A FLAG-state inspection on the tug SL Quoin Island in Gladstone last week revealed “a number of deficiencies”, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says.

These included missing classification society certificates, incorrect stowage and securing of one container on deck and several seafarer employment agreements that were in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention.

AMSA approved classification society confirm if a ship meets flag state requirements for technical standards for the construction and operation of ships.

If the ship meets these requirements, the classification society will issue it with certification on behalf of the flag state.


“The incorrect stowage and security of the container was rectified by crew on Friday evening,” an AMSA spokesperson said.

“The seafarer employment agreements contained provisions that restricted employees’ rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, and were corrected prior to departure.”

The SL Quoin Island departed for its voyage on Saturday.

The vessel, which is now on its way to PNG, has been at the centre of a disagreement between the Maritime Union and Smit Lamnalco over contracting arrangements.