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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Australian Maritime Safety Authority News

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Australia Wants to Recycle Trash from Ships

The Port of Hay Point in Queensland, Australia has kicked off a pilot program to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships.Currently, ships' crews separate recyclable garbage on board, but have limited opportunity to offload these materials at Australian ports for recycling. Any garbage that is separated on board is combined when offloaded in Australian ports and has to undergo treatment by autoclave or deep-burial to meet Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

'Sam Simon': Photo credit Dexcel at English Wikipedia CCL

AMSA Check 'Sam Simon' After Whaling Protests

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) surveyors inspect Sea Shepherd Australia’s 'Sam Simon' and interview crew in Williamstown. AMSA's interest stems from reports of a number of alleged incidents in the Southern Ocean in February 2013. 'Sam Simon' is the only Australian-flagged (registered) vessel involved in the reported incidents which included reports of collisions and pollution by vessels and is subject to Australian law. The investigation will include an inspection of the Sam Simon, examination of available documents and records, and interviews with crew.

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Large Yacht Code for Super Yachts - AMSA

From March 1, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will adopt the Large Yacht Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 metres or more in length in a first for the Australian yachting community. Marine Order 52 will change the way large yachts in Australia are regulated in line with international norms. AMSA Chief Executive Mick Kinley said the change recognises that large yachts, also referred to as Super Yachts, operated commercially for sport or leisure do not fall naturally into a single class.

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Pariah Containership Banned from Australian Ports

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) informs that it has issued a direction to the container ship 'Vega Auriga' (IMO 9347786) that prohibits the ship from using or entering any Australian ports due to repeated breaches relating to seafarer welfare and maintenance of the ship. The Vega Auriga has been detained by AMSA on three occasions since 25 July 2013 with repeated concerns for the welfare of the crew including improper payment of wages, inadequate living and working conditions and inadequate maintenance resulting in an unseaworthy and substandard vessel.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016. The election was conducted on 11 June, 2015 during the 95th session of MSC at the IMO’s headquarters in London. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) senior technical body on safety-related matters, and the appointment is a major achievement in the maritime industry.

Containership Rescues 116 Shipwreck Survivors

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. reports that the MOL-operated containership MOL Summer rescued 116 survivors from the ferry Rabaul Queen, which sank about 17 km east of Papua New Guinea. According to local reports, the Rabaul Queen with about 350 passengers aboard was under way from the port of Kimbe on New Britain Island to Lae in Papua New Guinea. On the morning of Thursday, February 2, the Rabaul Queen sank near Fischhafen, shortly after transmitting a distress signal, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Containership Rescues Shipwreck Survivors

MOL-operated Containership Rescues 116 Shipwreck Survivors off Papua New Guinea. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the MOL-operated containership MOL Summer rescued 116 survivors from the ferry Rabaul Queen, which sank about 17 km east of Papua New Guinea. According to local reports, the Rabaul Queen with about 350 passengers aboard was under way from the port of Kimbe on New Britain Island to Lae in Papua New Guinea. On the morning of Thursday, February 2, the Rabaul Queen sank near Fischhafen…

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel…

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AMSA Rescues 2 East of Darwin After Boat Sinks

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the rescue of two men early this morning East of Darwin. About 4.30am AEDT this morning, AMSA detected an unregistered distress beacon 166km east of Darwin near the Alligator Rivers region in Arnhem Land. AMSA tasked its Darwin based dedicated search and rescue Dornier aircraft and a Careflight rescue helicopter to respond. On arrival at the site of the original beacon detection, two large eskies were seen floating in the water.

Forum Atendees: Photo credit AMSA

Asia Pacific Safety Agencies Forum Meets in Vietnam

More than 70 high level participants from across the Asia-Pacific region attended the meeting along with the IMO, IALA and ReCAAP (a regional forum to combat piracy). Australia's delegation was led by Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) CEO, Graham Peachey, who provided a presentation to the meeting on technical cooperation, the Maritime Labour Convention and search and rescue. The benefits of AMSA's technical cooperation program and AMSA's standing in the region were…

Lloyds Register Statutory Alert:

Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports; Applicabilty: All owners and operators of Lloyd’s Register classed vessels trading to Australian waters. Further to Classification News No. 09/2012, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued Marine Notice 11/2012 – Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports, available on their website here. This supersedes the previous Notice 7/2012. The Notice aims to clarify some of the emerging issues relating…

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months. The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) four times since August 2013. The ban will remain in place until December 16, 2015. The most recent detention was on September 14, 2015 at Port Alma, Queensland. Noah Satu is owned by PT Anugerah Samudra Indomakur and operated by PT Adnyana, both based in Indonesia.

Australia Bans Bulk Carrier for 12 Months

Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian has been banned from Australian ports for 12 months once it was discovered that the vessel lacked sufficient provisions for its intended voyage and the crew had not been paid in several months. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued the ban after detaining the vessel August 12. The vessel has been at anchor off Gladstone since July when it was arrested by the Federal Court over a commercial matter. “The crew of the Five Stars Fujian have been forsaken off the Australian coast for over two months…

On Search and Rescue mission

Solo Kayaker Rescued East of Coffs Harbor

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has coordinated the search and rescue of a solo kayaker off northern New South Wales. AMSA Search and Rescue officers were contacted by the International Emergency Response Centre in the United States about 10.30am (AEDT) on Monday when the kayaker activated the SOS function on a two-way satellite communication system. He had advised his partner he was not in distress but was experiencing steering problems. NSW Water Police activated a vessel from Coffs Harbor to assist at the time.

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Australia Ends Indian Ocean Refugee Boat SAR

Australian Maritime Safety Authority calls off search & rescue (SAR) as no further realistic prospect of finding any more survivors. On the final day of the operation four merchant vessels and HMAS Maitland recovered 55 survivors. All survivors, including three with injuries, have been taken to Merak, Indonesia where they are receiving medical attention. One body was recovered during the operation. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority thanks the vessels involved in the search who helped to save 55 lives which otherwise would have been lost.

NW Australia Shipping Fairways: Image credit AMSA

Shipping Fairways NW Australia Discussed at AMSA Meeting

The third meeting of the Navigation Safety Advisory Group (NSAG) recently met to consider safety of navigation concerns in Australian waters. (NSAG is the peak consultative body for matters relating to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) responsibilities for the safety of navigation in Australian waters). The meeting attracted 24 navigation practitioners and representatives from the Australian Hydrographic Service, port and state marine authorities, industry peak bodies, shipping companies and marine pilots.

Chinese Delegate Presents Gift to AMSA Head: Photo credit AMSA

China – Australia Maritime Safety Exchange Program

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) welcomes 6 delegates from the China Maritime Safety Administration in a 12-week maritime safety exchange program. The group had a very busy first week in Canberra, where they were able to meet with AMSA's Executive and most of the divisions at AMSA’s head office where they were briefed by AMSA's CEO Mr Graham Peachey on upcoming changes to Australian maritime legislation and future priority issues for AMSA. Mr Peachey and the delegates also discussed the mutual benefits of maintaining a close relationship for the two agencies.

Montara Well Head Platform Leak Update

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is continuing its staged approach to the management of the clean-up of oil leaking from the Montara well head platform in the Timor Sea. The main area of containment/recovery and dispersant spraying operations is approximately 25 nautical miles by 70 nautical miles and heads north east from the platform. Dispersant spraying is being performed in a targeted manner due to a reduction in oil as a result of warmer weather conditions enhancing the natural weathering process.

Australian Maritime Regulatory Landscape to Change

Australian Parliament's new maritime legislation will revamp Australian maritime regulatory responsibilites in 2013. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will become the national regulator for all domestic commercial vessels in Australia, with state and Northern Territory maritime agencies exercising AMSA delegations in administering national standards. The new Navigation Act 2012 will modernise the way international shipping is regulated by AMSA, providing for high levels of safety and protection of the marine environment through transparent and flexible regulation.

The navy has provided medical assistance to a Chinese mariner who fell ill aboard a fishing boat.

HMAS Launceston Assists Ill Mariner

HMAS Launceston assisted in the medical evacuation of a critically ill Chinese mariner from a Chinese fishing vessel, 80 nautical miles south-east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on the afternoon of 1 January, 2015. The request for Launceston’s assistance came from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and the patrol boat embarked a civilian medical officer prior to departing. The Chinese mariner was embarked in HMAS Launceston at sea along with an escorting crewmember. Life-sustaining medical aid was provided during the return to Flying Fish Cove in Christmas Island.

Australia LNG Bunkering Project Kicks Off

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) & nine key members of the Australian maritime, port and energy sectors have established the four-month study. The Joint Industry Project (JIP) is to facilitate the adoption of LNG fuelled vessels in Australian waters. The use of LNG as marine fuel eliminates SOx and particulate matter emissions, nets a 15% reduction in GHG emissions and diminishes that of NOx by 85-90%, which addresses both local and global pollution issues. The study aims to cover the infrastructure and regulatory requirements as well as the potential benefits and risks faced by energy majors…

A 'K'-Line Bulk Carrier: Photo credit 'K'-Line

AMVER 'K'-Line Bulker Saves 45 Fishermen

The 'K' Line managed Amver ship diverts to the rescue 270 miles SE of Sri Lanka. The 738 foot Singapore flagged bulk carrier, M/V Pinnacle Bliss safely embarked the fishermen after their unknown distress, been diverted to the scene by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority The 'Good Samaritan' rescue ship is taking the fishermen to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates where they will be repatriated to their homes. The Pinnacle Bliss enrolled in Amver on July 18, 2011 and has earned one award for participation.  

IALA Holds Australian Training Seminars

The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation & Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)  in Australian training mission. International representatives tasked with maintaining the world’s aids to navigation will be in Australia for two weeks for training and discussions aimed at enhancing global navigational safety. The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) will hold a series of seminars and meetings in Sydney and Brisbane from Monday 5 November focussing on improving the capacity of authorities to ensure the safety of life at sea.

Emergency Tugboat Provision: AMSA Invites Tenders

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released a 'Request For Tender' for a level-two emergency towage contract. While the safety standards of commercial shipping have steadily improved, internal experience has shown that a single major pollution incident can result in huge losses, not only to the marine environment, but also to coastal communities, and recreational and commercial activities. Under the contract, effective from June 2013, suitably equipped tugs will…

Australia Takes Steps to Improve Pollution Incident Response

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisatio (CSIRO) join forces. maritime environmental incident, such as an oil spill, to help understand the impact of pollution on the surrounding marine environment. Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and the Montara Commission of Enquiry. CSIRO's significant expertise and experience in maritime and marine science will serve AMSA's need for immediate advice during an incident response to ensure timely decisions can be made that help minimise impact…

Girolando Express. Photo: Vroon

Cattle Ship Stranded in Port Phillip Bay

A large live cattle ship on its way to China has been stranded in Port Phillip for days after breaking down on the weekend, reports AAP. The Singapore-flagged Girolando Express left Geelong for Huanghua in China on December 6, but only made it as far as Portarlington. There are 4245 cattle on board, a spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority confirmed. Geelong Harbour Master Captain Dilip Abraham said there are no animal welfare concerns for the 3500 breeding cattle on board.