Australian Maritime Safety Authority

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Outcomes from the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee- 31 July 2017

Reducing potentially harmful emissions from ships and preventing the spread of invasive species through ballast water management were hot topics at the 71st session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) which was held in London in early July.


Maritime Casualty Officers workshop and training- 27 April 2017
Cargo handling

AMSA Response hosted a Maritime Casualty Officers (MCO) workshop and training sessions in NSW between 28 February and 3 March. The aim of the workshop and training sessions was to prepare our MCOs theoretically and practically for potential deployment on board a maritime casualty. Nine of the eleven port marine surveyors designated as MCOs from each level 2 emergency towage capability regions participated. AMSA organised, coordinated and participated in training with MCOs.


AMSA officers participate in Forward Field Base training - 27 January 2017
Cargo handling

We recently organised familiarisation visits and training for our Canberra and regional-based Response staff who are likely to be involved in establishing and managing a Forward Field Base (FFB) for search and rescue and maritime casualty response operations.



Updated marine orders come into effect on 1 January 2017 - 29 September 2016
Cargo handling

Marine Order 32 (Cargo Handling Equipment) and Marine Order 34 (Solid Bulk Cargos) have been updated and will come into effect from 1 January 2017.


AMSA celebrates World Maritime Day 2016 - 29 September 2016
World Maritime Day 2016 logo

On Thursday 29 September 2016 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is celebrating World Maritime Day.


National Plan exercise conducted in Port Macquarie - 20 September 2016
RHIB approaching MV Island Trader

On 6 September the AMSA and Fire & Rescue New South Wales Hazardous and Noxious Substance Reconnaissance Team (HRT) conducted an operational exercise in Port Macquarie. 


AMSA hosts regional pollution response planning workshop - 8 September 2016
PACPLAN workshop participants

From 1-2 September, AMSA hosted a workshop on the implementation of the Pacific Islands Regional Marine Spill Contingency Plan (PACPLAN) in Brisbane.


Torres Strait marine debris education program - 6 September 2016
Beach clean-up activities

From 17-19 August, AMSA and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation delivered a marine debris education program to school students on Thursday Island.


AMSA hosts salvage and wreck workshop - 23 June 2016
Workshop participants

From 15-16 June we hosted a salvage and wreck workshop at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.


AMSA celebrates the 2016 International Maritime Organization Day of the Seafarer - 22 June 2016
Day of the Seafarer logo

AMSA is this week celebrating the 2016 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Day of the Seafarer.


AMSA provides charts for Tagai State College navigation course - 22 June 2016
Tagai State College students

Our search and rescue staff regularly interact with a variety of communities across Australia. Recently, AMSA Search and Rescue in Canberra assisted our staff in the Torres Strait by collating a series of charts for use at the Tagai State College. 


AMSA and Tangaroa Blue working together for clean seas - 9 June 2016
Tangaroa Blue logo

We have joined forces with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation (Tangaroa Blue) to prevent marine debris from ships.


AMSA’s ETV Coral Knight conducts exercises in North Queensland - 6 June 2016
Coral Knight

On 28-29 May we coordinated emergency towage, medical evacuation, and search and rescue exercises on board our emergency towage vessel (ETV) Coral Knight


AMSA introduces fee for services to partially recover costs - 12 May 2016
Marine surveyor

As foreshadowed in the 2016–17 Federal Budget, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will implement a fee-for-service arrangement to partially recover costs associated with delivery of select services from 1 September 2016.


The ETV Coral Knight tests her emergency response capabilities - 4 May 2016
James Bond

From 17-20 April 2016, AMSA coordinated pollution response, emergency wreck marker buoy deployment and firefighting drills on board our emergency towage vessel, Coral Knight.


James Bond - 15 April 2016
James Bond

Well known industry identity Graham (James) Bond, discoverer of Hydrographer's Passage and long-time AMSA employee, passed away last week aged 70.

James joined AMSA in 1993 and over the years worked in the Navigation Safety, International Relations and Ship Safety areas. 


New satellite tracking station at Mingenew - 4 April 2016
10 people standing around a satellite receiver at Mingenew station

AMSA's new satellite tracking station in Mingenew, Western Australia will be operational by mid-2016. The six-antenna satellite tracking station is part of the international Medium Altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system. The facility will detect and locate emergency distress beacon activations for Australia and the region.


Upcoming SMS workshops - 3 February 2016
Fishing vessel

The Commercial Vessel Risk and Safety Management Workshop provides participants with an understanding of the benefits of implementing a safety management system (SMS) for safe operation for their vessels. The workshops provide participants with skills to identify and manage risk and then develop and implement a simple but effective SMS.


Search and rescue boost as new capability comes online - 27 January 2016
Challenger jet

Australia's search and rescue capabilities are being bolstered by a $640 million service contract over 12 years for new technology and aircraft. This investment will provide essential eyes in the sky for people in distress, with the replacement aircraft based in Perth, Cairns and Essendon.



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