New arrangements for maritime casualties and pollution events

AMSA's Response Centre is now the main contact for all maritime casualties in Australian waters.

New role of AMSA's Response Centre 

The Response Centre will now: 

  • lead the triage and initial response to maritime casualties in Australian waters 
  • issue all alert, stand-up, on task and demobilisation directions to Emergency Towage Vessel (ETV) operators.

The Response Centre Duty Manager will now: 

  • determine and implement response options
  • call on AMSA and external subject matter experts as needed.

An Incident Management Team may be established from the subject matter experts. The Maritime Casualty Coordination Cell used to manage this process. 

Link between maritime casualties and pollution events

Maritime casualties often happen before a marine pollution event. If we respond early and appropriately to a maritime casualty, we could prevent a pollution event. 

The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies recognises the link between marine casualties and pollution events. 

How to contact AMSA's Response Centre

 You can either: 

Last updated: 

Thursday 29 July 2021