On Sunday the 20th October the new and remedial works to our National Merchant Navy War Memorial were unveiled by Senator, The Honorable Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia.
The ceremony took place at the Merchant Navy Memorial at Kings Park on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra and AIMS President Peter Murday and CEO Susan Hull were invited to lay a wreath in honour of those who served during the Great War on troop carriers taking our men from Australia to Europe and to those who lost their lives.
It was a honour to be able to participate in this ceremony said Murday and we thank David Field from the Merchant Navy Memorial Fund for his very kind invitation and the opportunity for us to pay our respects on behalf of our members.
The Merchant Navy Memorial Fund vision is to ensure that the Australian Merchant Navy "A title emblazoned in battle and honoured in freedom" is recognised as an important part of Australian Maritime History and Social Culture.
This fund will be the AIMS charity for 2020 and we hope to support it's good works.
The Honorable Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia gave a moving speech which can be downloaded here. The Honorable Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia. .pdf
The Red Ensign, commemorating the Merchant Navy will be flown or displayed at all AIMS official functions during 2020
I would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters of the Biennial Conference and Awards for Excellence.
The conference day itself was a huge success (photo's coming soon) and 71 delegates were treated to a wide range of informative presentations that included information on biofouling and aquatic bio-security by Michael Sierp, the survey of composites in the modern era by Mark McIlwain, Safe Shipping of Solid Bulk Cargo by Tim Evans, Securing the South China Sea by Professor Douglas Guilfoyle, Incoterms by Kerryn Wooning and the Strength of Membership by BIA's Nik Parker.
We were very fortunate indeed to also have presenters from AMSA and the Department of Agriculture.
AMSA, our gold sponsor for both the conference and Awards dinner opened the conference with an inspiring speech and Al Schwartz, GM Operations presented the Steve Beale award with Susan Beale, wife of the late Steve Beale.
Our silver sponsor was Hunter Marine Services and Bronze Sponsors were
Cargo Care, Australian Marine Surveys, AMSPEC CR Cox and of course BRIC Insurance.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, without you the day would not have been the great success that it was.
MSC approved measures to improve the safety of seafarers during mooring operations
were incorporated during the committee meeting.
It amends SOLAS regulation and guidelines to improve the current situation where
accidents and unsafe work situations frequently happen during mooring operations.
These amendments require appropriate and safe-to-use designs of mooring
arrangements and introduce a maintenance and inspection regime with proper
It also includes work situations where crew members are exposed to excessive dynamic
forces, heavy manual work processes and unfavorable weather conditions.
Further details can be found via mfame article.
AMSA are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to Marine Order 47 (Offshore Industry Units).
This consultation may be of interest to owners, operators and designers of offshore industry units, as well as recognised organisations. Offshore industry units include mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), floating production, storage and offtake vessels (FPSOs), floating storage units (FSUs), floating liquefied natural gas facilities (FLNGs), floating central processing facilities (CPFs) and similar. The are seeking your feedback on the following:
The consultation is open until Monday 1 July 2019 and it is intended that these amendments will be made to the current order with effect from 1 October 2019.
Read the consultation papers below and have your say.
Enter your submission online.
Have your say in writing using our public comment form.
If using this form, then you can either:
Please find the recommendations below and a link to the full submission HERE.
That the Committee recommend to the Government that the policy of maritime cabotage be retained in Australia as an important legal principle to underpin regulatory and fiscal support for the Australian shipping industry, a national strategic industry.
That the Committee recommend to the Government that it accept that maritime cabotage is the foundation for providing for fair competition in coastal shipping with the objective of maintaining a floor level of Australian ships in Australian coastal seaborne trade and supporting Australian shipping businesses.
That the Committee note that the Coalition Government has released a Coastal Shipping Reform Discussion Paper, which proposes administrative changes to the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 (CT Act) which, if translated into legislation, could potentially result in a reduction in red tape, but note that such a reduction in red tape will have the perverse effect of advantaging foreign businesses to the detriment of Australian businesses.
That the Committee note that the Australian Government has available to it, alternative mechanisms (alternatives to the current regulatory structure of the CT Act) to implement the principle of maritime cabotage that would reduce red tape and at the same time advantage Australian businesses rather than foreign businesses, these being:
(a) Commercialising the CT Act by (i) clarifying the Object of the CT Act and removing ambiguity; and (ii) by introduction of a contestability framework for settling the balance between Australian General Licensed ships and foreign Temporary Licensed ships in coastal trade, based on commercial principles well known in the shipping industry, supported by a commercial arbitration facility and pricing oversight by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); and or
(b) Developing a new and separate ‘maritime crew visa’ for non-nationals employed on ships issued with a Temporary License under the CT Act that includes the same labour market testing and worker entitlement provisions that apply to a 457-work visa.
That the Committee recommend that in parallel with the consultation process established by the Government by releasing a Coastal Shipping Reform Discussion Paper, the Government agree that a root and branch review of the potential future role of Australian shipping in the national freight task be undertaken, and that this review task be allocated to the Task Force established by the Government to support the Inquiry into Freight and Supply Chain Productivity announced by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on 9 March 2017.
Sourced from the MUA website; http://www.mua.org.au/mua_submission_to_the_senate_inquiry_into_the_effects_of_red_tape_on_cabotage
Panagiotis Galanis, aged 14, is a grade nine student at the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation. Full article for Splash on what he took away from a recent visit to a ship recycling facility in Turkey can be read here; https://splash247.com/ships-ought-to-be-designed-with-dismantling-in-mind/
With only a week before the federal election, the Federal Opposition has promised to implement further measures to boost maritime shipping and training.
Speaking at its shipping policy launch at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Cities, Transport and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese, announced three major policies.
Full article here: https://infrastructuremagazine.com.au/2019/05/13/labor-throws-support-behind-maritime-shipping/
Read Shipping Australia's comment on the policy launch here: https://shippingaustralia.com.au/sal-comment-on-labors-shipping-policy-launch/
The NT News recently reported on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s investigation of a vessel collision, under the headline ‘Fishos waiting for justice – Senate finds AMSA legislation botched’.
The collision was in Darwin Harbour in May 2016 between a barge and recreational fishing boat. The collision resulted in the sinking of the recreational fishing boat and the subsequent rescue of four fishermen from the sea...
BHP and Rio Tinto have cut iron ore production guidance for the 2019 financial year due the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Veronica.
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