Events

  • Merchant Navy Day Memorial Service

    Sunday, September 03, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Merchant Navy Day Memorial Service in Mosman, Australia

    Guest Speaker: Mr. Peter Burge MBA,MGMA, I. Eng. I. Mar. Eng., MIMarEST (London)

    This Remembrance Service is dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian merchant seamen who manned ships in all parts of the world during the First and Second World Wars. The support these men provided was vital to the success of the war effort. Merchant ships carried essential supplies and troops, but were vulnerable to enemy attack because they were generally slow, poorly armed and often loaded with dangerous cargoes.

    Due to the lack of adequate records, we cannot know the full number of merchant seamen who died serving the allied cause. It is widely suspected that there may have been at least one Australian on many foreign flagged vessels. However, the Australian War Memorial has listed the names of 520 Australian mariners who had died during World War 2. On the Australian coastline alone, 30 ships were sunk and a number m     ore were damaged.  

    All are welcome to lay a wreath/tribute following the official wreath laying. Please notify Merrill Barker so the name can be added to the list, no later than 25 August.

    RSVP Address: Merchant Navy RSL sub-Branch, PO Box 6159, Narraweena, NSW, 2099.  

    Email: Mr. Merrill Barker, Hon. Secretary, Merchant Navy RSL sub-Branch, at merchant.navy.rsl@speednet.com.au - or Telephone: 9944 7328 (Home).

    Place:  Mosman War Memorial, Myahgah Road, Mosman adjacent to the Allan Border Oval behind the Council Chambers at Spit Junction. Parking may be limited due to Mosman being busy on a Sunday. A bus to Spit Junction is a suggested alternative.

  • Petition - Stop Issuing Temporary Licences to Shipping Companies Allowing Them to Replace Australian Crew

    Thursday, August 02, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Sign this important petition click HERE

    Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport must immediately cease issuing 'Temporary Licences' (TL's) to CSL (Canadian Steamship Line) when there are Australian Ships available.

    The issuing of TL's outside the intent of Coastal Trading Act 2012 has meant Australian ships are constantly being replaced by low cost, unsafe ships of shame under the watch of this government.

    Another Australian ship, The CSL Thevenard, has just been taken off the coast leaving the Australian crew without a job while foreign flagged ships and exploited seafarers are being used to do their work.

    Any CSL ships operating on the Australian coast should employ Australian seafarers.

    This has also happened to the CSL Melbourne, CSL Pacific and CSL Brisbane and in a similar scenario Alcoa were issued with temporary licences to allow foreign crewed ships to take the work of the Australian crewed MV Portland.

    Why is this important?

    The minister and the government should be standing up for Australian seafarers and denying any temporary licences while there are Australian workers available.

    Its time to stand up for Australian workers and the shipping industry.