Australian Reef Protected by New Safety Initiative

Press Release
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Marine Notice Chartlet: Image credit AMSA

To protect the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia’s north-west region, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to establish an area ships should avoid.

A new AMSA Marine Notice will recommend ships keep at least two nautical miles from the edge of Ningaloo Reef at its narrowest part, and between eight and 12 nautical miles from the reef along the remainder of the Ningaloo Coast section to reduce the risk of shipping accidents and help protect the World Heritage listed region from ship-sourced pollution.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Australian Hydrographic Service - a Commonwealth Government agency responsible for the publication and distribution of nautical charts and other information required for the safe navigation of ships in Australian waters - will depict the new area on navigational charts of the region.

This new ship routing measure follows a review of maritime safety and environment protection measures in the region by AMSA and Western Australia’s Department of Transport.

This review was undertaken between 2010 and 2011 and involved consultation with relevant government and non-government organisations, industry and serving mariners.

One of the review's recommendations was to establish an International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted area to be avoided for the Ningaloo Coast. The IMO is the United Nations specialised agency, with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping, and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

AMSA Chief Executive Officer Graham Peachey said the new area to be avoided was approved by the IMO late last year. “The Ningaloo Coast lies along a major coastal shipping route and it is frequented by ships servicing Australia’s North West Shelf oil and gas industry”, Mr Peachey said. “The Ningaloo Coast is designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Sea Area (ESSA) under the Convention on Biological Diversity. “This identifies the area for protection and maintenance of its biological diversity. “The coastline’s length and remoteness pose challenges to any incident response, so it is important we do what we can to protect the reef,” he said. Mr Peachey said the ship routing measure would have minimal impact on shipping when it comes into effect on 1 June this year.

“Currently ships on coastal voyages between Fremantle and major ports in north-west Australia pass as close as half a nautical mile to Ningaloo Reef,” he said. “The area to be avoided aims to keep ships further away from the reef edge. The new arrangements will add a little over one nautical mile to an average overall voyage of 1500 nautical miles.”

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Truckers to Strike Four SoCal Shippers

Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said,

Maritime Tension Dominates Southeast Asia Summit

Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on Monday, as the Philippines

PSA Commissions new Dammam Terminal

Saudi Global Ports LLC (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International (PSA)

Navigation

US Designates Three Marine Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects.   The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, previously designated as the M-55 and M-35,

Milaha Reports Improved Net Profit for Q1

Qatar Navigation (Milaha) Q.S.C. has announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015, in which it reported operating revenues of QR 786 million vs.

Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems for Canadian Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has been selected to design and supply gyrocompass navigation systems for 12  Kingston Class coastal

Environmental

ExxonMobil Debuts Premium AFME 200

To help shipowners meet strict new emission mandates, ExxonMobil expanded its range of fuels for use within Emission Control Areas (ECA) with the introduction of

Ecochlor BWTS

Ballast water treatment technology developer Ecochlor Inc. presented a project case study at CMA Shipping 2015, a case study which covered the retrofit of Ecochlor’s

GEA UV Ballast Water Treatment

Earlier this year GEA won the first contract for equipping cruise liners with its UV ballast water treatment system, BallastMaster marineX, powered by Trojan Marinex.

Maritime Safety

IMO Forum Aims to Rebuild Somalia's Maritime Sector

A three-day Stakeholders Forum will be held April 27-29 to review draft guidelines for the establishment of a Somalia Maritime Administration, coordinated and funded

London P&I Club Issues Recommendations on Bauxite Cargoes

The London P&I Club has issued a list of recommendations to owners contemplating the carriage of bauxite cargoes in the wake of renewed concerns about the dangers

Shipoweners Warned to be Prepared for Migrant Rescues

The North P&I club has warned its shipowner members of the need to be properly prepared to meet their moral and legal obligations to rescue migrants at sea. In

Government Update

US Designates Three Marine Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects.   The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, previously designated as the M-55 and M-35,

IMO Forum Aims to Rebuild Somalia's Maritime Sector

A three-day Stakeholders Forum will be held April 27-29 to review draft guidelines for the establishment of a Somalia Maritime Administration, coordinated and funded

EPA Promotes Green Initiatives at Port of Houston

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the Port of Houston April 24 to highlight grants aimed at improving air quality. The port will receive about $900,

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1997 sec (5 req/sec)