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  1. About the report
  2. About AMSA
  3. Plan on a Page
  4. Transmittal letter
  5. Reporting requirements and responsible minister
  6. Annual performance statements
  7. Chairman's review
  8. Organisational profile
  9. Financial summary
  10. Our governance
    1. Planning
    2. Risk management
    3. Performance reporting
    4. Related entity transactions
    5. Public interest disclosure
    6. Disability report
    7. Statement of significant non-compliance issues
    8. Advertising and market research
    9. Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
    10. Workers' compensation premium
  11. Vessel and seafarer safety
    1. Seafarer certification
    2. Compliance and enforcement
    3. International shipping
    4. Domestic commercial vessels
  12. Search and rescue
    1. Search and rescue aircraft replacement
    2. National Search and Rescue Council
    3. Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system
    4. Beacon registration system upgrade
    5. Torres Strait Marine Safety Program
  13. Marine environment
    1. The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
    2. Cape Upstart marine pollution incident
    3. Working with other regulators
  14. Navigation safety
    1. Shipping management
    2. Aids to navigation management
  15. Working with our community
    1. Domestic engagement
    2. International engagement
    3. Regional engagement
  16. Appendix 1: Financial statements
    1. Statement of comprehensive income
    2. Statement of financial position
    3. Statement of changes in equity
    4. Cash flow statement
    5. Overview
    6. Note 1: Expenses
    7. Note 2: Own-source income
    8. Note 3: Fair value measurement
    9. Note 4: Financial assets
    10. Note 5: Non-financial assets
    11. Note 6: Payables
    12. Note 7: Interest bearing liabilities
    13. Note 8: Provisions
    14. Note 9: Cash flow reconciliation
    15. Note 10: Contingent liabilities and assets
    16. Note 11: Senior management personnel remuneration
    17. Note 12: Related party disclosures
    18. Note 13: Remuneration of auditors
    19. Note 14: Financial instruments
    20. Note 15: Financial assets reconciliation
    21. Note 16: Reporting of outcomes
    22. Note 17: Regulatory charging summary
    23. Note 18: Budgetary reports and explanations of major variances
  17. Appendix 2: Non-financial performance
    1. SC1: Ship and vessel safety
    2. SC1: Environment protection
    3. SC1: Regulatory
    4. SC1: Search and rescue
    5. SC1: Projects
    6. SC2: Preparing for the future
    7. SC3: Ensuring a competent and fairly treated maritime workforce
    8. SC4: Influencing international arrangements
    9. SC5: Engaging with the community
    10. SC6: Ensuring a progressive and vibrant organisation
  18. Appendix 3: AMSA Board members
  19. References
  20. Compliance Index
  1. About the report
  2. About AMSA
  3. Plan on a Page
  4. Transmittal letter
  5. Reporting requirements and responsible minister
  6. Annual performance statements
  7. Chairman's review
  8. Organisational profile
  9. Financial summary
  10. Our governance
    1. Planning
    2. Risk management
    3. Performance reporting
    4. Related entity transactions
    5. Public interest disclosure
    6. Disability report
    7. Statement of significant non-compliance issues
    8. Advertising and market research
    9. Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
    10. Workers' compensation premium
  11. Vessel and seafarer safety
    1. Seafarer certification
    2. Compliance and enforcement
    3. International shipping
    4. Domestic commercial vessels
  12. Search and rescue
    1. Search and rescue aircraft replacement
    2. National Search and Rescue Council
    3. Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system
    4. Beacon registration system upgrade
    5. Torres Strait Marine Safety Program
  13. Marine environment
    1. The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
    2. Cape Upstart marine pollution incident
    3. Working with other regulators
  14. Navigation safety
    1. Shipping management
    2. Aids to navigation management
  15. Working with our community
    1. Domestic engagement
    2. International engagement
    3. Regional engagement
  16. Appendix 1: Financial statements
    1. Statement of comprehensive income
    2. Statement of financial position
    3. Statement of changes in equity
    4. Cash flow statement
    5. Overview
    6. Note 1: Expenses
    7. Note 2: Own-source income
    8. Note 3: Fair value measurement
    9. Note 4: Financial assets
    10. Note 5: Non-financial assets
    11. Note 6: Payables
    12. Note 7: Interest bearing liabilities
    13. Note 8: Provisions
    14. Note 9: Cash flow reconciliation
    15. Note 10: Contingent liabilities and assets
    16. Note 11: Senior management personnel remuneration
    17. Note 12: Related party disclosures
    18. Note 13: Remuneration of auditors
    19. Note 14: Financial instruments
    20. Note 15: Financial assets reconciliation
    21. Note 16: Reporting of outcomes
    22. Note 17: Regulatory charging summary
    23. Note 18: Budgetary reports and explanations of major variances
  17. Appendix 2: Non-financial performance
    1. SC1: Ship and vessel safety
    2. SC1: Environment protection
    3. SC1: Regulatory
    4. SC1: Search and rescue
    5. SC1: Projects
    6. SC2: Preparing for the future
    7. SC3: Ensuring a competent and fairly treated maritime workforce
    8. SC4: Influencing international arrangements
    9. SC5: Engaging with the community
    10. SC6: Ensuring a progressive and vibrant organisation
  18. Appendix 3: AMSA Board members
  19. References
  20. Compliance Index

International shipping

Industry trends

With bulk carriers representing around 67 per cent of the foreign ships visiting Australia each year, the easing of demand for the major export commodities has been reflected by reduced growth in activity, with port arrivals increasing by 1.3 per cent, to 27,533 arrivals by 5662 ships during the year.

The trend of recent years towards larger ships continued, with average carrying capacity per port visit increasing by 2.5 per cent, while fleet turnover maintained the average age of these foreign-flagged ships at 8.4 years. Shipping activity also varied geographically, with the main iron ore and coal export ports experiencing modest growth in port arrivals, while activity declined at the main capital city general cargo ports.

Ship and cargo safety

The safety oversight of ships and cargoes resulted in 9501 inspections of some 20 different types, with the port State control (PSC) inspection program for foreign ships covering 62 per cent of the visiting fleet, with 3817 initial PSC inspections, finding 2.3 deficiencies per inspection on average, with 248 ships being detained, a rate of 6.5 per cent. We also conducted 2715 follow-up inspections to clear outstanding deficiencies from previous PSC inspections conducted either in Australia or by other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

We have extended a recent AMSA initiative in improving international standards to reduce the risk of liquefaction of bulk cargoes, by seeking International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement to new moisture minimisation requirements for bauxite and nickel ore. We undertook consultations with industry and other stakeholders leading up to the introduction of Verified Gross Mass requirements for shipping containers, which came into effect on 1 July 2016.

Ship operations

Revision on the International Maritime Organization - Guidelines on Fatigue

AMSA, on behalf of the Australian Government, is leading the revision of the Guidelines on Fatigue at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The draft revised modules in the Guidelines on Fatigue are based on contemporary approaches in the area of fatigue risk management.

At the third session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) it was agreed that our submission on the proposed revised guidelines be used as the base document. We are coordinating the correspondence group established to manage the revision.

Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping Advisory Group

The purpose of our Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping Advisory Group (HTW-AG) is to provide a forum for Australian maritime industry stakeholders (shipowners, operators and seafarers) to discuss issues of common interest and concern in relation to outcomes on the human element and training from the IMO HTW Sub-Committee.

The group was formed in 2014 and meets twice a year. In December 2015 and May 2016 we held advisory group meetings which focused on fatigue management.

Maritime Safety Awareness bulletin

We publish bi-annual maritime safety awareness bulletins. The aim of the bulletins is to identify trends in accident occurrence, raise awareness of safety and human factors concerns and provide safety advice and recommendations relating to the topic under focus. In 2015-16 we published bulletins focusing on working at heights, mooring safety, and electrical safety. All issues of this publication are available for download from our website.

Ergoship 2016 - Shaping shipping for people

AMSA 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 in Melbourne.

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, and designing maritime systems for user needs.

The conference 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.