North-East Shipping Management Plan
The North-East Shipping Management Plan aims to give Australians confidence in how the growth of shipping area is managed concomitant with growth in commodity flows and associated infrastructure such as ports. It outlines measures currently in place to manage the safety of shipping in the sensitive marine environments of Australia’s north-east region and proposes options and action to further minimise the environmental impacts of these activities and related risks to the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in the years to come.
The development of this plan provides an excellent opportunity for the resources sector, and other industries that rely on sea freight, to look at current and proposed shipping management arrangements and also to play our part in ensuring that that mineral and energy-related shipping continues to be conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
Implementation and monitoring will be guided by the North-East Shipping Management Group, related working groups, and key stakeholders.