AMSA

ITF welcomes AMSA’s decision to ban ship over crew underpayment

AMSA announced ban of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘Shandong Hai Wang’ for 12 months, over deliberate crew underpayment, on 7 July. ITF welcomed this action saying that ‘this is the kind of enforcement that seafarers deserve from all authorities’.

AMSA bans another ship over crew underpayment

AMSA announced ban of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘Shandong Hai Wang’ for 12 months, over deliberate crew underpayment, on 7 July. The ship was immediately detained for breaching the Maritime Labour Convention which sets out seafarers’ rights to decent working conditions.

Australia announces no national system levy for three years

AMSA will be the only service provider under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety. Australia will allocate an additional $10 million funding for the national system, which means no taxes to the industry for the first three years of AMSA’s service delivery, in order to help all operators as services transition. 

MLC in the PSC spotlight

Since MLC came into force in August 2013, a lot of inspections have been conducted on items related to working & living conditions of seafarers. Paris MoU and AMSA are two regions which appear to conduct thoroughly PSC inspections with respect to MLC implementation.

AMSA detains ship under unseaworthy status

AMSA inspectors boarded the vessel ‘MV Tomin’ in the Port of Yamba, on Monday June 25, and detained it as they judged that it is unseaworthy. Namely, the inspectors found structural leaks and oily waste in the ship, which led them to detain it. AMSA reminded that all ships must comply to MARPOL during international voyages.

Ship garbage recycling pilot completes at Port of Brisbane

AMSA, the Australian Department of Agriculture, and the Port of Brisbane have conducted a pilot project to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships at the Port of Brisbane, in a bid to ensure effective management of biosecurity risks across the country. 

AMSA survey regime changes: What you need to know

AMSA announced that, from 1 July 2018, all domestic commercial vessels that are required to have a certificate of survey will need to be surveyed in accordance with the survey frequency and requirements in the new marine order 503, and Part 2 of the Marine Surveyor Manual.

AMSA bans cargo ship from entering Australian ports

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship “Thorco Luna”, as the ship was detained for a third time this year, because of consistently failing to meet international standards. The ship will not be permitted to enter any Australian port for a period of three months.

Updates on crewing for vessels operation

AMSA released an update on the outcome of the consultation for appropriate crewing for operations under Marine Order 504. AMSA consulted on two options for changing crewing requirements to focus on empowering the operator to determine the appropriate crew for their vessel. AMSA informed that it will implement Option 1. 

Australian port of Hay Point to pilot ship garbage recycling program

AMSA, in partnership with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation and Mackay Regional Council, has initiated a pilot program at the Port of Hay Point to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships.

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