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Stena Clyde Tragedy: Continued Govt Inaction

Posted by Mr Sam Kelly on August 28, 2015 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Today is the three year anniversary of the tragedy which cost Peter Meddens and Barry Denholm their lives on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria.


The matter has only just reached the Courts with a hearing taking place in Melbourne yesterday. There is no outcome at this time.


Unions are aghast at the length of time it has taken to reach this point and can’t understand why it has taken so long for the case to reach the...

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High Court To Hear Case Over Abbott???s Royal Visas For Cheap Foreign Workers

Posted by Mr Sam Kelly on August 19, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The High Court today agreed to hear the case involving the Abbott Government’s use of visas for cheap foreign labour in the offshore oil and gas sector that are normally reserved for royal guests and overseas dignitaries.


In a hearing in Sydney, Her Honour Justice Bell accepted the argument that the case is important and therefore should be kept in the High Court.

‘In light of the importance of the matter the court will not be remitting the case to...

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Hapag-Lloyd may join Hanjin in bypassing Portland over labor dispute

Posted by Captain Jack Sparrow on July 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Port of Portland officials said they expect German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd to also stop calling on Portland’s lone container terminal until a labor dispute is resolved. Hapag-Lloyd officials didn’t return several calls to its Seattle and New Jersey offices seeking comment. If true, it would mean that Portland would lose service from both of the major carriers that call on the port weekly. South Korean carrier Hanjin announced earlier...

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Free ride ferries to cost $6 million

Posted by Captain Jack Sparrow on July 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of Brisbane's single hull inner-city ferries will be renamed 'City Hoppers' and run free of charge from July 1, yesterday's Brisbane City Council budget revealed. Lord mayor Graham Quirk, who flagged the program during the April election campaign, said the City Hoppers were geared towards tourist visiting Brisbane.

"That's the three mono-hull ferries that will run up and down the river and I think it will be a welcome addition to the city," he said. "Agai...

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Lucy Lawless pleads guilty to trespassing on oil-drilling ship

Posted by Captain Jack Sparrow on June 18, 2012 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Actress Lucy Lawless pleaded guilty Thursday (June 14) to trespassing on an oil-drilling ship that was leaving a New Zealand port back in February. She and other Greenpeace members were trying to keep the ship from heading out to sea, reports the AP. Lawless will be sentenced in September and faces a maximum of three years in jail after she and five other environmental activists spent four days perched atop a 174-foot drilling tower on the Noble Discoverer in a prot...

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Australia: Committee recommends shipping reforms

Posted by Captain Jack Sparrow on June 18, 2012 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Labor's shipping reforms. The committee, which examined a suite of bills aimed at revitalising Australia's shipping industry, said a proposed review in five years' time was insufficient. Instead, it said a monitoring unit should be set up within the Productivity Commission, the federal transport department, or the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. "The unit should report regularly, at a minimum annually, to government," the committee said i...

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SMIT Strike in Gladstone

Posted by Captain Jack Sparrow on June 18, 2012 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Workers for SMIT Marine Australia, which provides pilot and towing services to coal ships at Gladstone port in Australia, have voted in favor of industrial action, though unions have yet to notify the company of any pending strikes, a spokesman for SMIT Marine said Friday.

The maritime services company has been in talks with its employees who belong to three trades unions representing ships' masters, engineers and general maritime workers over ...

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Maersk discontinues Oz-NZ service, opts for slots with MSC-ANL

Posted by Captain Jack Sparrow on June 1, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (1)

MAERSK Line will end its Tasman Star Express service and instead buy slots from MSC-ANL's Trans Tasman Service, reports Alphaliner. The MSC-ANL loop links Australia's Sydney and Melbourne to New Zealands' Nelson, Auckland, Tauranga, Lyttelton and Wellington, using three 2,600 to 2,800-TEUers. Maersk's current Tasman Star Express had three 1,100-TEUers and called at Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Lyttelton, Nelson, Tauranga, Sydney. Source : Schednet


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Australian Shipping Reform Passed Today

Posted by Mr Sam Kelly on May 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (2)

The suite of Bills that represent the Government's Shipping Reform Package have passed the House of Representatives.

Following an impassioned speech in support from Minister Anthony Albanese, and other Labor members Jill Hall, Sharon Grierson, Melissa Parke, Deb O'Neill, Tony Zappia, Richard Marles and Independant Bob Katter, Shipping Reform passed the House of Representatives with a vot...

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Move to compel ships plying local ports to fly South African flag

Posted by Mr Sam Kelly on May 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The government is considering the introduction of a policy to compel ships to be registered in SA before they are allowed to move goods between the country’s ports a policy regarded by the shipping industry as protectionist and restrictive.

Cabotage, as this practice is called, is one of the levers the Department of Transport is considering to include in a new policy framework for the maritime sector, the department’s director-general, George Mahl...

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