• German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers and New Zealand’s shipping service provider South Pacific Shipping (SPS) have finalized a deal that will soon see “the largest vessels to ever call at New Zealand for the loading of logs.” Oldendorff ...
  • In December 2020, Australian Pilot Captain Ritesh Bhamaria was expertly piloting oil tanker MT Godam through the Torres Strait in adverse weather conditions when he and the vessel crew sighted a distant hand waving for help in the rough sea. That ...
  • Japanese shipping major NYK has decided to invest in Australian Integrated Carbon (AIC), an Australian company that sells carbon credits obtained through primeval forest restoration projects. Once the relevant authorities approve the deal, NYK will ...
  • Presently, a distance of more than 16,000 kilometres, or almost half-way around the globe, seems insurmountable when it comes to signing a contract, unless the contracting parties agree to do so in synch via video link. That is precisely how the ...
  • Sunday 5th September at 1130 hours This service was dedicated to all worldwide Seafarers through Merchant Navy Day 3rd September, especially those seriously affected by the restrictive conditions of COVID-19. Merchant Navy Day is the anniversary ...
  • The purpose of the monthly ceremonies is to commemorate the service of Officers and Sailors of the Royal Australian Navy. Each month the State Executive will select one or two Officers and or Sailors and highlight their service. This month we join ...
  • The Maritime Union said it is important the country's two fuel tanker ships are retained to ensure energy security when the Marsden Point refinery closes.
It said the proposed change of the refinery from a processing to an import storage facility ...
  •   Queensland will become the first Australian jurisdiction to administer COVID vaccines to all international seafarers arriving in local ports, with a trial program commencing in the coming weeks aimed at reducing the risk of serious illness and ...
  • The first ship into Brisbane’s $177 million International Cruise Terminal should have been Carnival Cruises 245-metre long Pacific Dawn on October 3, 2020. Instead, the first ship to dock at the Brisbane International Cruise Ship Terminal was the ...
  • The Australian Federal Police has charged the 59-year-old Master of container ship Maersk Surabaya, which allegedly damaged the Australia Singapore Cable off the West Australian coast – in what is believed to be the first prosecution by the AFP for ...
  • Marine industry development is set to shape the future of the Northern Territory as a service centre for the world’s fastest growing region while building new capacity across marine industries. In the Territory, thinking big is nothing new. With ...
  • Former Ports of Auckland boss Tony Gibson is facing two charges in relation to the death of a worker crushed under a container.Stuff can reveal Gibson, who resigned in May, is the first boss from a major company to be charged under the Health and ...
  • The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines and fuel gas supply systems for two new Ro-Pax ferries. The vessels are being built at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) yard in Finland for TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, a renowned Australian ...
  • Damen has received an order for a Transshipment Crane Barge from the Australian company Transhipment Services Australia (TSA). As it is able to supply the new Crane Barge 6324 directly from stock, Damen will fulfil the order in a period of only four ...
  • The navy’s patrol boats program is facing a six-month delay with one of its vessels, joining other shipbuilding programs to run into trouble during the design and construction stages.The Defence Department confirmed to Senate estimates that the ...
  • The UK's RRS Sir DAVID ATTENBOROUGH and Australia's RSV NUYINA are conducting sea trials separately but took the opportunity to meet up and collaborate at July 18 . Both ships are expected to carry out their first Antarctic missions in the upcoming ...
  • The following was received from our colleague at AMPI regarding the mentoring program. CMMA Australia is a member of IFSMA. The Australian Maritime Mentoring Program is an exciting new joint initiative between the Australasian Marine Pilots ...
  • FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM has enlisted its Melbourne-based subsidiary ANL (formerly Australian National Line) to be the leading brand in Oceania to press its global "Better Ways" environmental campaign "We are committed to carbon neutrality by ...
  •  After two false starts, Tradewind Voyages’ five-masted square rigger, GOLDEN HORIZON, embarked on its first sailing from the British port of Portland this week with Sydney still on the schedule for later in the year. The five-night ‘Dress ...
  • The legal team defending the master of a cargo ship that spilled about 50 containers into the sea off Australia last year has lost its application to cross-examine three experts. Mohd Bin Alias’s matter was heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court ...
  • The Australian government on July 1 released a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for Phase 1 works related to decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour FPSO(built 1999) currently at Laminaria-Corallina oil fields in the Timor Sea. After ...
  • An emergency direction has been issued by Maritime Safety Victoria warning that HMAS Otama is at “risk of capsizing or possibly sinking imminently”. The submarine, currently moored 800 metres north of Crib Point refinery jetty, is listing ...
  • The Port of Newcastle's ambition to develop a shipping container terminal and diversify away from coal has been dealt a major blow in a Federal Court decision handed down today. The port has been pushing to become a sea freight hub for several ...
  • Australia will have a greater level of search and rescue and maritime safety capability following a new agreement with the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) to access the world’s largest satellite maritime awareness network, the Maritime ...
  • The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has called on Barnaby Joyce as the new transport and regional development minister to block moves to shift domestic containerised freight from Australian trains to ships – specifically foreign-flagged vessels. RTBU ...
  • The report, published by Animal Welfare Foundation, Tierschutzbund Zürich and Robin des Bois, reveals data of 78 EU-approved livestock carriers. With an average of 41 years of age, the vessels are considered to significantly contribute to sea ...
  • For more than 20 years, Serco Australia has supported the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in undertaking the Collins Class submarine escape and rescue exercise, Black Carillon. Conducted off the West Australian coast, exercise Black Carillon tests ...
  • The Chinese company Landbridge does much more than just running the Darwin Port in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia, as it has been gradually engaged with local community at various levels, said local workers at the port. Kerri Small, who is ...
  • Oceania Marine Energy (Oceania), an Australian company focused on connecting natural resources and energy production to shipping industry, and Kanfer Shipping AS (Kanfer), the Norway-based shipping company focusing on small-scale LNG sea ...
  • How do you find yourself on the Queen’s Birthday honours list? Well, for Alison McMillan, Australia’s chief nursing and midwifery officer, it began with her first sight of the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess. The killer virus was a whole new ...
  • A MEMORIAL service was held this past Saturday (5 June) in Newcastle to remember those merchant mariners who died during wars. The Mission to Seafarers Newcastle building was full; the service was attended by those families directly affected by ...
  • Solstad Offshore ASA (Solstad) confirmed that the large AHTS Normand Ranger has been awarded a contract in Australia for commencement in 2Q 2021.  The vessel will mobilise from Norway and will then provide support to a major drilling campaign ...
  • Stevedores’ revenues and profit margins increased overall in the last financial year despite the global pandemic causing the largest contraction in container volumes in a decade, according to the ACCC’s Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report ...
  • A new strategic cargo terminal has been officially opened at the recently upgraded Berth 4 Terminal at the Port of Townsville with the arrival of ‘Coronado Bay’. Today is the first time a container vessel has fully utilised the $10 million, 1.6 ...
  • Tauranga-based stevedoring company, C3 Limited, was fined $240,000 by the Auckland District Court yesterday after a 15 tonne excavator was dropped from a ship’s crane, narrowly missing five workers on the wharf below. “This was seconds away from ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...