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Australia Bans Containership over Unpaid Wages

Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained.   The ban was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), who inspected the ship in the Port of Brisbane on March 14, 2018 after receiving a complaint which alleged that crew had been underpaid.   During the inspection AMSA found evidence that crew had been underpaid from November 2017 to February 2018 and were owed more than AU$53,000 (US$40,800).

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

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Mental Health at Sea: A Storm is Brewing

days and a large amount of money due to the disappearance of an officer in the case of suicide. The Korean Master of a 180,176 dead weight tonnage bulk carrier Ocean Caesar was reported missing at 4:15 p.m. about 40 nautical miles northeast of Sandy Cape, Queensland. Aircraft of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) conducted a search throughout Saturday and Sunday, including using infra-red sensing equipment at night. Unfortunately, the Master was not found. The vessel was forced to divert to a Queensland port while AMSA, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and local authorities conducted

New Qualifications for Commercial Yacht Crews

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016.   After consultation between AMSA the commercial yachting Industry, Yachting Australia, the Australian Maritime College and the Transport Logistics Industry Skills Council, these new qualifications will see Australian motor yacht worker’s skills recognized with an official AMSA certificate of competency.   The four new qualifications include Watchkeeper Deck <3000GT Yachts with deck

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