Welcome to the MUA Safety Page. In this section of the website you will find news, updates, safety alerts, tools, and materials to campaign for better safety on the job.

The maritime industry is a hazardous industry. The MUA is known for our militant and uncompromising commitment to safety. No workplace issue is more important than our safety on the job. 

Whether you work on our nation's ports and wharves, offshore in the mighty oil and gas industry, diving deep in the ocean, on ferries and tugs, or at sea on vessels of every kind, safety is paramount.

It is a fundamental human right for every worker to come home safe and sound to our families - at the end of the day they are the real reason we go to work every day.

Published: 28 Jan 2020

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The maritime union is warning that a gaping hole has been left in Australia’s biosecurity net due to the failure to implement adequate checks for coronavirus infections on vessels arriving at Australian ports.

The warning follows the release by the Federal Government of advice relating to the spread of the deadly coronavirus to key industries, including airline, border, and cruise workers.

Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said: “Australia’s ports are accessed every day by foreign ships, carrying international cargo using international crews.

Published: 24 Jul 2019

Outsourced maintenance work has been blamed after wire ropes on a crane used to load and unload shipping containers at DP World’s Port Botany terminal catastrophically slipped, with the maritime union saying is was lucky no one was injured in the major safety incident.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

The maritime workers journal is the publication of the Maritime Union of Australia a division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union.

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Published: 20 Nov 2018

To inform all shipowners, operators, masters and crew of the hazards when working with high-pressure fire-fighting systems and the safeguards that may be implemented to prevent injury.

Serious Incident

A seafarer suffered serious injury while conducting routine maintenance work on part of a 13 bar high-pressure fire-fighting system on a fire-fighting tug. 

Published: 3 Oct 2018

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Published: 27 Sep 2017

The latest edition of the Maritime Workers Journal is arriving in letterboxes right now. 

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Published: 18 Nov 2016

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Published: 27 Aug 2015

Today is the three year anniversary of the tragedy which cost Peter Meddens and Barry Denholm their lives on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria.

The matter has only just reached the Courts with a hearing taking place in Melbourne yesterday. There is no outcome at this time.

Unions are aghast at the length of time it has taken to reach this point and can’t understand why it has taken so long for the case to reach the courts.

Published: 14 Jul 2015

The Maritime Union of Australia passes on its sincerest condolences to Andrew Kelly’s family after the seafaring member was crushed between two containers working off the coast of Dampier yesterday.

The 39-year-old Newcastle member was working aboard the Programmed Marine vessel, the Skandi Pacific, when the tragic incident occurred.

Andrew leaves behind a wife and four children, all under the age of ten, including a six-month-old baby.

The union has arranged for Hunterlink Recovery Services to provide counseling for those who were onboard at the time.

Published: 30 Jun 2015

Click here to read the latest edition of the Maritime Workers' Journal which is available now to view electronically. 


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney