In 2015-16 we continued to build our capability and capacity in compliance and enforcement, and combined resources across our business to form a single unit responsible for the implementation of our compliance and enforcement policy and its various protocols. It was seen that combining the units would ensure the guiding principle of consistency could be applied across the suite of legislation we administer.
The operating model we developed will ensure that we will be able to fulfill our function as the National Regulator for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety when we take over responsibility for service delivery from 1 July 2017, as well as our existing functions outside of the domestic fleet.
We implemented a compliance and enforcement capability for a single operating model under the National System that will provide the platform for the compliance and enforcement function when we assume full responsibility for service delivery.
We have continued to ban ships which repeatedly arrive at Australian ports with serious structural or operational deficiencies. The ship Noah Satu was banned from Australian ports for three months in September 2015 and then detained once more in January 2016, resulting in the ship being banned again, this time for 12 months.
Under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 ships can be prosecuted for polluting Australian waters. In 2015-16, one such prosecution was completed.
Date of prosecution: 20 July 2015
Vessel: ANL Kardinia
Flag State: Hong Kong
Incident: Disposal of food waste into the sea in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, February 2015
Fine: Owner $4000, Master $300, Convictions recorded