News and media releases
Discover the latest developments and news updates from AMSA.
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Decision to ban vessel from Australian ports affirmed by AAT
An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) decision to ban the Panama flagged bulk carrier Fortune Genius from entering or using an Australian port for a period of 12 months has been affirmed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
APL England shipping container loss - Update 5
Charges have been laid against the master of the APL England, which lost about 50 containers overboard off Sydney on Sunday. The offences relate to pollution and/or damage of the Australian marine environment as a result of poor cargo loading.
APL England container loss – Update 2
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) boarded the Singapore-flagged container ship APL England at the Port of Brisbane anchorage (off Port Cartwright) today following an incident involving the loss of 40 containers overboard during heavy seas on Sunday.
Industry reminded to get on board with float-free EPIRBs
Fourteen commercial fishermen and divers lost their lives after their vessels capsized in Australian waters between 2015-2017. None of these commercial vessels had a means of automatically alerting search and rescue authorities to their unfolding plight.
Spirit of 1770 company fined for reckless operation
The company which owned Spirit of 1770, a passenger vessel that caught fire and burnt to the waterline with 42 paying customers and four crew members on board while returning from a voyage to Lady Musgrave Island on 11 May 2016, has been fined $25,000 for reckless operation of a commercial vessel.
Out now! Outcome report – hours of work and rest focused inspection campaign
Between 1 May and 17 June 2022, we conducted a focused inspection campaign on hours of work and rest. Along with our standard port State control (PSC) and flag State control (FSC) inspections, specific questions about hours of work and rest were asked by our inspectors.
Out now! Outcome report – planned maintenance focused inspection campaign
Between 15 January and 28 February 2022, we conducted a focused inspection campaign on planned maintenance. Along with our standard port State control (PSC) and flag State control (FSC) inspections, our inspectors asked specific questions about planned maintenance.
How to wear your most valuable accessory – your lifejacket
Lifejackets may seem simple to wear, but in the case of an emergency it’s easy to get confused. And this National Safe Boating Week we urge you to get to know your lifejacket so it can do its job – save your life.
Now available – Monthly marine incident reports
The information you provide in your incident report plays an important part in guiding the way we improve maritime safety for everybody on the water. By reporting marine incidents to us, you are also meeting your reporting obligations under Australian laws.