Regional maritime safety forum concludes in Cairns
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) hosted the 14th Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) forum from July 1-4.
AMSA chief executive Graham Peachey said the forum had generated important discussion about ensuring the shipping industry remains safe, clean and strong at a time of growth in regional shipping movements.
“The focus this year has centred mainly on improving maritime safety, response to pollution events and exchanging experiences on search and rescue efforts,” Mr Peachey said.
“It has helped renew and refresh links, and cooperation between regulators in the region, as well as assisting our smaller neighbours build capacity.”
APHoMSA was first held in 1996 after it was initiated by Australia to provide a regular opportunity for maritime regulators in the Asia Pacific to share ideas and address challenges to the maritime industry.
Technical cooperation has also been a focus of this year’s forum, with the aim for all countries in the region to reduce duplication.
“Shipping is the lifeblood of the regional economy and APHoMSA provides an important opportunity to meet and learn from each other,” Mr Peachey said.
“As maritime safety regulators, we seek to ensure there is orderly shipping in the region and that it is predictable and safe”
Mr Peachey said the visit by Chinese maritime patrol vessel, Haixun 01, on its first international voyage demonstrated the close collaboration which exists between Australia and its regional partners.
Fiji, China and New Zealand will host APHoMSA in coming years.