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


Published: 30 Nov 2020

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Seafarers are warning of significant COVID, environmental and employment issues on-board the icebreaker contracted by the Australian Antarctic Division for this summer following the retirement of the iconic Aurora Australis.

The warnings come as it was revealed the MPV Everest, which was contracted for this summer after construction delays prevented the arrival of the Aurora’s permanent replacement vessel the RSV Nuyina, would be crewed by foreign seafarers who have never worked in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Published: 6 Nov 2020

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The Morrison Government is under fire following revelations that 58 foreign seafarers were granted COVID exemptions allowing them to fly to Australia and work on coastal trading vessels despite local workers being available to do the work.

Published: 2 Nov 2020

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The Federal Government should examine purchasing BP’s Kwinana oil refinery, rather than allowing it to be closed, in a move that would not only save 600 jobs but drastically improve Australia’s fuel security, according to the Maritime Union of Australia.

The union believes that by nationalising the refinery — one of only four in Australia and the only facility not located on the east coast — along with expanding domestic oil stockpiles, the nation’s ability to withstand supply issues caused by pandemic, conflict, natural disaster, or economic shock would be greatly improved.

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.


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney