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Pirates Release Crew

After eight months held as hostages, 11 Indonesian seafarers are returning home.  But concern is spreading in the industry that ransom negotiations are taking too long, Lloyds List reports.

The crew were taken hostage when their tug, the Malaysian-flagged Masindra 7 was finally released last weekend.  Their release follows protracted negotiations between the vessel’s owner, Masindra Shipping, and the pirates who captured it off the Yemen coast on December 16 last year.

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Crew Abandoned In New Zealand

Two of the Burmese crew on board the Liberian ship of shame abandoned when their ship was arrested in Auckland this week have not been paid for a year, one is presumed dead after going missing in heavy seas on route from Chile, most had not spoken to their families in months and all were running short of water and provisions.

The International Transport Workers' Federation and Maritime Union of New Zealand has been assisting the 23 seafarers after the ship, owned by New York company Eastwind Maritime, went bankrupt and Tokyo-based Aozora Bank, which has a mortgage over the ship had it arrested.

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Nigerian Pirates Attack Crew

Two crew members have reportedly been injured after their Turkish bulk carrier was fired upon off Nigeria, Fairplay shipping magazine reports

The unidentified seafarers were reportedly not seriously injured when the pirates fired at the Turkey-flagged bulker near Port Harcourt some time between Sunday and Monday.

The ship is understood to have suffered minimal or no damage and has berthed at the large Nigerian port.

Rebels in the area connected with piracy recently released six crew of an Eitzen-managed chemical carrier after they were held for three weeks. 

  

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Time To Team Up With Pacific Nations

Pacific maritime jobs poised to benefit from Australian shipping reforms    

There was a call at the ALP Conference in Sydney today for the Government to partner with key union and industry stakeholders on major resource projects with Pacific region nations, promoting workforce development, training and labour standards, trade and security.

Moving a resolution at the Conference the Maritime Union of Australia's National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin, said under Labor's Pacific Partnerships for Development strategy there were many opportunities for Australian unions to work on key projects including regional hydrocarbons projects such as the PNG LNG project, emerging oil and gas production in the Timor Sea and related shipping policy initiatives by the Government.

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Coastal Sovereignty

FAIR WORK LAWS TO COVER FOREIGN SHIPPING ON OUR COAST : It is the greatest victory for the Maritime Union since 1998. And the longest fought. After a decade of court battles, commission hearings, ship disputes and submissions, electioneering and lobbying, the Rudd Government has reclaimed Australian sovereignty of our coastline.

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Security Leaks In Office of Transport Security

MUA calls for investigation

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Government Must Urgently Adopt Shipping Reforms

The Maritime Union of Australia today urged the Federal Government to urgently adopt reforms to revitalise Australian shipping in circumstances where there are real and ongoing threats of further losses of Australian trading vessels from the coastal trade.

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Patrick Picket Veteran Honoured

Laurie Fraser, retired Port Botany wharfie, took annual leave and set himself at the community assembly in April, 1998, the Patrick lockout for the month.  At the Sydney monthly meeting yesterday, his commitment to the union was recognised with a plaque and standing ovation.

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Fitzroy Victory

GLADSTONE, Sunday, July 26: The MUA crew of the Rio Tinto Marine vessel Fitzroy River refuse to sail. Their decision and determination to sit in was a major victory for Australian shipping and Australian seafarers.

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The Hungry Mile

The Hungry Mile has been formally re-named as an official urban space in Sydney to ensure its link to history lasts forever. 

The name became an official part of Sydney in a joint ceremony held today with Premier Nathan Rees, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Lands Minister Tony Kelly and The Maritime Union of Australia Secretary Paddy Crumlin. 

The Maritime Union approached the City of Sydney to apply the name “The Hungry Mile” to the precinct and have it recognised as an official place name within the suburb of Barangaroo at east Darling Harbour by the Geographical Names Board.   

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