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Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to expand a coal port but will make them pay for it themselves.   "The Queensland Government is restarting the approvals process for expanding the Abbot Point coal terminal in north Queensland in a bid to keep dredge spoil away from both the Great Barrier Reef and nearby wetlands," says an official statement.   The government’s deal with the miners on Abbot Point comes despite previous concerns from the UN – which will decide whether to list the reef “in danger” this year – about the impact of the project’s dredging and increased shipping.   Federal approval to dump dredging material from the port expansion in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was opposed by both sides of politics during the January state election.   Indian conglomerates Adani Enterprises and GVK, with separate projects worth at least A$17 billion ($13 billion), had feared the new Labor government would hold back development of the coal-rich Galilee Basin amid concerns about carbon emissions and damage to the Great Barrier Reef.  


Queensland's Ports Strategy

The Queensland Ports Strategy to protect the Great Barrier Reef, grow jobs and sustainably develop the state's port network was released yesterday. According to Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney, the strategy outlines 18 actions that will provide a rigorous, systematic approach to balance economic development with protection of the environment. Central to the strategy is the establishment of five Priority Port Development Areas for


PSSA Interactive Display Launched at IMO

Mr. Sekimizu addressed the audience before the official opening saying: I hope that it will galvanise further efforts to identify and protect more of these special areas throughout the world.” (Photo: IMO)

A new interactive display on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) has been launched at IMO Headquarters and online at www.pssa.imo.org. A PSSA is an area that needs special protection through action by IMO because of its significance for recognized ecological or socio-economic or scientific reasons and which may be vulnerable to damage by international maritime activities. To date, IMO has designated 14 PSSAs.


Ocean Emperor Drifts toward Great Barrier Reef

As of July 27, 11.45 a.m., the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating a maritime casualty response in the Coral Sea for the fully loaded bulk coal carrier Ocean Emperor, in liaison with Maritime Safety Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Ocean Emperor is currently situated approximately 130 kilometres east of Cooktown off the outer Great Barrier Reef, and is drifting slowly westwards towards the reef


Ship Detained for Inadequate Voyage Planning

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week affirmed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) detention of a Liberian flagged vessel SCF Yenisei, in Queensland in October 2013. The manager of the vessel sought to have the detention of the vessel downgraded at the tribunal, alleging the deficiency identified by an AMSA port marine surveyor was not serious enough to warrant detention. AMSA Ship Safety Division General Manager Allan Schwartz said the tribunal decision had


BMT WBM Supports AQUIS Great Barrier Reef Resort Project

BMT WBM Supports Landmark AQUIS Great Barrier Reef Resort Project

  BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has provided critical inputs to the Environment Impact Statement (EIS), in the areas of flooding, water quality and coastal processes for the A$ 8.15 billion AQUIS Great Barrier Reef Resort Project proposed in Cairns in north Queensland. The EIS has been prepared by Flanagan Consulting Group for the proposed integrated resort and casino project


Bulk Carrier, Fishing Trawler Collide Off of Australia

Australian Search and Rescue is coordinating an air and sea search for the 55-year-old captain of a fishing trawler involved in a collision with a 70,000 tonne bulk carrier at about 12.10am this morning north-east of Townsville. Two Queensland Rescue helicopters and up to eight vessels including a Townsville Water Police launch and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard boat, are searching for the missing man. The collision occurred at a position 35 nautical miles (64kms) north east of Townsville


Australian Reef Pilots Win Safety Award

ARP logo web.jpg

Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) and its technology suppliers have won an international award for technology which improves safety and efficiency for shipping on the Great Barrier Reef. In a combined submission with VoyageBank and SevenCs, ARP was awarded the IHS Safety at Sea 2013 Award (Systems Category) for the unique VoyageBank pilot system. The custom navigation program combines tablets, cloud computing, electronic charting and an onshore safety management system to better protect one of


Australia Approves Adani's $16 bln Carmichael Coal Project

Gautam Adani

  The Australian government on Monday approved Indian firm Adani Mining Pty Ltd's controversial A$16.5 billion ($15.5 billion) Carmichael coal and rail project in Queensland, subject to strict conditions to protect groundwater. The Carmichael mine, which could become Australia's largest coal mine at 60 million tonnes a year, has sparked protests from green groups and marine tour operators worried about carbon pollution and export of the coal from a port near the Great Barrier Reef.


Australians Change Disposal Rules

The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) issued a Marine Notice


Australian Reef Pilots Under New Ownership

Photo: ARP

Australian marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has been bought by a consortium of its employees.   ARP, which services shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, has been sold by the private Brisbane-based company Torres Industries to a group of ARP executives and reef pilots


Australia Reveals Barrier Reef Protections

Australia detailed on Monday how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world's largest reef and avoid having it listed by UNESCO as "in danger." UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is due to decide in June whether to


Australia Bans Dumping within Great Barrier Reef

Image: Great Barrier Reef

 The dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park will be completely banned under draft laws proposed by the Federal Environment Minister.   Greg Hunt said the regulation would forever end the disposal of capital dredge spoil within the marine park - an area 345


Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer


Taiwanese Captain Arrested in Australia

Photo: China Steel Developer

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship -China Steel Developer- for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.    Sources said that the captain — a Taiwanese national by the name of Lu — will plead


Australia Bans Waste Dumping on Barrier Reef

Image by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

 Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister Greg Hunt stated, as part of a push to cease the UN declaring the website in danger.  The atmosphere minister has given orders for new regulations to be put in place for the


Cargo Ship Disabled near Great Barrier Reef

A general cargo vessel experiencing mechanical issues near the Great Barrier Reef is under tow, the response coordinator Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported.   Antigua and Barbuda flagged general cargo vessel, Thor Commander


Mares Joins Guardian as Europe, U.S. Agent

Photo courtesy of Guardian

Going from strength to strength, Guardian Maritime Ltd, producers of GUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers, has further expanded its worldwide coverage and distribution by signing a deal with Mares Shipping GmbH, specialists in the supply of spare parts and technical equipment for ships


Gazprom Transgaz Ufa Organizes Arts Festival

Performance by children with disabilities from Bashkortostan

  Over 200 healthy children and children with disabilities from Bashkortostan as well as the Volga Region participated in the Breaking the Barriers second interregional children’s arts festival, which took place in Ufa on November 14 under the slogan “Friendship begins


Maritime Growth Potential in Arctic Regions in Focus

Maritime Growth potential in Arctic region

  The industrial policy seminar in Nuuk has identified the potential for and barriers to maritime growth in the Arctic regions. More than 70 persons from Danish and Greenland companies, organisations and authorities met for a maritime industrial policy seminar in Nuuk on 2 and 3 September


Two-way Route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

Two-way route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

  The IMO-adopted ship routeing measure to enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation and protect the region’s sensitive marine environment will come into effect at 0000 UTC on 1st December 2014. The two-way route aims to reduce the risk of collisions and groundings by


Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching.


Bulk Carrier Detained; Two Crew Convicted

A Hong Kong flagged vessel was detained in Queensland following a Port State Control (PSC) inspection conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) which identified a number of deficiencies. MV Bulk Ingenuity was detained under the Navigation Act 2012 for failing to carry


Faulty Charts Lead to Port Detentions

A recent analysis of Australian port state control (PSC) deficiencies revealed several detentions due to incorrect use of charts. The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) has reported a noticeable increase in the use of unofficial charts


Australian Coal Port $10-bln Extension Shelved

A proposed $10 billion Australian coal port expansion, one of two port expansions planned near the Great Barrier Reef, was shelved by its sponsors on Friday who pointed to a lack of demand for the extra capacity. The Dudgeon Point coal terminal project






 
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