The National Plan recognises that the starting point for reducing the impacts of maritime environmental emergencies lies in the understanding of the specific hazards and the social, environmental, cultural and heritage, infrastructure and economic vulnerabilities presented by these events. The National Plan is underpinned by formal risk assessment at the Commonwealth, state and Northern Territory (NT), regional, and local scale.
Using a risk-based approach means that the National Plan can implement the ‘polluter pays principles’ under which preparedness is funded by the potential polluters. This means that for shipping, a levy applies to commercial shipping visiting Australian ports, and for the offshore petroleum sector, operators fund arrangements to meet their specific risks.
The risk assessments also assist AMSA and the jurisdictions to determine the appropriate locations for and levels of National Plan emergency towage capability and spill response equipment.
- The 2004 Report by Det Norske Veritas: Risk Assessment of Emergency Towing and Salvage
This report was commissioned jointly by the Department of Transport and Regional Services and AMSA to inform the work of the Australian Maritime Group’s Working Party on Emergency Towage and Salvage Capacity and the development of the Government’s response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Transport and Regional Services’ report of June 2004 “Ship Salvage: Inquiry into Maritime Salvage in Australian Waters”.
- Report - Emergency Towing and Salvage Capabilities [ PDF: 1283Kb]
- Appendix A - Towage and Salvage Vessel Data [ PDF: 82Kb]
- Appendix B - Stakeholder input from questionnaires [ PDF: 114Kb]
- Appendix C - Emergency Resources Coverage Maps [ PDF: 2336Kb]
- The 2011 Report by Det Norske Veritas: Assessment of the Risk of Pollution
from Marine Oil Spills in Australian
Ports and Waters
- Final Report [ PDF: 1Mb]
- Appendix 1 - Activity data [ PDF: 358Kb]
- Appendix 2 - Environmental sensitivities [ PDF: 583Kb]
- Appendix 3 - Australian spill data [ PDF: 118Kb]
- Appendix 4 - Ship spill model [ PDF: 427Kb]
- Appendix 5 - Offshore spill model [ PDF: 68Kb]
- Appendix 6 - Oil dispersion model [ PDF: 139Kb]