Australia increases fines for pollution accidents

Shipowners, charterers, masters, operators need to be in caution of increased liabilities for fines being introduced in Australia, in addition to any pollution clean-up costs and damage claims.

26 people test positive for COVID-19 on Ruby Princess

A total of 26 people onboard the cruise ship Ruby Princess have tested positive for COVID-19, a Sunday update by NSW Health reads. In this regard, NSW Health authorities introduced an increased testing regime for cruise ships at the ports. 

Queensland, Australia, issues 14-day self-quarantine for all foreign trading ships

Maritime officials in Queensland, Australia have ordered all foreign trading ships to essentially self-quarantine before entering their ports due to the COVID-19 crisis. Vessels are advised to contact port authorities if crew member or passenger is showing any coronavirus symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing. 

New Zealand, Australia warn against stink bug

The 2019/20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season has arrived, as Gard Club informs, and ships arriving in New Zealand and Australia from countries with established stink bug populations must prepare for increased surveillance and inspection. Last season, New Zealand turned away four contaminated vessels from its waters.

Australia: Iron ore ports back to normal after two cyclones

Australian mining operations have suffered some disruption after two cyclones hit the country over the weekend, mining giants Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Fortescue Metals informed. Meanwhile, key iron ore ports remained closed, but Pilbara Ports Authority said it has re-opened the Ports of Hedland and Ashburton on 26 March.

How heavy rains affect Australian ports

In its Australian ports update in view of the monsoon, ship agency GAC informed that berthing is currently suspended at Abbot Point Coal Terminal until further notice and there are no vessels alongside. There are currently 21 vessels at anchor. 

Australian iron ore ports prepare for tropical cyclone

Australian’s Pilbara Ports Authority has cleared major Port of Rio Tinto as part of cyclone operations. The Authority addressed that ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland were under preparations for tropical cyclone ‘Riley’, which was offshore of northern Western Australia.

Australia allows assistance dogs onboard cruise vessels

In recognition of the critical, ongoing and dependent relationship between eligible assistance dogs and their handlers, Australia has established a process to allow eligible assistance dogs to travel with their handlers on cruise vessels between Australian ports where the vessel is under biosecurity control.

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