Second Interim Report

Increasing use of so-called Flag of Convenience shipping in Australia

Interim Report

3 May 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-433-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 437KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 22KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 29KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 62KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
The Ships of Shame reports (1992, 1995)
Structure of this report

Chapter 2 - The effects of flags of convenience on the Australian maritime sector (PDF 92KB)

The challenge of FOCs for Australian shipping
Loopholes in Australian temporary shipping licences
Case study: the replacement of Alcoa's MV Portland by FOC vessels
The need for more stringent cabotage provisions in Australia

Chapter 3 - National and fuel security, the environment and working conditions on flag of convenience vessels (PDF 127KB)

National security
Fuel security
Environmental concerns
Working conditions and standards for overseas workers
Case study: the MV Sage Sagittarius
Oversight of FOCs by the Australian government

Chapter 4 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 24KB)
Dissenting Report by Government Senators Williams and Heffernan (PDF 24KB)
Australian Greens Additional Comments (PDF 35KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 37KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 22KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811