Due to the uncertainty that has been caused by COVID-19, AMSA informed that it is extending the duration of some certificates.
AMSA put in place a temporary procedure so that holders of international (STCW) certificates of competency may revalidate and continue to work.
AMSA issued a safety alert aims to raise awareness on the risks posed by dangerous marine fauna. Australian waters contain a range of dangerous fauna that secrete toxins, inject venom, release or contain poison, harbour dangerous bacteria, give electric shocks or just have sharp teeth. Some can become aggressive once disturbed.
AMSA has circulated a sticker aiming to urge crews and passengers onboard ships to responsibly separate their garbage onboard so that each type of waste can be recycled or disposed of appropriately onshore.
AMSA informs that travel restrictions and quarantine measures which have been implemented worldwide to help limit the spread of COVID-19 are beginning to impact seafarer working conditions.
Fatigue has been a much discussed issue linked to the nature of seafaring, which can have serious consequences not only for the safety and health of seafarers, but even operational safety and the marine environment. In this regard, AMSA issued guidelines to address fatigue for Australian and foreign flagged vessels.
Since December 2016, AMSA has conducted 113 compliance checks on 53 cruise ships, noting 100% compliance. These compliance checks indicate that less than 10% of cruise ships are utilizing the option of fitting scrubbers with the majority using low sulphur fuel.
In response to recent fatal and serious incidents involving missing passengers, AMSA has clarified and strengthened requirements for monitoring and counting passengers and managing missing passenger situations, in order to improve overall passenger safety.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority reports that in January they received 52 incidents involving domestic commercial vessels, out of which 11 were serious. The Authority highlights that reporting incidents is a crucial part in guiding the way they improve maritime safety in Australian waters.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority recently announced its collaboration with the industry education which aims to advance the safety of commercial fishing operations at the Far North Queensland’s remote areas.
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