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April 2016

National System transition update

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AMSA has released an update on how it will deliver services to the domestic commercial vessel industry starting 1 July 2017.

Read the update for answers on the following questions from industry:

  • Why is AMSA taking over the delivery of services?
  • What are the current arrangements between AMSA and the states/territories?
  • What is happening during the transition and when?
  • Will there be changes in how I currently do business?
  • What will it cost?
  • When can I have my say about the transition?
  • How do I find out more about the transition?

Torres Strait Marine Safety Program

AMSA continues its work in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) through the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) and Torres Strait Maritime Pathways Project (TSMPP).

Established in 2006, the TSMSP a partnership with Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ), Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), Queensland Police Service and National Maritime Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea remains successful in delivering safety outcomes in the region.  The program delivers a number of safety initiatives in an effort to improve and promote boating safety in the Torres Strait region; reduce the number of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the area; increase the survivability of persons lost at sea; and support development of the near coastal maritime industry.

One of the newest initiatives of the program is the school-based Maritime Safety Education workshops, which aim to enhance maritime safety and the survivability of children who may become involved in a marine incident in the Torres Strait. The program provides contemporary marine safety education and resources such as lifejackets to educators, school children and parents.

Since July 2014, the marine safety workshops have been delivered at 23 school campuses distributing approximately 2,300 properly fitting lifejackets and a marine safety equipment educational kit for ongoing maritime safety education and broader curriculum support.


The students were fitted for their lifejackets and the MSQ, police, AMSA and Tagai officers delivered marine safety workshops at the schools, demonstrating flare use and vital safety skills.

The students were fitted for their lifejackets and the MSQ, police, AMSA and Tagai officers delivered marine safety workshops at the schools, demonstrating flare use and vital safety skills.


The TSMSP supports the delivery of Boat Safe courses throughout the Torres Strait and NPA.

The TSMSP supports the delivery of Boat Safe courses throughout the Torres Strait and NPA.


AMSA delivering maritime safety training to residents of the Papua New Guinea treaty villages (adjacent to the Torres Strait) who regularly make open water voyages to visit Australian treaty villages through the provision of an additional 150 lifejackets

AMSA delivering maritime safety training to residents of the Papua New Guinea treaty villages (adjacent to the Torres Strait) who regularly make open water voyages to visit Australian treaty villages through the provision of an additional 150 lifejackets.


In addition to the school based education, the TSRA, MSQ and AMSA through the TSMPP provides nationally accredited maritime industry training to Indigenous people of the Torres Strait region. The TSMPP aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with maritime and maritime-related vocational career pathways.  These pathways are designed to lead into careers through diverse and higher level qualifications, and literal pathways into maritime employment within or beyond the Torres Strait. 

2015-16 is another busy year as the TSMPP further develops the skills of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people to safely operate commercial vessels and has created career pathways into industries including freight operations, commercial fishing/diving, passenger ferry, coastal pilotage, tourism, government vessel operations and maritime training.  Since 2013, 95% of 170 participants completed training and achieved nationally accredited qualifications with 87% in maritime related employment.


Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal participants, predominantly from the commercial fishing sector, undertaking the Certificate III in Fishing Operations training program which includes vocational wild harvest dive qualifications, at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston

Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal participants, predominantly from the commercial fishing sector, undertaking the Certificate III in Fishing Operations training program which includes vocational wild harvest dive qualifications, at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.

Ergoship 2016: Shaping shipping for people

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Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian Maritime College jointly hosted Ergoship 2016, a maritime human factors conference with the theme ‘Shaping shipping for people’.  The conference was held on 6-7 April 2016 at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto in Melbourne, Australia.

The aim of Ergoship 2016 was to provide a national and international forum for the dissemination and exchange of applied scientific knowledge in the field of human factors within a maritime context.  The program included a variety of high-calibre national and international speakers who presented on a range of human factors topics including safety culture, fatigue risk management, seafarer health and wellbeing, human-technology interaction and designing maritime systems for user needs. In addition, the conference featured expert panel discussions focused on fatigue management and the role of operators in highly automated systems.

This was the first dedicated maritime human factors conference held in Australia and was well attended by more than 100 local and international delegates including seafarers, ship owners/operators, researchers, regulators, training institutions, welfare service providers and classification societies.   

Ergoship 2016 was very well received, with positive feedback on both the content and overall organisation. The conference demonstrates AMSA’s commitment and leading role in human factors in ensuring the safety and sustainability of industry.

Steve Curry, Manager Ship Operations & Ergoship 2016 Organising Committee Chair

Steve Curry, Manager Ship Operations & Ergoship 2016 Organising Committee Chair

Research/Industry Panel: Erik Styhr Petersen (Wärtsilä Lyngsø Marine A/S, Denmark), Nick Lemon (AMSA), and David Patraiko (The Nautical Institute, UK)

Research/Industry Panel: Erik Styhr Petersen (Wärtsilä Lyngsø Marine A/S, Denmark), Nick Lemon (AMSA), and David Patraiko (The Nautical Institute, UK).

What's new?

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Publications

  • Working Boats - Issue 8 of Working Boats is out now.
    The Working Boats newsletter is a quarterly publication and is dedicated to telling industry and seafarers about the latest news and developments in the National System for domestic commercial vessel safety.

  • On Scene - Issue 29 of On Scene is out now.
    "On Scene” is published by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as the manager of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. On Scene is published bi-annually every March and September.

 

Marine notices

  • Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports
  • 2016/07 Perpetual Certificates of Proficiency as Rating and Safety Training

All marine notices are available to view on our website.

 

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