The Australian Federal government has announced an additional $10 million in funding for the launch of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (National System) administered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) which began on 1 July this year.
With a myriad of emergent new technologies on the horizon of the maritime industry, such as autonomous vessels, it is vital that regulations are established to ensure the safety, security and efficiency of a new generation of ships.
Just as car companies are betting big that self-driving vehicles will change our roads, shipping companies are making a similar bet that automation will change how we move goods around the world.
Biological invasions are widespread throughout the world’s oceans, with many of these invasions occurring as a result of human-mediated mechanisms.
Marine vessels are largely responsible for facilitating the movement of aquatic pest species across bioregions, as small marine animals and plants easily attach to the submerged surfaces of a vessel, as it moves through the water.
The maritime industry is dominated by men, with only a small portion (~2%) of the marine workforce held by women.
A majority of women who do work in the industry tend to do so in the cruise and ferries sector – primarily taking on service roles, such as hotel staff, catering, kitchen duties, cleaning etc.
A new electronic monitoring system, called the Onboard e-Reporting app – developed to improve the accuracy of tuna catch data, reduce the occurrence of unreported and unregulated fish stock, and maintain safety of on-board observers – is being tested in the western and central Pacific Ocean.
Regulated Australian Vessels (RAV) and Domestic Commercial Vessels (DCV)
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In a controversial move by the Government, Australia is planning on allowing commercial fishing to take place across 80 percent of protect marine sanctuaries – extending its commercial activities so that it becomes one of the world’s largest marine-reserves network.
Local charter fishing guides in Tofino, a small district off Vancouver Island, have found a new way to improve ocean safety and improve wild salmon habitat, through the launch of a local West Coast Fishing Guide Association (WCFGA) chapter.
The chapter addresses community concerns about safe vessel maintenance and boating practices, includes updates to Transport Canada regulations, and takes a hands-on approach to local conservation of Clayoquot Sound, an area characterised by wild natural scenery.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is calling for ways to improve passenger vessel safety, in response to the fatal capsizing of the passenger vessel Leviathan II in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, back in October 2015. During the incident, passengers onboard the whale-watching vessel were approached by a large breaking wave, which capsized the vessel and threw all passengers and crew into the cold water without thermal protection or flotation aids. This resulted in the death of six passengers and the release of approximately 2000 litres of fuel leaked into the water.
A $25 million deep-sea timber port, which has been proposed for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island, is a cause of concern to a nearby abalone farm, for fear that its development could destroy the marine values of the area and deplete its entire abalone stock. Environmental reports, commissioned by Yumbah Aquaculture, indicate that high sediment loads created through construction and operation of the port present a huge long-term risk to the marine ecology of Smith Bay.