The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has welcomed the North East Shipping Management Plan, released by the Australian Government today, saying it underscores the need for a viable Australian shipping industry.
The plan, released by Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss, highlights the ongoing importance of adequately managing shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and the Coral Sea.Read more
Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed.Read more
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) applauds the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s decision to ban the containership, Vega Auriga, from Australian ports for three months for repeated breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance.
The Liberian flagged Vega Auriga was a serial offender when it came to safety and seafarer welfare and had been detained at Australian ports three times since July last year, according to AMSA.
From this week, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority(AMSA) will be issuing plastic credit card-sized certificates.
This move does not affect seafarers holding current paper, or passport-style certificates as they will continue to remain valid until the certificate's expiry date.Read more
The MUA has put together a detailed guide on changes to AMSA certification and VET qualifications, as well as workers compensation, OHS and ILO MLC, so you are up-to-speed on what the changes mean and what you have to do.Read more
The commencement of the National Law on 1 July 2013 and new Marine Order 505 (Certificates of Competency - National Law), provides for certificates of competency for seafarers to whom the national law applies (i.e. every seafarer not covered by the Navigation Act and MO3,). MO505 provides for the issue of the following AMSA Certificates of Competency:
For these positions:
- General Purpose Hand;
- Coxswain Grade 3;
- Coxswain Grade 2;
- Coxswain Grade 1;
- Master <24 m NC;
- Master (Inland waters);
- Master <35 m NC;
- Mate <80 m NC;
- Master <80 m NC;
- Master of a vehicular ferry-in-chains;
- Marine Engine Driver Grade 3;
- Marine Engine Driver Grade 2;
- Marine Engine Driver Grade 1;
- Marine Engine Driver (Steam);
- Engineer Class 3.
Read the text of MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin's speech to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) 2012 Natship Conference in Melbourne on maximising Australia’s opportunities in domestic and global shipping.Read more
The Maritime Union of Australia has welcomed COAG’s decision to make AMSA the sole maritime regulator as a win for safety and training across the industry.Read more