Western Australia Branch

The WA Branch spans from Albany and Bunbury in the south to the far north of the Pilbara, with many ports in between.

WA 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: 24 Jun 2021


Community rally at Fremantle Ports as Inner Harbour workers strike for 24 hours
10am, Friday 25 June 2021
Where: Out front of main entrance Fremantle Ports Inner Harbour, 1 Cliff Street Fremantle

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: 23 Apr 2021

WA Branch Monthly Newsletters


April 2021 Edition - click here to view the newsletter.

Published: 16 Apr 2021

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A COVID outbreak on a bulk carrier off WA’s Pilbara coast has highlighted the need for urgent government action to address the ongoing threat the virus poses to Australia’s maritime supply chains.

The captain of the MV Aquagenie, which was chartered by Rio Tinto to carry iron ore to China, has become the second crew member to test positive for COVID. His confirmed case comes days after another seafarer from the vessel was flown to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

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: 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