Southern NSW Branch

The Southern New South Wales Branch covers approximately 500 members from Port Kembla to Eden. Our members work in Towage, Stevedoring, Diving, Port Services, Maintenance and Marine Operations. We also have Seafaring members who work on traditional Bluewater Trading Vessels, Offshore Oil / Gas / Construction and Dredging Industries. The branch is very active within the struggles of the local Communities and Unions. We are an affiliate of the South Coast Labour Council, and a member of the Port Kembla Port Unions Committee.

Published: 4 Jan 2020

Maritime Union of Australia offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Port Kembla, Melbourne, Devonport, Adelaide and Fremantle are now collection points for donations for the bushfire relief effort.

We are collecting:

Non perishable food items. Including longlife milk and drinks, pet food etc

Clothing in clean and good condition

Personal hygiene items for adults and children. Wipes, Nappies, Feminine Hygiene Products, Toothpaste, Soap etc

You can donate in normal business hours at the following addresses: 

NEWCASTLE 406-408 King St Ncle West

Published: 27 Sep 2019

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The national biennial conference will be held in Devonport Tasmania on 12-14 November.
The conference will be sponsored by the Spirit of Tasmania so attendees will travel Melbourne to Devonport Monday 11th via the ship and can fly out of Devonport late afternoon 14th or 15th or transport to Launceston airport can be arranged.
Cost: $200

Published: 12 Sep 2019

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The International Transport Workers' Federation has requested the Australian Maritime Safety Authority urgently investigate after seafarers on a vessel docked at Port Kembla reported that they had not been paid in more than two months.

The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Xing Ning Hai, owned by Chinese company Ocean Prosperity and managed by Dalian Shipping, is in Port Kembla to carry steel from Bluescope.
Sister-vessel MV Xing Jing Hai was yesterday detained by AMSA in the Port of Brisbane following almost-identical allegations of unpaid wages.

Published: 3 Sep 2019

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Merchant Navy Day remembers sacrifice of Australian seafarers; highlights importance of strong maritime industry

Australians have been urged to pause today to remember the significant contribution seafarers have made to the country’s security and economic success, and the importance of the industry to the nation’s future.

Published: 1 Sep 2019

All MUA Branches are now collection points for the Share the Dignity Drive. Donations can be dropped of all year round to any of our branches around the country. 

Homeless women need your help

On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. 44% are female. 27% are children under the age of 18. Family violence is the number one reason people present to homeless services. 55% of females cite this reason. We need your donation.

Published: 27 Aug 2019

Motion of Support - Reproductive Health Reform Bill 2019


The Sydney, Newcastle and Southern NSW Branches and the National Women’s committee of the Maritime Union of Australia division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union urge the NSW Legislative Council to support and pass the Reproductive Health Reform Bill 2019, without amendment, in the coming weeks.

Published: 19 Aug 2019

The long-lost shipwreck of the SS Iron Corwn was found this year off Victorian coast, 77 years after being torpedoed by Japanese submarine in WWII

This Merchant Navy Day the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne will host a special memorial service for the SS Iron Crown 

Hear from Emily Jateff who was Chief Scientist on board RV Investigator when it discovered the final resting place of SS Iron Crown. The vessel, sunk by a Japanese submarine off the Victorian coastline in June 1942, was discovered in 2019 in a collaboration between CSIRO and Heritage Victoria.

Published: 19 Aug 2019

Sunday 25th August 2019 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the MV Noongah Tragedy where 21 seafarers lost their lives.


The MV Noongah departed Newcastle on 23 August 1969, filled with of steel bound for Townsville.


Battling large waves as big as 28 feet and gale force winds up to 110 kilometres per hour, seen the MV Noogah in some trouble.


On 25 August, the 26 man crew were forced to abandon ship just 14 minutes after the distress signal was transmitted.


Published: 5 Aug 2019

Morrison Government negotiations to access America's fuel reserve an inadequate stop-gap that does little to protect Australia’s fuel security

Published: 28 Jun 2019

The Divisional National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin, in conformity with Divisional Sub-Rule 47(j)(iii) publishes the declaration of the Election Results of the 2019-2023 MUA Divisional Quadrennial Elections. 

Notice - Declared Offices and Tally Count MUA Officers


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney