A Strategic Overview Of Maritime Safety in Australian Waters

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released its inaugural State of the Fleet overview, which showcases its regulatory interactions with the people and vessels that worked in Australian waters in 2022, and foreshadows forthcoming compliance priority areas.

Safety in Australian waters

AMSA is responsible for regulating safety on domestic commercial vessels, regulated Australian vessels, and foreign-flagged vessels operating to and from Australian ports, and through Australian waters.

AMSA Executive Director Operations Michael Drake said the authority’s regulated communities were incredibly diverse from one another, but also within themselves.

“Safety is important regardless of whether you operate a 3-metre tinny for commercial crabbing, or a 200-metre bulk carrier,” Mr Drake said.

“Despite the differences in vessels and operations, and the challenges that regulating safety on each of them presents, we have identified a number of issues and areas of concern that apply to the full range of vessels under our responsibility.

“Our inspection and incident analysis activities show us that planned maintenance, voyage planning and lookout, working conditions and safety behaviours, electrical safety and vessel-sourced pollution continue to be issues across these diverse regulated communities.

“We are a modern, data-driven regulator so we will use these insights to refine where and how we apply our finite compliance resources for the year to come.”

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Source: Marine Business News


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