By Heath Aston: The Age
The petrol tanker stand-off in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay is over.
Crew of the Tandara Spirit have ended their sit-in after nearly three weeks and will sail for Singapore by midday Thursday to avoid what they say is "destructive legal action" targeting them personally.
The Maritime Union of Australia is proud to once again support White Ribbon Day, which coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The MUA has been actively engaged with White Ribbon for many years to try to eliminate violence against women.
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By Heath Aston
Two giant petrol tankers capable of carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of fuel between them will be floating at anchor in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay by Friday afternoon.
Their task is the temporary storage of fuel byproduct from Shell's former Geelong refinery, now owned by Viva Energy.
The timing of the job is uncomfortable for Viva Energy, which has told its only Australian tanker crews that they are no longer needed due to rising road-transported demand in Victoria.
By: Heath Aston
The crew of an Australian-operated petrol tanker are refusing to leave their ship in a dispute they say goes to the issues of national fuel security and threats to the marine environment posed by unsafe foreign-flagged vessels increasingly operating in local waters.
The Tandara Spirit is anchored in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, where its crew of 18 has been staging a sit-in for the past 15 days since the owners of Shell's former Geelong refinery ordered them to sail to Singapore, where they would be made redundant.
Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National secretary Mick Doleman has headed to Canberra to talk to the nation's leaders about Australia's energy security and the Tandara Spirit.
Doleman met with Independent Senator John Madigan, who is leading an inquiry into Australia's fuel security.
The sit-in by MUA members on board the Tandara Spirit has almost approached two weeks with the ship still at anchor in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.
Both the off going and joining crews have remained steadfast in their determination to fight for their jobs and for the bluewater industry.
The union was informed by Teekay recently that Vitol will “hand back the Tandara Spirit in January 2015” yet to the shock of the 36 seafarers who work on the vessel a plan of stealth was hatched by the company whereby it would leave Australia two days later and dump the Australian crew, unemployed, in Singapore.
Important notice to all crews of the Tandara Spirit: To view and download the S.418 issued by the Fair Work Commission this afternoon click here.
The MUA is seeking urgent legal advice.
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The MUA has had a win at the Fair Work Commission, with talks ordered over the next two days over the future of the product tanker Tandara Spirit.
The MUA took the multi-billion dollar Swiss energy company Vitol to FWC over a lack of consultation in its decision to sack members working on board Tandara Spirit and leave them stranded in Singapore.