Tasmania Branch

MUA Tasmania Branch

The Tasmanian Branch of The Maritime Union of Australia centres on the key transport providers linking the island with the mainland. These are the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service, Searoad and Toll Shipping.

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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: 4 May 2021

After discussion with the Health Department Wharfies, Seafarers and Port Workers are able to access Phase 1a Pfizer vaccination rollout nationally using the link provided to local companies.

Unemployed seafarers will obviously not receive a letter advising them of there eligibility to access vaccine under borderworker/seaport. 

All Maritime workers should they wish to get the vaccine should register on the links in your state to access the Vaccine under phase 1A.

More information will be coming out from your branch in the next couple of days. 


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: 13 Apr 2021

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The Maritime Union of Australia has welcomed the imminent safe arrival of Australia’s temporary Antarctic resupply vessel, MPV Everest, in Fremantle, but says serious questions need to be answered about what contingency plans were in place for emergency situations such as a fire.


Support vessel Go Spica finally reached the damaged ice-breaker late yesterday, a week after a major fire burnt through an engine room on the MPV Everest and damaged two vessels on deck. The MPV Everest is due to dock in Fremantle at 3pm.


Published: 7 Apr 2021

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A serious fire on board Australia’s temporary Antarctic resupply vessel MPV Everest has caused significant damage, with flames engulfing cargo on the deck after escaping the port-side engine room.


The fire, which started just after 2pm on Monday, is the second fire to occur on the vessel this year after a smaller fire broke out in the battery room on January 29.


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: 9 Feb 2021

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Australian seafarers are disappointed that the MPV Everest is sailing to Antarctica once again with a foreign crew, urging the Federal Government to intervene and ensure an Australian crew is utilised for the vessel's next Antarctic mission.

The MPV Everest, the temporary replacement vessel for the iconic Aurora Australis, recently arrived back in Hobart following a resupply voyage to the Casey research station, refuelled, restocked and took on more expeditioners, but not an Australian crew.

Published: 8 Feb 2021

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Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney