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Australia Regulates Pollution Prevention from Ships

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

Australia Joins IMO Capacity-building Effort

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to support IMO’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) capacity-building activities through the provision of experts and hostship facilities for the delivery of ITCP activities, as well as the secondment of staff from AMSA. The new MoU is aimed at assisting developing countries to comply with international maritime safety and environmental protection laws and standards by understanding, implementing and enforcing IMO instrumentsAMSA has a long history of engagement in technical capacity-building…

Container Ship Runs Aground at Fremantle Port

Maersk Garonne (Image by Maersk Line)

A ship that ran aground at Fremantle Port early Saturday has been refloated. The 62,000-tonne Denmark-registered container ship Maersk Garonne became stuck in soft sand about 500m off South Mole. The Maersk Garonne would go to anchor in Gage Roads to be assessed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Jeanette said. Initial reports from the container ship indicated that there were no injuries or damage to the vessel, she said. Authorities would conduct a full investigation into the incident.

Australia Ends Indian Ocean Refugee Boat SAR

Image courtesy of AMSA

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.

Australia Issues Notice on Piracy

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Notice advising owners, operators, masters, and crew of the latest guidance from the IMO on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, as well as the Australian Ship Reporting System for use by Australian ships. Source: HK Law

Maritime Activity Boosts in Search for Flight 370

Photo: Höegh Autoliners

The maritime industry has ramped up contributions to the worldwide search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as an international team scours for signs of the Boeing 777 which went missing nearly two weeks ago with 239 people on board. Merchant and navy ships have recently helped to relaunch a search in the Indian Ocean where Australian authorities said satellites spotted possible debris. So far, no confirmed signs of wreckage have been reported. Commercial maritime companies have pitched in to assist authorities as the hunt proceeds globally.

AMSA Issue Notice on Use of Marine Hydrometers

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Notice reminding the maritime community of the correct use of marine hydrometers. There are two types of marine hydrometers. Load line hydrometers are used to determine displacement of the ship at a given waterline and enable compliance with the Load Line Convention. Draught survey hydrometers are used to determine the apparent weight of the ship and from this the commercially accepted weight or apparent density of the cargo on board. Draught survey hydrometers should not Source: HK Law

Reminder re: Carriage of Dangerous Goods

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Notice reminding stakeholders that compliance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is now mandatory. Amendment 32-04 to the IMDG Code came into effect on 1 January 2005. (HK LAW)

Update: Chinese Icebreaker Stuck After Rescue

Chinese rescue helicopter lands: Image courtesy of Australian Antarctic Expedition

According to a Reuters report, the Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 passengers from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in ice on Friday, January 3, 2014. According to the Reuters report, Snow Dragon had ferried the passengers from the stranded Russian ship to an Australian icebreaker late on Thursday. It now had concerns about its own ability to move through heavy ice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said. The Australian icebreaker carrying the rescued passengers…

AMVER 'K'-Line Bulker Saves 45 Fishermen

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

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.  

Brisbane Ferry Passengers Fined for River Plunges

File image

Seven men have been issued a $2,040 infringement notice after deliberately jumping from a moving domestic commercial vessel into the Brisbane River, informs the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Queensland Water Police Senior Sergeant Warren Francis, said this was an extremely dangerous stunt and the men were lucky to escape injury. “The risk of injury or death is very high with this type of activity and it was an extremely reckless and dangerous stunt. The Queensland…

Two Ships Break Down Off Australia

Two ships have broken down in Australian waters on Wednesday, with the larger of the two being buffeted by treacherous conditions in Bass Strait. The 44,000 deadweight ton container ship Maersk Tacoma lost power in heavy seas in Bass Strait and a tow vessel was on its way. "The Maersk Tacoma is drifting in Bass Strait in atrocious weather," a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The ship was about 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Wilson's Promontory in Victoria state and drifting towards the Kent group of islands in 55 knot winds and three to four meter seas, the spokesman said. The tow vessel would reach the ship later on Wednesday, he said. An official with Maersk Australia said the stricken vessel was carrying general container cargo.

AMSA Check 'Sam Simon' After Whaling Protests

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

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.

Latest on Ice-bound Antarctic Passenger Ship

Akademik Shokalskiy: Photo courtesy of the owners

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) vessel 'Aurora Australis' is continuing to make its way to the Russian vessel beset by ice approximately 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart, reports the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA). The Aurora Australis, which was tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) to assist the MV Akademic Shokalskiy, is currently located about 11 nautical miles from the Russian vessel in the ice field.

Pariah Containership Detained in NZ

The troubled German-owned, Liberia-flagged containership 'Vega Auriga', which was last week banned by Australia from entering its ports for three months, has now arrived in New Zealand, where it has been detained, informs ITF Seafarers. The ship – described by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as a "repeat offender" for breaches of seafarer welfare and ship maintenance – was detained in Tauranga after Maritime New Zealand found 14 deficiencies, with 11 to be rectified before it can leave. However, the Filipino crew have now received some of their back pay due; ITF inspector Grahame McLaren reports that they have received their June and July wages, although pay for August was still outstanding.

Hong Kong Shipowner Issues Funds to Detained Vessel

Image: Hong Kong Shipowners Association

The owners of Five Stars Fujian have at last paid for much-needed supplies to the Hong Kong vessel, which has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority since August 12, reports local media. The Five Stars Fujian has been detained off the port of Gladstone in  by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after inspectors found the company had breached the Maritime Labour Convention over the insufficient food and unpaid wages for the Chinese crew. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper reported earlier this week that the capsesize class coal carrier…

AMSA Coordinates Search and Rescue North of Ashmore Island

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a media release stating that it coordinated the rescue of 77 persons from waters north of Ashmore Island after their vessel broke up. The individuals are being transported to Christmas Island. “The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has coordinated the search and rescue of 77 people following after their vessel broke up 60 nautical miles north of Ashmore Island. At approximately 3 p.m. AEDT on Wednesday, a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 aircraft was conducting routine patrol in the area when it sighted what appeared to be a broken up vessel with a number of people in the vicinity in the water.

Indian Bulk Carrier Refloated

An Indian-registered vessel that ran aground west of Melbourne in stormy weather last weekend was refloated on Wednesday, Australian maritime officials said. The 50,000 ton bulk carrier Devprayag had about 1,000 tons of fuel oil on board when it ran aground on a sandbar off Portland on Saturday. "The hull hasn't been breached, so there was no pollution," said a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. "It came off (the sandbar) very easily this morning." The authority said in a statement the vessel had been taken into port for a hull inspection. It was due to sail to Geelong to load grain later this week.

Bulk Carrier Detained In Australia

The French-registered bulk carrier Mirande is expected to remain under detention until Monday as Australian maritime authorities conduct seaworthiness checks on the ship that was refloated on Friday after running aground. "We've had divers inspect the hull, and we have surveyors still on board, but there are still problems with the steering gear and it's still detained," David Gray, spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. The fully laden 18,600-ton Mirande was carrying grain from Geelong to Taiwan when it went aground on mud in Melbourne's Port Philip Bay on Thursday after reporting steering problems. The vessel with a crew of 18 was refloated late on Friday.

Lloyd's Receives Authority From AMSA

Lloyd's Register has been given authority from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to certify materials and equipment for use on ships registered by the Australian Administration. This authority encompasses fire fighting equipment and structural fire protection components, lifesaving appliances, navigation and Marpol equipment. Lloyd's also stated that now is the time for shipowners to address NOx testing. Once Regulation 13 and Regulation 16 of Marpol 73/78 Annex VI come into force, diesel engines and incinerators on ships built after January 1, 2000, will have to comply with NOx emission standards. Per these requirements…

ACR EPIRBs Selected by AMSA

U.S.-based ACR Electronics, Inc. hundred SATELLITE2 406 and GlobalFix ACR EPIRB models. the protection of the marine environment. Water Police will make the EPIRBs available to local citizens. Brisbane. be directed to agencies that include Water Police, Customs and Coast Watch.

Search and Rescue of Ice-trapped Passenger Vessel Underway

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating a search and rescue for a Russian passenger ship beset by ice approximately 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia (RCC Australia) was contacted by the Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in the United Kingdom on Christmas morning. The Falmouth MRCC received a distress message via satellite from a Russian flagged vessel, MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people about 7:20 a.m. (AEDT). The ship is in the Australian Search and Rescue region, 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D’Urville. RCC Australia assumed coordination of the incident and issued a broadcast to icebreaking vessels in the area.

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 be required to respond at short notice to perform first-strike emergency towage services in the event of shipping incidents or casualties. A harbour-tug provider in each of the ten regions around Australia may be contracted to maintain that capability.

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