Australia

Infographic: Australian cruise sector contributes to AUD 5.2b output

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) published an infographic focusing on the Australian cruise industry and its development for 2018 to 2019, highlighting that the sector experienced an increase of 11.2% in its total value to the national economy in the past year.

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.

DP World Australia proceeds to more job cuts

DP World Australia will release another 100 stevedores in Sydney, as well as 100 stevedores in Melbourne. This decision comes to add to the 47 stevedores that DPWA already fired in Melbourne this week through voluntary redundancies. The ever-increasing of consolidations led to changes to global shipping line services calling Australia. This fact, along with excess stevedoring capacity were the factors which challenged DPWA’s outlook.

Royal Australian Navy decommissions longest serving ship

After more than 33 years of service, the ‘HMAS Success (II)’, the longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy, was decommissioned at Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney on Saturday, 29 June 2019. The ship arrived at Fleet Base East one on 16 June for the last time.

Vietnam the most dangerous destination for exported livestock, RSPCA says

RSPCA Australia urged the live export industry to voluntarily stop sending cattle to Vietnam, until an independent review of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System can be finalized. In the most recent Regulatory Performance Report released by the Department of Agriculture, three separate incidents of non-compliance were reported within the country, regarding 1,676 Australian cattle.

RSPCA Australia lodges complaint over brutal cattle treatment

RSPCA Australia has lodged a formal complaint with the federal Department of Agriculture, after receiving images and footage revealing brutal treatment of Australian cattle live exported to Israel onboard the Bahamas-flagged livestock carrier ‘Maysora’.

Australia reveals heat stress for sheep onboard livestock carrier

The Australian Department of Agriculture published a summary of its report for the May 2018 live export voyage of the Al Shuwaikh. The report reveals suffering due to the ship’s design and management of livestock on board. On about eight days of the voyage, the IO observed sheep open mouth breathing and attempting to gain position around the ventilation vents on all open and closed decks.

WWII shipwreck discovered off Victorian coastline

After being lost for 77 years, an Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II has been located by maritime archaeologists using CSIRO research vessel Investigator. The SS Iron Crown was sunk on 4 June 1942 while travelling through Bass Strait with a cargo of manganese ore. The heavily loaded freighter was hit by a torpedo from a submarine and sank within a minute.

Australia may have a new lead for the lost WWII Destroyer

The search for the Australian Navy’s sunken World War II destroyer HMAS Vampire is currently ongoing off the coast of Sri Lanka, as navies of both countries contribute hydrographic assets to find the ship. Research carried out by both Australian and Sri Lankan hydrographers found that there is a strong possibility that HMAS Vampire’s final resting place has been located.

Cruise industry opposes Australia’s Biosecurity Imports Levy

A proposal to hit cruise lines with a new tax will add an unfair burden to the industry and drive up costs for both operators and passengers, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia warned. The Association refers to Australia’s Biosecurity Imports Levy, to be implemented by July 2019. 

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