Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


The Black Dust on the Spirits …


These are just a few of the many photos I captured whilst working onboard the Spirit of Tasmania.

Do you think any of the politicians or other authorities I have contacted  would work with this black dust floating around in their office.

That ship is our office and employees are faced with these putrid conditions every day.

The fact that this monumental issue is being ignored to the detriment of the workers, is an absolute disgrace by all involved.

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  1. Kevin Moylan

    May 23, 2019 at 11:14 am

    PM Morrison and failed Unionist Bill Shorten, both vehemently stated, May 2019. “No-one is above the law, NO-ONE!” IF so, why are QUBE, TT LINE (public servants of a Government Business Enterprise) and Maritime Union Australia, immune and untouchable from the rule of Occupational Health and Safety Law?

    Clive Stott, 14 October 2018. CUSTOMER SERVICE CHARTER 2018. “Our people take ownership by identifying and implementing Economically and Environmentally responsible workplace practices.” TT LINE have breached their own charter with utter contempt and disregard for QUBE – MUA workers, passengers, livestock and pets – but who will take charge and right this abuse and neglect of OUR National Highway Network?

    Torren has all the ‘documented evidence’ from 2010 – 2019 to prove these toxic and fume filled vessels, highly contaminated with Diesel Particulate Matter and heavy metals, caused the premature deaths of TEN, QUBE – TT LINE workers, 16 prized horses, 300 pigeons, countless canines and felines – and clusters of chronic ill-health for current and former workers, yet to be monitored and investigated, then prosecuted.

    The Unions, TT LINE and QUBE have secret contracts and agreements, that the public’s Right to Know has been denied and refused! Not in the public or national interest, but in the financial interests of secreted operators and those who secretly benefit.

    PM Morrison must take charge and make an example of all those with tainted motives and behaviours, because, “No-one is above the law, NO-ONE!” Only the privileged?

    Yet another shocking and blaring example – TasMANIA is unable (unwilling) to ethically and morally, legally and administratively, govern itself and its forlorn and powerless people with Sovereign integrity and the trust and will of the community.

    “Where there is secrecy and deception, official corruption looms large.” Dr K Noble

  2. Clive Stott

    May 13, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Under RTI, the TT Line has made a Determination not to release its air monitoring reports.

    “Based on the above assessment I have determined that the Reports in their entirety are exempt from disclosure under the Act by operation of (jointly or severally) the exemptions in section 30 and section 38 of the Act.” – Kevin Maynard, Company Secretary.

    TT Line’s full Assessment and Determination can be downloaded from here:

    • Torren McMaster

      May 20, 2019 at 11:28 am

      I cannot believe what I have just read in TT Lines assessment of the air monitoring. We have horses, dogs and workers dying yet they can keep the reports exempt from disclosure. Why is testing only carried out every two years when it has been a well known problem for over 10 years. Why wasn’t a permanent monitor placed onboard, immediately, after the deaths of 16 horses, to determine readings? The competitors that Mr Maynard speaks of have them on their ships. As I have said before, I placed my own monitor onboard whilst working one day and the results were deadly. I have Worksafe reports stating that readings are well over the limits.The maximum levels are 400 parts per million for workers to be in a safe environment yet there were days when these levels hit 1000ppm and work was not stopped. It is not about the safety of the workers or the animals, not even for the passengers for that matter. It is all about getting these ships out on time and keeping them on schedule all for the almighty dollar. After being terminated for raising numerous safety issues on these ships, I have also only just found out about another exemption. The government, my union and the company agreed on an exemption from Industrial Action for Bass Strait, unbeknownst to any of the workforce.


    November 1, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I would just like to inform those of you who have been interested in the above matter that on Monday all my bank accounts were frozen by a firm that works on behalf of QUBE.

    QUBE are the contractors which operate the loading and discharge of The Spirits of Tasmania where there are still numerous safety issues in regard to the Diesel Particulate Emissions. I and another worker were very vocal in regard to this issue with the fumes.

    We were both terminated from our employment. Both of our homes were shot at and the other chap was bankrupted by the company back in 2014, and as I have released my open letter to all employees only a few weeks ago, the company is now trying to bankrupt me for court costs.

    We were both sued in the Supreme Court for damages where injunctions were placed on the two of us for a picket held at the work-site, but that court action disappeared into thin air. We are both union members … and we are both unimpressed.

  4. Kevin Moylan

    October 15, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Torren, it is critical that all current (70 odd) and former TT LINE and QUBE workers who were forced to work on those dodgy ships receive a personal copy of your ‘Open Letter’ in only in their health interests, for example, warning them and urging them to undertake full health screenings for DPM Disease and associated signs and symptoms. This applies also to the foreign labour workers who were unknowingly subjected to scrubbing clean both ‘Spirits’, and dispose of DPM, without breathing apparatus or safety attire.

    I suggest this: Somehow obtain the clinical and medical records and the post mortem reports and family/work histories of the TEN TT LINE and QUBE workers who have died in the past SEVEN years.

    To me, that’s a serious (unidentified) public health cluster!

    We must not forget those 16 magnificent horses either. What a shocking sight that must have been! And the blatant denial and secrecy becomes more entrenched. Oh, if only people would do the right and honourable thing!

  5. Clive Stott

    October 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Torren our EPA here in Tasmania has been proactive in measuring cruise ship emissions in and around Hobart. Unfortunately, Hobart is not Devonport or Melbourne, or on-board the Spirits!

    You can find further information on the cleanairtas website http://cleanairtas.com/air-monitoring/air-monitoring.htm and on the following EPA web pages:

    EPA monitors cruise ship emissions in Hobart port

    Current Hobart port air monitoring data

    As can be seen by the pollution fallout in your photo the on-board particulates and gasses would have to be at much higher and dangerous levels than those that show up in fixed land-based air quality readings!

    TT-Line Pty Ltd is a government business enterprise wholly owned by the Tasmanian Government. So what is Tasmania doing about this obvious health issue?

    Customer Service Charter 2018
    “Our people take ownership by identifying and implementing economically and
    Environmentally responsible workplace practices.”

  6. Torren

    October 14, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Clive, workers raised these issues back in 2010 so even though management, the union and Worksafe have known about it, not one thing has been done to fix it.

    There are no monitors onboard the ship at anytime. There has never been a monitor onboard during the voyage as is legally required because the results would blow everyone away. Not even any proper breathing apparatus for those working in this toxic environment.

    Yes it is possible that some of these particulates are drawn into working areas from the ships engines and funnel. The people that reside across from where the ship docks are also aware of this as a black sooty dust sits on their window ledges a couple of days after it has been cleaned..

    My open letter will be released this week

  7. Clive Stott

    October 13, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Thanks Torren,

    Now this problem has been raised, what is the position today?
    Is continuous air monitoring and alarming being carried out on board?

    Is it possible under certain conditions (wind speed and direction, vessel speed, vent fans on or off) that some of these particulates are actually being drawn in from the vessel’s engines?

  8. Kevin Moylan

    October 7, 2018 at 9:12 am

    All your relevant questions and ideas will be answered and exposed when Mr McMaster publicly releases his eight-page ‘open letter’ to all TT LINE and QUBE workers, politicians, bureaucrats, unions, media, and those dilettantes ultimately responsible. Dated 26-9-2018.

    Warning and alerting our superiors to the scientific evidence gathered from those toxic ships (Diesel Particulate Matter – dust DPM) and the real prospect of a serious health cluster. TEN deaths in seven years!

    Three ‘independent’ (non-union) Industrial Chemist reports, from 2012, 2016, and 2018, state, these DPM samples revealed: Twenty known carcinogens – Three types of asbestos – Synthetic Mineral Fibres – Dangerous levels of heavy metals – Arsenic – Cadmium – Chromium – Copper – Lead – Zinc – Nickel and Tin.

    Mr McMaster urges all TT LINE workers to have full health screenings,
    to establish or confirm an ‘un-diagnosed’ and ‘un-detected’ chronic public health cluster of unknown proportions. As per, BLACK LUNG disease. 100,000 Australian (anguished) Coal Miners still await their chest XRAY results as only ‘the select chosen few’ can be consulted to confirm the fatal diagnosis of pneumoconiosis. Death by Denial.

    NO Australian Industrial Chemist will NO longer ‘independently’ test DPM dust, sourced from the Spirit of Tasmania vessels..Why not? Fear of State Sponsored sanctions and reprisals for exposing the public interest truth, that’s why. (the next DPM sample for analysis will be sent to a trustworthy foreign country).

    Government Business Enterprises should not be above or immune from the law. Responsible Unions must protect their workers by challenging and prosecuting those negligent and responsible. Wrong is Wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

    Torren. Where are ALL your (pretend) ‘fight one fight all’ comrades? Too afraid of their own untrustworthy Unions to make a moral stand. How weak and sad they have become. Fear changes and controls the wayward people – but at least they’ve got a job! Your health is your wealth. NO Union or other ‘office’ contains these toxic poisons. They will lie and deny until your peasant death. That’s their morbid game.

    • Torren

      October 10, 2018 at 3:41 am

      Thanks for your input, Clive.

      Yes it is engine exhaust from the cars , trucks and containers that run on diesel cycle that are loaded and discharged daily on the Spirits of Tasmania.

      I have photo evidence of the dust being collected from these ships and will sign a stat dec or swear under oath if and when the time comes to prove their origin.
      I have had two lots analysed and I also purchased my own monitor whilst working on the ship. The results were deadly and that was back in 2012.

      Monitoring these ships should be mandatory 24/7.

      I also have Worksafe documents that state ‘ceiling limits’ were exceeded on a number of occasions, yet work was never stopped. These ceiling limits are never to be worked in, as death is imminent and workers were not told until the results came back. This has happened numerous times, and the two year gap between testing is just a lack of care for these employees.

      I have an open letter I have sent on to all authorities over two weeks ago, and I am yet to receive a response from over 40 people.

      This open letter will be passed on to employees early next week to show how serious the working conditions are.

      I will keep you updated when I finally get some sort of response, Clive.

      # 4 Kevin, I was hoping that once the union read my open letter, there would be some form of action taken but as yet, not even a response … GBEs seem untouchable.

  9. W Ramanovich

    October 6, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    And I wonder if that dust has any ill effect on the numerous animals transported ?
    It brings to mind the death of horses and family pets variously reported.

    To which I might add; one would think that when transporting animals in the circumstances as purported, that they be better off having their own safe and clean compartment ( like for people) instead of stuffing them in with trucks, refrigerators and the like.

  10. Torren

    October 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Test only………..Tried to post earlier

  11. Clive Stott

    October 3, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Looks pretty ugly. Thanks for sharing.

    Is it from engine exhaust?

    Have you done a continuous video showing actual samples being collected and where from on the vessel so it cannot be disputed? Collect enough to have your own lab analysis done.

    How about asking the EPA to do on-board air monitoring and to provide you with the results.

    There are private air monitoring specialists you could use.

    Let us know how you get on?

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