Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Australian Maritime Safety Authority News

LNG Bunkering Found Feasible in Australian Ports

A DNV-led Joint Industry Project (JIP) concludes attractive payback periods on the required investment are likely. Attractive payback periods from the additional investments required for LNG fuelled shipping, along with no significant legal restrictions hindering development of LNG bunkering in Australia. This is the conclusion of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) focusing on LNG fuelled tugs and OSVs, managed by DNV with nine partners in Australia. The use of Liquid Natural Gas…

Australia Takes Steps to Improve Pollution Incident Response

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisatio (CSIRO) join forces. maritime environmental incident, such as an oil spill, to help understand the impact of pollution on the surrounding marine environment. Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and the Montara Commission of Enquiry. CSIRO's significant expertise and experience in maritime and marine science will serve AMSA's need for immediate advice during an incident response to ensure timely decisions can be made that help minimise impact…

Emergency Tugboat Provision: AMSA Invites Tenders

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released a 'Request For Tender' for a level-two emergency towage contract. While the safety standards of commercial shipping have steadily improved, internal experience has shown that a single major pollution incident can result in huge losses, not only to the marine environment, but also to coastal communities, and recreational and commercial activities. Under the contract, effective from June 2013, suitably equipped tugs will…

Investigation Reveals Queensland Pilotage Safety Concerns

Systemic safety issues in Queensland coastal pilotage operations have been identified in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation report. Coastal pilots form a key defence against a serious shipping incident in parts of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait as part of a suite of broader protective measures already in place. The ATSB began an investigation into coastal pilotage operations in December 2010 following the release of its report into the grounding…

A 'K'-Line Bulk Carrier: Photo credit 'K'-Line

AMVER 'K'-Line Bulker Saves 45 Fishermen

The 'K' Line managed Amver ship diverts to the rescue 270 miles SE of Sri Lanka. The 738 foot Singapore flagged bulk carrier, M/V Pinnacle Bliss safely embarked the fishermen after their unknown distress, been diverted to the scene by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority The 'Good Samaritan' rescue ship is taking the fishermen to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates where they will be repatriated to their homes. The Pinnacle Bliss enrolled in Amver on July 18, 2011 and has earned one award for participation.

Australia LNG Bunkering Project Kicks Off

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) & nine key members of the Australian maritime, port and energy sectors have established the four-month study. The Joint Industry Project (JIP) is to facilitate the adoption of LNG fuelled vessels in Australian waters. The use of LNG as marine fuel eliminates SOx and particulate matter emissions, nets a 15% reduction in GHG emissions and diminishes that of NOx by 85-90%, which addresses both local and global pollution issues. The study aims to cover the infrastructure and regulatory requirements as well as the potential benefits and risks faced by energy majors…

Chinese Delegate Presents Gift to AMSA Head: Photo credit AMSA

China – Australia Maritime Safety Exchange Program

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) welcomes 6 delegates from the China Maritime Safety Administration in a 12-week maritime safety exchange program. The group had a very busy first week in Canberra, where they were able to meet with AMSA's Executive and most of the divisions at AMSA’s head office where they were briefed by AMSA's CEO Mr Graham Peachey on upcoming changes to Australian maritime legislation and future priority issues for AMSA. Mr Peachey and the delegates also discussed the mutual benefits of maintaining a close relationship for the two agencies.

NW Australia Shipping Fairways: Image credit AMSA

Shipping Fairways NW Australia Discussed at AMSA Meeting

The third meeting of the Navigation Safety Advisory Group (NSAG) recently met to consider safety of navigation concerns in Australian waters. (NSAG is the peak consultative body for matters relating to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) responsibilities for the safety of navigation in Australian waters). The meeting attracted 24 navigation practitioners and representatives from the Australian Hydrographic Service, port and state marine authorities, industry peak bodies, shipping companies and marine pilots.