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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Australian Maritime Safety Authority News

ROVs to Investigate Lost Shipping Containers

(Photo: AMSA)

Remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) will be deployed to investigate containers lost from a cargo ship in heavy seas off Australia.The YM Efficiency, operated by Taiwan shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, was sailing from Taiwan to Sydney in early June when it lost dozens of containers overboard amid five-meter swells in the Tasman Sea, about 30 kilometers off Australia's east coast.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), citing serious potential impacts to local fishing and the environment…

Britannia Maritime Consultants Appoints Mike Hammond, Stephan Dimke

Mike Hammond (left) and Stephan Dimke. Photo: Britannia Maritime Consultants

Britannia Maritime Consultants has announced two senior appointments as part of its expansion into the marine casualty response market.Mike Hammond will head up a new claims and insurance department while Stephan Dimke will provide technical support for digital navigation issues.Mike brings a formidable track record and experience to Britannia, having worked in marine claims both for shipping companies, and more recently as the claims manager for an International Group P&I club with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.Mike’s skills are already in demand…

New Tug Delivered to Svitzer Australia

Svitzer Glenrock (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a new ASD Tug 3212, Svitzer Glenrock, as the second part of a two-vessel order placed by Svitzer Australia.The tug sailed on its own keel from Damen Song Cam Shipyard, Vietnam to Newcastle, NSW, where it will work in the world’s busiest coal port, handling Cape-class bulk carriers and petroleum tankers as they enter and leave the confines of the harbor.Svitzer operates one of Australia’s largest fleets of tugs, comprised of more than 85 vessels.

Two Arrested for Operating Unseaworthy Ship

MV Tomin (Photo: AMSA)

The Australian-flagged MV Tomin was detained in the Port of Yamba, New South Wales, on June 25 after Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) inspectors found the vessel to be unseaworthy, substandard and a threat to the marine environment.With support from New South Wales Police, the owners of the vessel were arrested on board and have been charged with offences under the Navigation Act.AMSA inspectors found what appeared to be structural leaks and oily waste inside the vessel…

Eliminating The Risk From Docking & Mooring

Photo; Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper and on-demand webinar outlining design and compliance requirements in docking and mooring equipment, and a new best practice approach to specification.The whitepaper, entitled The Quest for Quality, examines the relationship between cost and quality, explaining why low cost equipment could prove costly for port owners and operators in the long term.Hani William, Sales and Marketing Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said, “The mooring operation is high risk.

Australia Wants to Recycle Trash from Ships

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The Port of Hay Point in Queensland, Australia has kicked off a pilot program to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships.Currently, ships' crews separate recyclable garbage on board, but have limited opportunity to offload these materials at Australian ports for recycling. Any garbage that is separated on board is combined when offloaded in Australian ports and has to undergo treatment by autoclave or deep-burial to meet Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

Authorities team up for S&R Exercise off Perth

A search and rescue training exercise underway  off Rottnest Island Photo AMSA

A major search and rescue training exercise has taken place off Rottnest Island in Western Australia yesterdayinvolving both state and federal authorities. Search and rescue crews from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Western Australia Police Force (WA Police) and Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services (WA DFES) teamed up for the exercise which simulated an aviation incident at sea. The scenario involved a simulated light plane which had been forced to ditch into the water just before 8am AWST about 7km northwest of Rottnest Island.

KOTUG Buys Teekay’s Stake in Australian Towage JV

RT Raven (Photo: Kotug)

KOTUG Australia and Teekay Shipping Australia Pty Ltd. have reached a deal to reshape KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd. (KTM) from a 50/50 joint venture to a full subsidiary of the KOTUG group. KTM was incorporated in 2012 to serve the Australian towage market. Now, after several years of working with KOTUG to establish this business, Teekay will exit KTM to focus on its Australian ship management, crewing and consultancy businesses. The deal received unanimous approval from the boards of both parent companies and was executed in the first week of April 2018.

MSC Says It's Not Targeted By Australia Vessel Ban

A MSC Vessel: Mediterranean Shipping Company Guinee S.A.

Following Australia's move to ban the containership MSC Kia Ora for unpaid crew wages, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company said in a statement that it does not oversee the maintenance, or the workforce, of the chartered banned vessel, Kia Ora. The statement follows the news that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from entering or using Australian ports for three months. According to AMSA, the ship's operator Vega-Reederei failed to ensure that crew were paid their wages in full and on time…

Australia Bans Containership over Unpaid Wages

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Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained. The ban was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), who inspected the ship in the Port of Brisbane on March 14, 2018 after receiving a complaint which alleged that crew had been underpaid. During the inspection AMSA found evidence that crew had been underpaid from November 2017 to February 2018 and were owed more than AU$53,000 (US$40,800).

Young Endeavour to join the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Fleet

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour will sail in the 2017 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

STS Young Endeavour is joining a race on every sailor’s bucket list, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. While the 44 metre brigantine won’t be chasing line honours, she will play an important support role acting as the standby radio relay ship. Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough, Commanding Officer Young Endeavour said the southern ocean could throw up many perils, so the role of the Royal Australian Navy’s sail training ship was important. “The weather conditions on the southern ocean can be unpredictable and ships can get into trouble,” he said.

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one showing the amount of pay the crew should have been receiving in line with their Seafarer Employment Agreements, and the other showing what the crew was actually receiving.

Most Cargo Ships Over 20,000 GT are ECDIS Ready -UKHO

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Almost three-quarters of cargo ships over 20,000 gross tonnage (GT) are already compliant with the SOLAS-mandated Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) deadline of July 1, 2017, according to the latest figures published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). The UKHO estimates that a further 3,828 cargo ships over 20,000 GT are yet to make the transition to using an ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) service and therefore do not yet meet SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations on ECDIS carriage.

Training Flight Deck at Sea Comes to Australia

MV Sycamore multi-role aviation training vessel (MATV) entering Sydney Harbour. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australia’s new multirole aviation training vessel MV Sycamore has recently arrived in Sydney. Designed to support Defence helicopter training, having been launched in Vietnam in August 2016, built by Skelder and overseen by Serco Defence, the 94-metre ship is a flight deck equipped sea-going training vessel for the crews of most types of helicopters used by the Australian Defence Force. Captain Al Whittaker said building of the Damen-designed steel ship began in 2015. “Sycamore has completed its harbour acceptance testing…

KOTUG Adds Fifth Infield Support Vessel

Coral Knight (Photo: KOTUG)

Towage operator KOTUG said it has acquired a fifth infield support vessels (ISVs) in Australia and East Timor, furthering its investment in offshore support. The new vessel, Coral Knight, will be bare boat chartered exclusively to Australian Maritime Systems Limited (AMS) to provide emergency towage services and maintain aids to the navigation network at the Great Barrier Reef for AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority). KOTUG said it acquired the Coral Knight with a view to further expand its offshore support services in the Australian region.

Mental Health at Sea: A Storm is Brewing

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According to the latest statistics, over 25 percent of people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and for those working offshore, this figure is significantly and potentially dangerously higher. What’s more, the problem’s growing. So, what’s causing the rise of mental health problems within our industry and why are seafarers more likely to suffer from these issues than those working on land? Most importantly, what can be done to solve the problem and establish a happier, healthier and safer workforce on the 51,000+ merchant ships that sail our seas?

Cargo Ship Banned from Australian Ports

A Papua New Guinea-flagged cargo ship Kiunga Chief has been banned from entering or using Australian ports for three months after the ship was detained for a third time in less than 18 months due to the failure of its operators to safely and effectively manage the operations of the vessel. “Substandard ships will not be tolerated in Australia,” said Stephen Curry, acting general manager of operations at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA issued an official direction banning Kiunga Chief to the master in the Port of Brisbane, and the ship has now gone to an anchorage within the port to undergo an inspection by its class society before it continues its voyage. The three month ban will take effect once the vessel leaves the port.

Parramatta Saves Yachtsmen in Southern Ocean

HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta has rescued three South African sailors from a stricken yacht approximately 1,300 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. The three yachtsmen of the 13-metre yacht activated an emergency response beacon late on 17 March, when their mast was lost in rough seas on a journey from South Africa to New Zealand. It was their intention to abandon the vessel. The resuce was coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and to get to the sailors as quickly and safely as possible…

Repairing Fiji’s Maritime Navigation Equipment Post-Winston

A satellite images shows Tropical Cyclone Winston during peak intensity and striking Fiji on February 20, 2016. (Photo: NASA)

When Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in February 2016, the deadly category 5 storm raked across the country with peak winds of 185 mph, damaging or destroying some 40,000 homes and causing an estimated $1.4 billion in damages. The strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall in the South Pacific archipelago, Winston significantly damaged much of Fiji’s infrastructure, including to a number of maritime aids to navigation and lighthouse sites. The Australian Maritime…

Australia, Fiji fix Cyclone damaged navigation equipment

Buoys loaded and ready for installation Courtesy  AMSA

In February 2016, Fiji suffered the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The cyclone caused significant damage to the infrastructure of Fiji, including to a number of maritime aids to navigation and lighthouse sites. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has worked closely with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) to install new navigation buoys and assess the damage to lighthouses in Fiji’s network. Two new low-maintenance polyethylene buoys with self-contained LED lights were installed a fortnight ago, in the waters of Levuka Passage.

Australia, Japan Enact Rules for Shipping Liquid Hydrogen

Australia and Japan signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra which will allow liquid hydrogen to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being developed in Japan that will be capable of safely transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020. Bulk gas cargoes are carried under the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) which is a mandatory code under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, which does not currently allow for the transportation of liquid hydrogen.

Box Ship Detention Upheld after Appeal

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s decision to detain a Hong Kong flagged containership which dumped food waste in close proximity to Fraser Island in May was affirmed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal at a hearing on November 25, 2016. AMSA detained the vessel OOCL Le Havre in Brisbane after a Port State Control inspection on May 24 found that its Safety Management System had failed to ensure crew had an adequate understanding of the rules and regulations related to the management and discharge of garbage at sea in accordance with the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships (MARPOL). The inspection also found that on 23 May crew dumped 0.08 cubic meters of food waste into the ocean less than 3 nautical miles from the nearest land.

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier for 12 Months

Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian has been banned from Australian ports for 12 months once it was discovered that the vessel lacked sufficient provisions for its intended voyage and the crew had not been paid in several months. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued the ban after detaining the vessel August 12. The vessel has been at anchor off Gladstone since July when it was arrested by the Federal Court over a commercial matter. “The crew of the Five Stars Fujian have been forsaken off the Australian coast for over two months, with limited supplies and thousands of dollars of unpaid wages,” said AMSA General Manager of Ship Safety Allan Schwartz.

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