 windmill blades, turbine generators and other related components on each sailing, destined for the new AGL Silverton Windfarm in the Barrier Ranges of New South Wales. Comprising 58 ...
  • Marubeni Corporation and JERA have agreed with Squadron Energy to conduct a joint feasibility study in an effort to set up an LNG import terminal and gas supply project in New South Wales, Australia. The Japanese duo and Australia’s Minderoo Group ...
  • The newest addition to the Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) ore carrier fleet was greeted by the Fortescue family today, to mark its maiden voyage to Port Hedland. Named for Fortescue Founder and Chairman Andrew Forrest AO’s brother, the ‘FMG ...
  • Australia’s largest stevedore, DP World Australia will take delivery of four new ZPMC quayside container cranes next month, for its Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne terminals. The cranes departed China loaded on the vessel Zhen Hua 21 on Sunday, 11 ...
  • With the WA economy beginning to pick up, there has been a related positive trend in Fremantle Ports’ container trade. The overall growth in containers handled in the first six months of the fiscal year was 6.6 per cent compared with the same ...
  • These days we are dependent on global navigation satellite systems (also referred to as GNSS) whether we realise it or not. GNSS technology enables a vast range of things in our lives—as individuals, nations, and globally.The opposite page shows ...
  • Unmanned vessels are usually remotely operated and monitored. There is no need for a crew on board, but a human operator is always in positive control, whether from a support vessel or shore facility. Autonomous vessel systems are capable of ...
  • Hong Kong’s China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort) plans to acquire a 50% stake in Australian Port of Newcastle for AUD 607.5 million (USD 477.7 million). The company inked an agreement to buy the interest from China Merchants Union ...
  • Two fishermen have been rescued from a life raft 40 kilometres west of Lake Macleod in Western Australia this morning after their vessel caught fire. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detected a distress beacon registered to fishing ...
  • In recognition of his years of outstanding service to the international shipping industry, Captain Warwick Norman has been appointed as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The announcement was made on Friday 26 January ...
  • The project involves removing 1.55 million cubic metres of material from the shipping channel and placing it 30km offshore. That volume is approximately half the amount of material that was removed from Outer Harbor in the 2005 Channel Deepening ...
  • Pilbara Ports Authority has begun the New Year with several shipping records achieved in recent weeks, including new monthly throughput records across its ports, record tonnage on a single tide and record number of vessel visits to Port ...
  • The Royal Australian Navy has seized almost eight tonnes of hashish and 69 kilograms of heroin from drug smugglers in the Arabian Sea, in a Christmas season operation which turned up a bounty with an estimated $415 million value. Between Wednesday ...
  • The first Allied and Royal Australian Navy submarine lost in World War I has finally been found after a 103-year search off the coast of Papua New Guinea."Australia's oldest naval mystery has been solved," Defence Minister Marise Payne said. "It was ...
  • The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, after more than three decades of service to the nation. In a ceremony full of tradition, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim ...
  • Fortescue Metals Group Ltd  announced today it has appointed Kotug Australia Pty Ltd  as its towage services operator for the Port of Port Hedland. The contract has been awarded following a competitive tender process based on safety, capability and ...
  • The Federal Government has announced today that Luerssen will be awarded the prime contract to deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). Austal is pleased that the Government has indicated that Luerssen will use Austal to ...
  • Incat Crowther announced earlier today the launch of the 30m Passenger ferry Isle of La Digue. Built by Richardson Devine Marine, Isle of La Digue is the latest Incat Crowther-designed vessel for the Seychelles operator Inter-Island ...
  • A live export vessel involved in a disastrous voyage to the Middle East has been slapped with a temporary ban from operating after an investigation found a series of defects aboard the ship. The West Australian revealed this year how hundreds of ...
  • Competition between stevedoring companies at Australia’s three largest container ports is set to intensify as there are three stevedores competing at Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, a report from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ...
  • Anti-submarine officer who pursued U-boats in some of the bitterest convoy battles of the war CAPTAIN MIKE DOWNES, who has died aged 96, served in a decoy or “Q”-ship in 1940 and later, in the “Black May” of 1943, helped to defeat the U-boat ...
  • Incat Crowther has passed a significant milestone with the launch of their 500th vessel, Champion. Fittingly, the 27m catamaran passenger ferry was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding and demonstrates the long-term, win/win collaborative ...
  • Unflinching courage was the common thread that linked all three recipients of the 2017 Australian Search and Rescue Awards, which were held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Thursday night (19 October 2017). Presented by the National ...
  • French container shipping major CMA CGM has reached an agreement to purchase through its subsidiary, ANL, the majority of the shares in SOFRANA Unilines, a regional shipping line based in the South Pacific. As informed, the acquisition of SOFRANA ...
  • 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:       ...
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