Newcastle Branch Blog

Concerns Over Asbestos Riddled Tug Boats Leaving Newcastle

The Maritime Union of Australia is calling for Federal authorities to stop two foreign-owned tug boats contaminated with potentially deadly asbestos from leaving Newcastle.

The Australian crews of The Warrego and The Warrunda first raised the alarm several months ago when they found suspicious white dust on board the Chinese made vessels.

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Maritime Industry Saddened by Passing of Paul Karras

The domestic and international maritime community is in mourning today following the death of the manager and founder of Hunterlink Recovery Services, Paul Karras.

Paul, 63, passed away on Friday afternoon after recently being diagnosed with liver disease.

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ABC: Chinese Coal Ship Captain Arrested for Sailing Through Great Barrier Reef Without Pilot

By Mark Willacy

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.

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Dodgy Shipping Operator Risks Crew for Money

A Flag-Of-Convenience (FOC) ship has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Newcastle for endangering its crew’s lives today.

The Orient Becrux was found by AMSA to have breached the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea after the Hong Kong-based charterer made the Filipino crew unlash the cargo at sea.

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Spreading Christmas Cheer: Maritime Workers Dig Deep for Sick Kids

Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch members have pulled together and raised $10,000 for the Starlight Foundation just in time for Christmas.

Unionists and workers from four different maritime industries – the tug boats, the lines crew, the coal terminals and Newcastle Stevedores – contributed to the donation according to Newcastle Branch Secretary Glenn Williams.

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Anti Abbott Fever Grips Newcastle

Thousands of people took to the streets yesterday to protest the most unfair and unjust Budget delivered in Australia’s history.

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New link to EAS Database

The link has changed for the MUA Employment system for seafarers - You can login to the new database here
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New link to EAS Database

The link has changed for the MUA Employment system for seafarers - You can login to the new database here.

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Hunterlink Cleans Up at Industry Awards

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is proud to announce that Hunterlink Recovery Services has won the Seafarers Welfare Award at the Lloyd's List Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards.

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Port Waratah Coal Services workers to launch new work stoppages from tonight

Workers at Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Port Waratah Coal Services in Newcastle have announced that they will kick off a series of work stoppages, beginning tonight.
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