Northern Territory Branch

Known as the Gateway to the North, the port is the nation's hub for trade in the region and is rapidly expanding, with the AU$200 million port facilities at East Arm linking with the Adelaide to Darwin railway and, by sea lane to Asia.

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Northern Territory Branch Resources

Published: 23 Mar 2020

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During this current COVID-19 health crisis we have brought together the following information for members.
What is Coronavirus
Workplace Health and Safety Obligations
The Maritime Union of Australia has made the following demands on governments and employers during this global health crisis.

Published: 30 Jun 2021

In December 2015 the crew of the MV Portland heard about their sacking by newspaper article. What ensued was a 60 day sit in by the crew to fight for their jobs.

The crew were threatened with legal action but they stood firm because they believed that their ship was purely cabotage trade taking Australian resources from one Australian port to another Australian port as it had done for 27 years without incident and it should have an Australia Crew.

Published: 17 Jun 2021

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Legal action seeking the immediate release of 13 Darwin wharfies from the Howard Springs quarantine facility will be heard tomorrow, after COVID testing cleared all seafarers onboard the container ship at the centre of the alleged biosecurity breach at the Port of Darwin.

An interlocutory application by container terminal operator LINX, which employs the detained workers, will be heard at 10am tomorrow by Judge John Neill in the Northern Territory Local Court in Darwin.

Published: 16 Jun 2021

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NT Health has refused to undertake COVID testing of crew members onboard the vessel at the centre of the alleged biosecurity breach at the Port of Darwin, despite the seafarers requesting the tests through the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

Following NT Health’s refusal, the operator of the Tacoma Trader, through their Australian agent, has also written to health authorities formally requesting that COVID tests be provided for their employees.

Published: 12 Jun 2021

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Thirteen waterfront workers have been forced into 14-day mandatory quarantine following a COVID safety breach at the Port of Darwin involving a container ship that arrived from Singapore on Thursday.
Workers at the Linx terminal at East Arm Wharf who boarded the Tacoma Trader to unload containers have been forced into quarantine, with Northern Territory Police collecting six from the wharf, along with an additional seven who worked the previous night shift. All have been transported to the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

Published: 26 Apr 2021

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Immediate Need

A surge of seafarers requiring recertification training is predicted for June and for December of 2021.

These two peaks coincide with the conclusion of the expiry date extension window provided by AMSA during COVID, and with the first cohort of seafarers who switched from the in-perpetuity STCW booklets to the 5 year expiry CoST cards back in 2016 now being due to renew them.

Published: 8 Apr 2021

Position Vacant: National Legal Officer – QLD

  • Work Type: Fulltime
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD


The Maritime Union of Australia Division (MUA) of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) is seeking an experienced legal practitioner to provide legal and strategic industrial advice and representation to the Officials and Members of the MUA.

Published: 31 Mar 2021

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The Australian Labor Party has reaffirmed its commitment to Australian Shipping. 

Today, at the ALP Special Platform Conference, which was presided over by MUA Official Mich-Elle Myers in her capacity as federal Vice President of the Labor Party, a statement in detail was endorsed by conference outlining the party's commitment to Australian Shipping. 


The details of the statment in the policy platform are: 


Published: 8 Mar 2021

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The Maritime Union of Australia and all if its branches have endorsed support for the March4Justice rallies in March. Click here for dates and locations near you. RALLY DATES AND LOCATIONS

Published: 8 Feb 2021

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Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney