• Woodside has signed a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) for the long-term supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Korea. The SPA provides for the supply of approximately 0.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG for a ...
  • Cruise line Virgin Voyages is apologizing for the negative perceptions created as residents posted pictures of “smoking pouring from the funnels” of its cruise ship Resilient Lady during its visits to the port of Hobart, Tasmania. Residents wrote ...
  • KiwiRail and Hyundai Mipo Shipyard are involved in talks after agreeing to terminate the 2021 construction contract for two large ferries designed to modernize New Zealand’s inter-island transport service. The termination comes after the New Zealand ...
  • Australian officials report they are monitoring the situation closely but that both the crew and the environment are not in any current danger from a disabled LPG carrier near Melbourne. The ship has been moved into a sheltered anchorage while the ...
  • FPSO leasing company BW Offshore has made progress on the topside module integration for the newbuild floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit BW OPAL, that will be deployed at Santos' Barossa gas project, offshore Australia. The ...
  • A group of native title holders from the McArthur River region in the Northern Territory has won a High Court battle to prevent the expansion of an open cut mine on the Gulf of Carpentaria. A dispute between three native title holders — Mr Friday, ...
  • The strategic logic might be compelling, but that alone won’t get the number of nuclear-powered subs built in time The AUKUS security pact is an ambitious undertaking. The sale of three to five Virginia­-class nuclear-powered attack submarines ...
  • The Dutch shipping company Vroon is reporting that it expanded its livestock carrier fleet with the acquisition of its thirteenth dedicated vessel. The company highlights its use of modern ships and the highest standards but the industry continues ...
  • In November, the Strategic Fleet Taskforce released a report which found that Australia needs a strategic fleet and maritime workforce. noting that only 15 vessels over 2000 deadweight tonnes are now Australian flagged. The taskforce, within the ...
  • As Australia awarded itself an ill-thought-out peace dividend at the end of the Cold War, the impact fell hardest on the Navy’s surface combatant fleet. Arguably no element was thought through more thoroughly for the 1987 defence white paper than ...
  • Swire Projects, a projects and heavy lift shipping services division of Swire Shipping, introduces the Western Australia Express (WAX) service, a monthly semi liner shipping service connecting major ports in China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, the ...
  • This major work will transform and expand Pilbara Ports’ marine infrastructure and operational capability at the Port of Dampier – marking the first time in more than 30 years that the Dampier Cargo Wharf has seen a significant investment in ...
  • The cruise line industry has come roaring back to life, marking a remarkable revival for a sector once synonymous with the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The record number of passengers now cruising to Australian ports, which ...
  • Australia’s federal government rejected plans for the country’s first wind port saying that it would have “unacceptable impacts” on the environment and wildlife and in the process has also created a major challenge to the first planned offshore wind ...
  • The Maritime Union of Australia has demanded the so-called Red Union and groups associated with it stop using the red ensign – labelling it as disrespectful of naval veterans. The red ensign is the official flag of the Australian Merchant Navy, and ...
  • Shell’s huge Prelude FLNG located offshore Western Australia has welcomed its first LNG tanker since August this year when it started scheduled maintenance, according to shipping data.The UK-based LNG giant shut down the FLNG in August for ...
  • Canadian shipping company Canada Steam Ship Lines (CSL) has entered into a 20-year strategic partnership with Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd. (Adbri) to build and operate what has been described as the ‘world’s first fully electric battery-capable ...
  • Australia’s Port Authority of New South Wales has joined the Blue Visby Consortium, a multilateral platform that aims to reduce international shipping carbon emissions by potentially 15 percent. According to Philip Holliday, Port Authority of NSW ...
  • 14 bulkers moored in Port Hedland Photo : Max Brunet de Rochebrune (c) Western Australia is facing off against a country in the Middle East to convince investors to build a $27 billion green iron processing plant, in northern WA. South Korean ...
  • Mobile, Alabama: Austal Ships Pty Limited (Austal) and Birdon Pty Limited (Birdon) are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop defence shipbuilding capability in Western Australia to deliver the ...
  • With the signing of a contract, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has secured an enhanced future first response capability to protect the marine environment and mariners in the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef. Smit Lamnalco, a ...
  • An ill-timed discharge of bilgewater has gotten the owner and master of a Chinese bulker in trouble with the authorities in Western Australia.  The trouble started when the chief mate of the bulker TS Golf decided to pump out sulfur-contaminated ...
  • Following years of intensive studies and consultations, the Western Australian (WA) government has unveiled its preferred design and location for the relocation of the container operations currently in Fremantle. The port, which handles nearly all ...
  • THE OLD chestnut of Australian flagged and operated vessels has reared its head again with the recent release of the Strategic Fleet Taskforce Report. THE FLEET The issue of ships owned, crewed, and operated by Australian companies has been around ...
  • Details of a new LNG production facility and marine fuel supply business at Port Hedland in Western Australia include the development by class society RINA of a design concept for an LNG-fuelled 209,000 DWT Newcastlemax dry bulk ship incorporating ...
  • A stranded Chinese LNG tanker is blocking one of Australia’s export terminals and is starting to draw the attention of the global energy markets. The concerns were sparked today, November 28, when Australia’s upstream producer Origin Energy ...
  • Seaborne coal trade from Australia to China is back this year, as the two countries have mended broker relations, ever since the aftermath of the COVID virus outbreak. This is reflected in trade patterns. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker ...
  • Incat Tasmania has unveiled exciting new plans to do for short sea ferry services what Boeing did for the aviation industry, but with zero emissions. Led by its founder and world-renowned ferry builder Robert Clifford, Incat has been a world leader ...
  • Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) dive and hydrographic vessel HMNZS MANAWANUI is conducting a seven-week deployment to the south-west Pacific, during which it will take part in a historic survey mission.Once the ship arrives in Fiji, it will carry ...
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned a second Briese Heavylift GmbH & Co vessel from Australian waters, in a crackdown on unsafe and unseaworthy vessels.  AMSA issued a 180-day ban on the general cargo ship BBC Pearl after ...
  • PORT OF ROTTERDAM  The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Tasmanian government have conducted a joint study which shows that importing green hydrogen from Tasmania, an island southeast of Australia, has great potential to decarbonise Northern ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...