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


Published: 9 Feb 2021

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Australian seafarers are disappointed that the MPV Everest is sailing to Antarctica once again with a foreign crew, urging the Federal Government to intervene and ensure an Australian crew is utilised for the vessel's next Antarctic mission.

The MPV Everest, the temporary replacement vessel for the iconic Aurora Australis, recently arrived back in Hobart following a resupply voyage to the Casey research station, refuelled, restocked and took on more expeditioners, but not an Australian crew.

Published: 6 Jan 2021

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In December 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) passed several resolutions specifically addressing the need for seafarers, and other marine personnel, to be designated as key workers.


Australia is a notable omission from the cohort of 45 IMO member states who have already determined seafarers to be key workers.


Published: 11 Dec 2020

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A maritime pollution incident in Port Phillip Bay this week, involving diesel spilling overboard during refuelling operations, appears to have been caused by the use of inexperienced foreign seafarers who had been flown into Australia to replace the vessel’s local crew.

The incident occurred when the new crew were attempting to refuel the MMA Coral, an offshore supply ship operated by MMA Offshore, for the first time after replacing the Australian crew last week.

Published: 8 Dec 2020

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is being urged to abandon its plan to use foreign seafarers without adequate Antarctic experience to crew the MPV Everest, which will temporarily replace the iconic Aurora Australis this summer following construction delays to permanent replacement vessel the RSV Nuyina.

The Everest, which is due to arrive in Burnie from China this Friday (11 December) before continuing to Hobart, is a foreign-flagged vessel crewed entirely by foreign seafarers employed by Singapore-based crewing agent Kuiper.

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:


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney