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.
The Australian governments is pressured to withdraw its plans for a biosecurity levy concerning all incoming vessels. The opposition Agriculture spokesman called the Government of deliberately delaying the biosecurity protections for agriculture.
The Australian Department of Agriculture announced the extension of the prohibition on live sheep exports to or from the Middle East to September 22, 2019. Prior to concluding to this decision, the department took under consideration available science and evidence, and also public feedback.
The RSPCA announced its support on the proposed new regulatory protections for live sheep exports to the Middle East during September and October, but is yet concerned at the possibility that live sheep exports might yet be resumed during this highest-risk period.
AMSA conducted a public consultation on proposed approach to regulating vessels being used for ‘Airbnb style activities’ such as short term marina accommodation. Now, a new report describes the outcomes of the AMSA consultation. AMSA has decided not to proceed with making Exemption 27 at this time.
Starting from 1st April 2019, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has applied changes to shipping registration laws, some of which may impact operators. Namely, the way of closing a registration—for ships not required to be registered has changed.
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources released its proposed conditions for sheep exports to the Middle East for the upcoming northern summer to support animal welfare outcomes. Among others, the Secretary will sign an Order banning sheep exports from June to August by law. In addition, independent Observers will have to be on all voyages that can accommodate them.
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.
AMSA reminds that from 13 December 2018, all certificates issued for a vessel survey, Exemption 2 – non-survey and Exemption 40-class C restricted, no longer include the name of the certificate holder. These certificates and exemptions allow a vessel to operate commercially in Australia. However, they do not provide proof of title, ownership of a vessel or an operator’s competence to operate a vessel.
MARPOL allows unprocessed food waste to be discharged into the sea from vessels proceeding at a distance not less than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land. However, according to Gard not all coastal states define their ‘nearest land boundary’ in the same way.
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