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AMSA year in review 2020

Thursday 24 December 2020
Did you know we helped save the lives of 162 people in distress in 2020?
2020

Or that our AMSA Response Centre responded to 5,151 operational incidents? You might be surprised to learn we spent 863,867 minutes on the phone helping people with their enquiries—that’s the equivalent of 1,894.5 working days!

This year, AMSA’s Challenger jet spent 826 hours in the air, took part in 184 search and rescue missions, and delivered 58 air droppable items. 

We conducted 2,986 Port state control inspections, detained 174 vessels and banned 5 ships from entering Australian ports.

As part of our work to help light the way for vessels, we used 3,040 litres of paint to spruce up Commonwealth lighthouses and changed 39 lights on marine Aids to Navigation. We also inspected 293 sites, including lighthouses, navigation marks and radar beacons

Just over 44,000 distress beacons were registered in 2020, bringing the total number of registered beacons in Australia to 674,839. 

See our 2020 year in review figures:

Saving lives at risk

  • Operational incidents conducted: 5,151
  • Number of lives saved: 162 lives were saved
  • Number of tasked assets: 321 assets.

Challenger jet

  • Live search and rescue tasks: 184
  • Items dropped: 58
  • Number of hours in the air: 826

Keeping connected

  • Calls handled: 158,994
  • Minutes on the phone: 863,867—which is 1,894.5 working days!
  • Walk-ins in regional offices: 1,045
  • Longest customer interaction: 2 hours 14 minutes.

Beacons

  • Beacons registered: 44,818
  • Total number of beacons registered: 674,839
  • Proof of registration sent: 1,327,375

Helping to light the way—AtoN maintenance

  • AtoN sites visited: 293
  • Hours in helicopter flights: 460
  • Work orders completed: 1,760
  • Litres of paint used: 3,040
  • Lights changed: 39

Inspections

  • Port state control inspections: 2,986
  • Port state control detentions: 174
  • Ships Banned: 5

Certificates

  • Vessel certificates issued: 6,155
  • Seafarer certificates issued: 11,624

Download our colourful infographic 2020 AMSA wrap-up. (PNG 366 KB)

2020