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About CaptainR

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  1. I once contacted Flightcentre by e-mail, received an initial polite reply, explained I wanted a price match on an itinerary (low fare guarantee as per website), they just didn't reply, tried e-mailing twice more, no replies. Clearly they know the clientele they want (naive walk in customers probably) but certainly the low fare guarantee is probably not worth it for them.
  2. IIRC it was the actual telecom companies and network that wasn't allowed to install Huawai equipment and also government employees? But this was an article I read a while ago suggesting that some of the equipment had been designed with the ability for backdoor access by the manufacturer.
  3. Dubai can be a good stopover, particularly in Winter when the temperature is beautiful. Although I find with Dubai its a bit like Marmite/Vegemite, you either love it or hate it. Singapore and Hong Kong both are excellent places for a stopover, easily could you find things to do for two days. With Sri Lankan airlines now flying to Melbourne you can stopover in Colombo which is an awesome stopover, really beautiful, cheap and a little bit off the beaten track. Flying with the likes of Asiana, Korean or JAL can offer Incheon or Tokyo, probably bit pricier and could be cold in winter. With the Chinese Airlines increasing frequency for the Kangaroo route you can find some good stopover deals there, now visa exempt for 72 hour stopovers in many cities and loads to see and do, although out of all the choices above would probably be the last one on my list. China can be challenging...
  4. No, I'm afraid its been removed completely from the skilled occupation lists, so no visa possibilities at all on the basis of a CoR.
  5. Sri Lankan Airways have started up from Melbourne, could probably find a one world itinerary that goes MEL-CMB-DXB-LHR
  6. As a frequent flyer, I find most airlines now much of a muchness. Regularly fly Emirates/Qantas (generally preferring the Qantas sectors where possible), but find Qatar and Etihad very similar. Cathay and BA are okayish too, Singapore better. Worst experiences have been with the various Chinese Airlines, Vietnam and Kuwait. One bad experience with an airline often is enough to force people away, especially with so much choice between the UK and Australia. The reality is that all airlines have delays, all airlines lose bags, meals get missed, fee to select a seat is becoming more normal and A/C leaking water does occasionally happen. I always travel with a spare set of clothes in my hand carry (and also a spare set for my kids), no matter which airline. I've had a glass of red wine thrown over me, I've had someone throw their meal on me and I've been 'misconnected' and sent to a hotel with only my hand carry, so a spare set of clothes can come in handy.
  7. You may have noticed, I asked the Moderators to remove the topic as a sticky and modify the title to reflect the removal of the occupation. Good luck to those who have visa applications pending and all the best to everyone else who have been adversely affected. The occupation may reappear on the list in a few years time once the number of seafarers out of work has rebalanced itself.
  8. I would give it a go, but certainly wouldn't rely on it. Whats most important is what you're supporting evidence says, your company letters etc.
  9. For a slight bit of a positive news, there are some slight signs of recovery in the industry in Oz now, a few more jobs being advertised, some of the offshore work is picking up and also some jobs appearing in New Zealand, which all means a bit of movement for those that do have the visas and are searching for work. There are still however many unemployed Officers, Captains, Engineers and also the colleges are producing newly qualified OOW's regularly who are also in the job pile.
  10. Sorry to hear this news for anyone who may be affected. The skilled list is dynamic and changes according to the employment market, so as few jobs exist and many people are looking for work the pressure from the unions was the removal of Masters & Deck Officers. It is possible that when the industry recovers in a few years time that it may reappear on the list. Just to reiterate the above, if you have received an invite (after EOI) and actually paid and submitted a visa application, than it will be processed. If you have not submitted the full visa application then you are no longer eligible.
  11. It's hard to say Lali, although I would imagine that is it and you will just need to wait around 2-4 weeks for them to review the documents and hopefully will have the visa issued.
  12. "Money, sunshine, lifestyle, sustainable mostly self sufficient living (eventually) and a positive sustainable future for my children"
  13. Hi Johnny, To be honest, I would be highly surprised if the Coxswains certificate would be sufficient for the 'Deck Officer' category, you could e-mail AMSA to determine what the minimum acceptable qualification is (perhaps a restricted Mates ticket?).
  14. Still a concern, i would suggest that it would be prudent to have visa application submitted by the 1st July (just having an EOI invite is likely to be insufficient). Otherwise, for those that can't meet that deadline it might be worth holding off until it's known what is happening. The unions are fighting strongly for the removal, the maritime industry is very subdued and few jobs have been advertised in the last 12 months. I have Australian colleagues and friends who are working overseas and with international shipping companies on significantly reduced salaries (once you are an Australian resident you are subject to tax on all of your earnings, including overseas), whilst many other highly qualified Master Mariners, DPO's, Marine Pilots, Surveyors etc are unemployed and desperately searching for work. The oil & gas price is slowly creeping back up, so eventually some of the big offshore projects may resume, but it will take time. I have heard anecdotal reports of hundreds of very well qualified applicants for recent maritime positions in ports and seagoing positions. I'd recommend to everyone considering Australia to go in with your eyes wide open and have a plan B in case you need to work in another industry for a while until an opportunity arises. Good luck.
  15. Congratulations! You put in the hard work and this was recognised. This is they key 'preparation', there is no easy way to pass the exam such as finding an easy examiner or learning the answers to a few past orals questions, you actually have to put the hard work in of learning the legislation, knowing your job and being able to confidently show that you are capable and deserving of passing the exam. I really don't think anyone will find a significant difference between AMSA Examiners or AMSA Offices. The past oral information and guidance at the start of the thread just provides some hints on the kinds of questions that may be asked, which helps you focus some of your study, but you need to have a broad knowledge. If you are good, competent and professional at your job already, then it will be all that bit easier.