Australia

Australian company launches VLSFO in compliance with IMO 2020

Viva Energy Australia is now in line with IMO’s regulation on sulphur fuel oil, as it launched its new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), after successful trials by customers which will be available in Melbourne and Geelong from October 2019.

Australia invests A$329 million to transform Blue Economy

The Australian government announced launch of the largest ever Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking economic, environmental and technological benefits for a Blue Economy. 

Australia reveals national plan for maritime environmental emergencies

Australia depends heavily on shipping to transport its exports and imports. The country now published the National Plan, which deals with other aspects of maritime emergency response such as search and rescue, saving of life at sea, and caring for survivors brought to shore.

Australia plans to block shark drumlines photography

Australia’s government of Queensland is set to implement legislation to criminalise close proximity to shark control equipment, to prevent any photography of lethal drumlines and shark nets. The news comes after a photo release of a baby humpback whale caught in a shark net on the Gold Coast on 5 October.

Watch: Australia boosts fishing with largest artificial reef

Australia has developed its first artificial reef in the Exmouth Gulf, the latest purpose built artificial reef habitat in the Western part of the country. The $1 million Exmouth Integrated Artificial Reef is a unique project aiming to enhance marine habitat and recreational fishing opportunities in the region.

10,480 sharks killed on Great Barrier Reef drumlines since 2001

Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society released footage depicting how sharks are killed as a result from Queensland’s Shark Control Program in the Great Barrier Reef. Both organisations call for an end to the use of lethal drumlines in the World Heritage-listed waters.

Watch: Underwater reef protector tested for Great Barrier Reef

An underwater drone that can keep watch on reef health and accurately identify and inject the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish is ready to be put to the test on the Great Barrier Reef, as a result of a collaboration between QUT, Google and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Australia to ban transshipment in Great Barrier Reef

In a bid to protect the Great Barrier Reef and the tens of thousands of jobs that rely on the Reef, Australia’s Palaszczuk Government has announced a new policy prohibiting the transshipping within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

New research explores the affects of anchoring in the seafloor

The University of Wollongong will collaborate with NSW Ports to examining how deep-water anchors affect seabed ecosystems. This project aims to benefit marine life not only in the waters off Port Kembla but at ports around Australia and worldwide. Initial investigations discovered large areas of rocky reef.

NSW Ports to launch environmental incentive for ships

NSW Ports will apply an environmental incentive to vessel related charges imposes at Port Botany and Port Kembla. This initiative aims to reward higher standards of environmental performance in NSW ports. NSW Ports will most probably start from 1 January 2019. The incentive aligns with international approaches.

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