Australian seafarers work around the coast shipping domestic cargoes of goods, oil, ore and carrying our multi-billion LNG exports.


Published: 14 Sep 2020

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The $211 million commitment from the Federal Government to fund increased domestic fuel storage and support Australian oil refineries is a welcome step to improving fuel security, but the plan still fails to resolve issues facing the transport of liquid fuels to Australia and around the coast.

The plan seeks to deliver an additional 780ML of onshore diesel storage, along with minimum stockholding obligation for key transport fuels, however the policy will still see Australia fall well short of the International Energy Agency’s 90-day fuel stockholding obligation.

Published: 11 Sep 2020

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Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin outlined the case for major industry reform at a public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport inquiry into Australian shipping.
A Senate inquiry into Australian shipping has heard that the nation needs to urgently reduce its dependence on foreign shipping, with the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the need to strengthen the resilience of maritime supply chains and increase self-sufficiency.
You can watch both days of the Senate Inquiry here:

Published: 7 Sep 2020

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The MUA will speak to our submission to the Senate Inquiry into the policy, regulatory, taxation, administrative and funding priorities for Australian Shipping on Tuesday 8th September, 2020 
MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, Tasmanian Branch Secretary Jason Campbell and Sydney Branch Assistant Secretary Paul Garrett will address the inquiry at 12:15pm Tuesday 8th September and the inquiry can be watched here:

Published: 2 Sep 2020

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The significant and invaluable contribution merchant seafarers make to Australia’s economy and society, both during wartime and at peace, is being recognised today on Merchant Navy Day.
With more than 98 per cent of the nation’s imports and exports carried by sea, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted once again how vital seafarers remain to Australia’s security and economic success.

Published: 9 Aug 2020

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The Federal Court has handed a major legal victory to 10 Australian seafarers who undertook a two-month sit-in to prevent their vessel, the MV Portland, from being replaced by foreign flag-of-convenience ships crewed by exploited workers.
The seafarers and their union, the Maritime Union of Australia, have been in a five-and-a-half year legal battle with the Fair Work Ombudsman, which is seeking fines and damages over allegations the crew’s refusal to leave the vessel constituted unlawful industrial action.

Published: 7 Aug 2020

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The Australian: Coronavirus: Fly-in offshore workers left high and dry

Coronavirus: Fly-in offshore workers left high and dry
The Australian 10:50PM AUGUST 6, 2020 Joe Kelly - GeOFF CHAMBERS 


Published: 6 Aug 2020

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Photo: Baltimar Venus (sister ship to Boreas that caught fire of Newcastle carrying Ammonium Nitrate)
Australia must urgently overhaul security and licensing provisions for shipments of dangerous and high consequence goods, including ammonium nitrate, in light of the catastrophic blast in Beirut that killed at least 135 people and injured thousands more, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.

Published: 31 Jul 2020

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The detention of a Hong Kong-flagged vessel allowed to cart alumina along Australia’s coast amidst accusations of abuse and intimidation shows the federal government’s fundamentally flawed regulation of coastal shipping is leading to the extreme mistreatment of vulnerable workers and violation of their human rights, says the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).

Published: 13 Jul 2020

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The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) supports the Aurora Australis Foundation’s plan to save the ship which has supported our Australian Antarctic Expeditions for more than 30 years. The foundation has a strong plan to preserve the ship as a museum and tourist attraction and we believe it could be re-purposed and be all of these things. An emergency response vessel, training vessel and Museum.
MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray said seafarers were keen to see the vessel saved.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

The Federal Government has been urged to address the nation’s complete reliance on foreign owned, operated and crewed tankers to transport oil and petroleum products as part of ongoing efforts to address Australia’s chronic fuel security issues.
The Maritime Union of Australia welcomed the Request for Information process, which seeks to identify opportunities to strengthen refining capacity and increase domestic fuel storage capacity, but said issues facing the transport of liquid fuels to Australia and around the coast remained unresolved.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney