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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


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


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.


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


Australians Change Disposal Rules

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


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.


Enhanced Safety and Efficiency with DNV GL’s New Survey Reporting Program

Image:  DNV GL

 At the annual Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, classification society DNV GL introduced a new form of reporting that revolutionizes survey reporting for fleet managers.    The newly structured report defines safety barriers and trends


ABB To Help Save Venice From the Sea

Barriers Venice Photo ABB

 ABB to deliver advanced integrated automation and electrical solution for largest Italian public work project of the last century. ABB will supply the complete integrated electrical and automation system for Mo.S.E. (the Italian acronym for experimental electro mechanic module)


Great Lakes Inks M.E., N.C. Coastal Protection Project Deals

President of Dredging Operations David Simonelli Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Announces $55 Million in Subcontract Work in the Middle East and Award of $38 Million for a Domestic Coastal Protection Project Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) (NASDAQ:GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a


Report on Health of Seagrass in Cleveland Bay

Seagrass Fact Sheet courtesy Port of Townsville

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has released the 2015 Annual Seagrass Health Survey carried out in Cleveland Bay during 2015. The survey, commissioned annually since 2007 at a cost of around $70,000 per year, is carried out by James Cook University’s (JCU) Centre for Tropical Water


Shipper Fined for Dumping Garbage in the Great Barrier Reef

The master and owners of the Hong Kong registered bulk carrier ANL Kardinia have been prosecuted for illegally dumping garbage in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.   Prosecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), One Armania Shipping Ltd


Incat Crowther's Vessel for Great Barrier Reef Tour

Wavelength 4

  Incat Crowther has delivered Wavelength 4, a 19m catamaran tour vessel claimed by its operator to be “the cleanest tour vessel on the Great Barrier Reef”. Built by Aluminium Marine in Queensland, Wavelength 4 features Incat Crowther’s efficient hull form and boasts


WWII Catalina Aircraft Wreckage Confirmed

An engine mount from Catalina 24-25. The aircraft was discovered in waters off Cairns in far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board.   Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC


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


Dredges Work to Restore National Wildlife Refuge

One of the two Ellicott 460SL dredges in operation (Photo: Ellicot Dredges)

Dredges are currently being used in a large tidal marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, one of the largest ever marsh restoration projects in the eastern U.S.   Using two Two Ellicott 460SL dredges


DNV GL Offers Barrier Management Solution

With the latest release of the QHSE software solution Synergi Life, DNV GL offers a new Barrier Management module with an integrated system of live bowties and barrier dashboards, for updates and monitoring. The holistic approach offers a unique way of collecting and consolidating information


Noncompliant Cargo Ship Banned from Australia

The 86-meter general cargo ship Noah Satu has been prohibited from entering or using any Australian ports for the second time in less than 12 months, following another round of safety, environmental and regulatory infractions. The direction was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority


Incat Crowther Delivers Dive Cruise Vessel

Evolution - The Benchmark For Great Barrier Reef Customer Experience Image courtesy of Down Under Dive

Incat Crowther informed about the delivery of the 33m Catamaran Dive Cruise Vessel, Evolution.   Built by Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Evolution was recently delivered to Down Under Dive, whereupon it has become the benchmark for customer experience on


Great Barrier Reef Dive Cruise Vessel Delivered

Evolution (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Incat Crowther  announced the delivery of the 33m Catamaran Dive Cruise Vessel, Evolution. Built by Marine Engineering Consultants on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Evolution was recently delivered to Down Under Dive. Designed from the ground up to provide a sleek and modern feature-packed


Safe Cruising Down Under with Australian Reef Pilots

Pilot launch “MALU MAI” with Carnival Australia cruise ship Pacific Dawn in the background. Photo credit: Australian Reef Pilots Pty Ltd.

According to the Australian Reef Pilots (ARP), Australia is now the fourth biggest cruise market in the world. Part of the boom in cruising has to do with more specialty cruise ships coming to the region. The smaller size cruise ship segment seems purpose-designed to transit the remote waters of


DNV GL’s Debuts New Survey Reporting System

Paal Johansen (Photo: DNV GL)

Classification society DNV GL introduced a new form of reporting that it claims revolutionizes survey reporting for fleet managers. The newly structured report defines safety barriers and trends, using DNV GL's experience with barrier management in the offshore oil and gas industry.  






 
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