Australia

Australia repeals law related to ANL

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) informed that Australia removed regulation that protect the country’s shipping industry, after repealing the ANL Act. The repeal of the law relates to the former publicly-owned shipping company Australian National Line.

Handbook for mariners operating in Australian waters

The Mariner’s Handbook for Australian Waters (AHP20), launched by the Australian Hydrographic Office, provides information that helps vessels operate safely and according to the relevant maritime rules and regulations covering operations in Australian waters, as well as providing advice on emergency contacts and where additional information may be found to meet particular circumstances.

Port of Newcastle responds to MUA’s protest

Following yesterday’s news that Wharfies at port of Newcastle are to protest against the new crane, the port released a statement, responding to the Maritime Union of Australia. The workers are against the new crane, supporting that the project will bring additional personnel and thus put at risk the work and available hours for existing stevedoring workers and corporations.

Wharfies at port of Newcastle protest over new crane

Dockworkers from three stevedoring corporations at the Port of Newcastle in Australia, held a 4-hour stop work meeting in order to protest for the arrival of a new bulk uploading crane which according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), could potentially threaten job security.

UAE joins US-led alliance for safety in Strait of Hormuz

The United Arab Emirates joined the United States-led commission aiming to protect marine safety, navigation and worldwide trade. The Director of the International Security Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation noted that this alliance adds to worldwide as well as local attempts to prevent threats to marine navigation and global trade, contributing to the conservation of international tranquility and safety and thus establishing the flow of energy supplies to the global economy.

A 6% of all fishing nets lost at sea annually

A 6% of all fishing nets, 9% of all traps, and 29% of all lines are lost or discarded into the oceans each year, researchers said in a world’s first global estimate of commercial fishing gear losses into the oceans, according to data provided by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

Australia commissions Inspector-General of live animal exports

The Australian parliament has passed a bill commissioning an Inspector-General of  Live Animal Exports. In fact, the 2018 Moss Review endorsed the foundation of an independent Inspector-General in order to inform with the Department of Agriculture’s regulation of live animal export.

Australia continues assessment of Equinor’s environment plan

On 18 September 2019, Equinor provided the requested further information regarding the environment plan for their proposed exploration drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight. According to Environment Regulations, the Australian offshore regulator, NOPSEMA has resumed its assessment of Equinor’s environment plan.

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