Cruise

APT ship allowed to stay in Australian waters following government settlement

Australia Pacific Touring (APT)’s legal stoush with the federal government has ended, with the company possibly being granted permission to continue to dock a foreign-registered ship in Darwin.

The travel group took on the government to challenge the ban on foreign cruise ships in Australian waters in a bid to stop the government from forcing its Bahamas-flagged cruise ship the Caledonian Sky to leave Darwin.

Last month, federal government Health Minister Greg Hunt ordered foreign-registered cruise ships to leave Australian waters to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Authorities have voiced concerns that if the ban were lifted foreign cruise ships off the Australian coast would flock to dock at Australian ports.

According to NT News, the commonwealth and APT reached an in-principal agreement during a federal court hearing on 15 April.

The settlement reportedly avoids the need for the court to rule on the matter so the government does not have to risk lifting the ban.

“This case seems to be one where there’s certainly some argument to be made for an exception (to the Minister’s determination),” said Justice Angus Stewart according to NT News.

“As a leading member of the International Committee of Nations, Australia should be able to find a just and humanitarian solution for this vessel.”

Stewart adjourned the case until 17 April, where it would be heard if settlement talks fell apart.

APT said it cannot yet confirm if a settlement had gone ahead, as it is a legal matter.

A total of 68 crew members are on board the Caledonian Sky and it is believed none of them have COVID-19 symptoms.

Most foreign cruise ships have already left Australian waters, except for the infamous Ruby Princess, which is docked in Port Kembla.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Queensland to reopen its border to Victorians just in time for the Chrissy break

Queenslanders would be well advised to take cover, as we imagine waves of Victorians and NSW residents will be descending on the Sunshine State in the coming weeks.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

COVID-19 deniers threaten to boycott Qantas after Joyce’s vaccine revelation

by Ali Coulton

Anti-vaxxers, COVID-19 deniers and general conspiracy theorists are having an absolute field day following the news that Qantas passengers will need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel internationally.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Travel tops the list of COVID-related complaints received by the ACCC

In what will probably come as a shock to no one, travel has been the most-complained about topic by consumers since COVID-19 hit.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Viking appoints former US Navy Vice Admiral as chief health officer

Viking staff are busy shining their shoes and ironing their uniforms upon learning that a former Navy officer is now among the cruise line’s ranks.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Birmo says international travel may be back on the cards in 2021

International travel in 2021 may not be off the cards just yet, but Australia’s Tourism Minister said getting Aussies overseas in the first half of the year will be challenging.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Thirty-cent beers, anyone? Bookshop discovers Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar menu from the 1970s

Ah, the good old days of flying, where the drinks were cheap enough to get completely sloshed for under a $1 and the cabin was so full of smoke you could hardly see the ‘fasten seat belt’ sign.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

TFE Hotels to introduce new brand in Australia

We’ll give you two clues for the name of the new hotel brand: it’s coming all the way from Singapore, and it rhymes with ‘wincy’. And no, it’s not Incy.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel agent’s email spree brings in $40,000 in sales

Fancy making a few phat sales? Here are some handy tips from TravelManagers’ Julianne Gazal-Rizk, who has been busy bringing in the big bucks.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Air New Zealand and the All Blacks share motivational tips and messages of support for travel industry

by Sponsored by Air New Zealand

Ever wondered how the All Blacks cope when the chips are down? Get some daily insights right here, along with the chance to win one of five signed jerseys!

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with APT Travel Group’s Mladen Vukic

This week, APT Travel’s GM of product showed us his best home-haircutting techniques, and we smiled and nodded while we watched him slowly descend into madness.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Airline executive arrested on suspicion of treason

This airline executive could face a long, cold holiday in the slammer if found guilty.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Queensland to reopen border to Greater Sydney travellers from December

Palaszczuk has extended a pre-emptive welcome to Sydneysiders who want to spend their summer in Queensland, while hinting an announcement about Victoria may come tomorrow.

Share

CommentComments