New Report Details Cabotage Laws from Around the World

Approximately 80% coastal member states of the United Nations have some form of cabotage laws governing foreign maritime activity in their domestic coastal trades, according to an independent analysis conducted by the Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), a leading international research center on maritime and seafarers’ law. The key finding was part of a new report … [Read more...]

Brazil Ends Decades-Old Maritime Transport Pact with Chile

BRASILIA, July 31 (Reuters) - The cost of shipping goods between Brazil and Chile is expected to fall by about 5 percent with the 2020 expiry of a pact that limited trade to ships registered in either country, the Brazilian industrial lobby CNI said on Monday. Last week, Brazil's foreign trade chamber CAMEX decided not to renew the 1975 pact, and to allow cargo to be … [Read more...]

More Than 90% of Australian Seafaring Jobs At Risk Under Cabotage Reform Plan, Research Shows

  More than 90% of Australian seafarers working in the domestic trade will lose their jobs under the Abbott government's plan to reform Australia's newly-adopted cabotage laws, according to a new report from the independent think tank The Australia Institute. The Australian Government, under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, announced its new plan for coastal shipping in … [Read more...]

MT Alexander Spirit Sit-In: Australian Crewmembers Ordered to Sail

  The Australian crew of a Teekay-operated oil tanker have been ordered to set sail for Singapore after Australia's Fair Work Commission ruled that the crew's sit-in was illegal. The 36 crew members of the MT Alexander Spirit have been refusing to sail from Devonport, Tasmania to Singapore since July 3rd after they were told that they would be replaced by a foreign … [Read more...]

Cabotage Unraveled – Striking Tanker Crew Gains Support in Australia

  About 200 people took to the streets of Devonport, Tasmania Monday in support of the Australian crew of an oil tanker who are refusing to sail after being told they would be replaced low-cost foreign workers. The 36 crew members of the MT Alexander Spirit have been striking since last week after they were told that they would be replaced by a foreign crew on a new … [Read more...]