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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

Shipping management

Vessel traffic services

As a signatory to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) Australia has undertaken to establish vessel traffic services (VTS) where the volume of traffic or the degree of risk justifies such services.

SOLAS is implemented in Australia by the Navigation Act 2012, which establishes AMSA as the competent authority for VTS in Australia and allows regulations to be made in relation to VTS. Marine Order 64 sets out the arrangements for us to regulate for VTS authorities, including authorisation, certification and auditing, as well as the accreditation of VTS training organisations.

In 2015-16 ten new vessel traffic services were authorised: Dampier, Brisbane, Gladstone, Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Townsville, Cairns, Weipa and the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait (REEFVTS).

To meet Australia’s international obligations for VTS, and ensure a national approach to VTS, we released two key policy documents:

  • VTS Compliance and Enforcement Framework – released in March 2016.
    The framework sets out arrangements for:
    • complying with Australia’s international obligations under SOLAS, i.e. establishing a policy with respect to violations of VTS regulatory requirements and ensuring that this policy is consistent with Commonwealth law
    • dealing with violations of VTS regulatory requirements in accordance with Commonwealth law and the AMSA Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
  • Guidance on the qualifications and training of Vessel Traffic Service Operators ― released in June 2016. The guidance focuses on when a person should be considered capable of carrying out the duties of an operator.

Both policy documents were developed through a series of workshops conducted in association with the Australian VTS Working Group ― a consultative group to facilitate communication and information sharing between VTS authorities and key stakeholders.

Under keel clearance management

Our under keel clearance management (UKCM) system has become a key contributor to the safe navigation of commercial shipping through Torres Strait.

We are investigating a number of potential recommendations to ensure the ongoing refinement of the UKCM system and its continued acceptance as an effective tool by licenced coastal pilots, ships’ masters and owners, including:

  • deploying a recording tide gauge at Varzin Passage to further increase the data fidelity of present tidal predictions in this remote location
  • pursuing enhanced marine pilot training through a rebuild and rebranding of the current UKCM e-learning environment
  • positioning relevant UKCM output ‘products’ as potential input into navigational, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and e-navigation systems through formally endorsed International Hydrographic Organisation sponsored project teams
  • exploring, by using historical UKCM system transit information, the existing ‘10 per cent of draught’ under keel clearance rule to assess the potential to use an even 1.0 metre under keel clearance rule for all vessel draughts of up to 12.2 metres
  • investigating other contributory technology and system enhancements.

If implemented, these recommendations will enhance the positioning and, importantly, help to future-proof the use of the UKCM system. They will also contribute to further improving the safety of commercial navigation in Torres Strait.

We continue to provide an effective UKCM-based safety management service, through thorough data assessment, close cooperation with supporting agencies and effective stakeholder liaison, engagement, training and management. This service is ably supported by a renewed maintenance contract valid until July 2019.