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Experts probe grounded coal carrier

Bulker grounds off Australia A coal carrier that ran aground off Gladstone in central Queensland last week is still anchored off the harbour.The Panamanian-registered ship became stuck on a mud bank in the main shipping channel on Friday afternoon.Marine surveyors and divers have been inspecting the coal carrier.A spokesman from Marine Safety Queensland says it is waiting on Federal Government approvals before the ship is moved.The Australian Marine Safety Authority and Australian Transport Safety Bureau are compiling reports into the incident.Source: ABC News

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AMSA Emergency Towage Vessel Recovers Large Drifting Net

Two large drifting nets recovered On 15 April a Coastwatch aircraft reported a large fishing net drifting to the west of Torres Strait, inside the Australian EEZ. A Customs Bay Class vessel attended the scene, however on inspection they found that there were two nets, both of which were far too large for them to recover.The nets contained a large number of turtles and sharks. Border Protection Command requested assistance from RCC Australia to recover the nets due to the potential risk posed to ships navigating the western approaches to Torres Strait. (Last month a large vessel was disabled in Torres Strait with propeller damage due to net entanglement.)AMSA tasked the Emergency Towage Vessel Pacific Responder to recover the nets and the crew spent two full days on the task.The nets had a combined length of 7 nautical miles (approx 13km). Marine life found in the net by the crew numbered 312 fish including whaler & hammerhead sharks, spotted, shark and Spanish mackerel, barracuda, tuna and sailfish. 3 Stokes sea snakes and 4 turtles were also caught up in the net (two of which we were able to be released).The nets were delivered to Weipa where they were received by ...

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Australia medical examinations for Australian seafarers

Changes to the administration of medical examinations The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice advising Australian seafarers, coastal pilots, and other stakeholders of changes to the administration of medical examinations leading to the issue of a Certificate of Medical Fitness.Commencing on 1 June, the administration of all AMSA medical examinations leading to the issue of a Certificate of Medical Fitness, including the booking of an appointment, will be administered by Health Services Australia.To view the Notice please click hereSource: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

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Metal Sulphide Concentrates UN 3077

Environmentally Hazardous Substances A recent submission by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to the IMO has highlighted that some metal sulphide concentrates can be classified as Environmentally Hazardous Substances (EHS) UN 3077 under the IMDG code, and that such classification is missing from the IMSBC Code at present.AMSA have issued an M-Notice explaining their position on such cargoes.Unfortunately Members have experienced difficulties in gaining approval for the carriage of cargoes described as UN3077. UN3077 cargoes will not be listed on the document of compliance due to their absence from the IMSBC Code.Despite the attached M-Notice appearing to suggest that carriage as per the nearest IMSBC Code schedule should be sufficient in the interim, approval for carriage from authorities has proved difficult to obtain.Significant delays to the vessel can occur whilst approval is sought from the authorities locally, those of the flag state and those at the port of discharge. Additionally, the authorities may not all see the situation in the same light which has the potential for further lengthy delays to occur.Members should check in advance with charterers which cargoes they intend for the vessel if directed to Australian ports. If the cargo is to be declared UN3077 then ...

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