According to Australian Maritime Safety Authority, bulk carriers and tankers are sailing through the Strait of Torres, using AMSA’s Under Keel Clearance Management (UKMC) system, achieving a maximum draught up to 12.5 metres.
The 2019/20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season has arrived, as Gard Club informs, and ships arriving in New Zealand and Australia from countries with established stink bug populations must prepare for increased surveillance and inspection. Last season, New Zealand turned away four contaminated vessels from its waters.
Australian mining operations have suffered some disruption after two cyclones hit the country over the weekend, mining giants Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Fortescue Metals informed. Meanwhile, key iron ore ports remained closed, but Pilbara Ports Authority said it has re-opened the Ports of Hedland and Ashburton on 26 March.
In its Australian ports update in view of the monsoon, ship agency GAC informed that berthing is currently suspended at Abbot Point Coal Terminal until further notice and there are no vessels alongside. There are currently 21 vessels at anchor.
Australian’s Pilbara Ports Authority has cleared major Port of Rio Tinto as part of cyclone operations. The Authority addressed that ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland were under preparations for tropical cyclone ‘Riley’, which was offshore of northern Western Australia.
In recognition of the critical, ongoing and dependent relationship between eligible assistance dogs and their handlers, Australia has established a process to allow eligible assistance dogs to travel with their handlers on cruise vessels between Australian ports where the vessel is under biosecurity control.
Tests conducted in Australia in 2017 indicate that the EVDS was not recognisable as a distress alert when seen. This reinforces that EVDS devices should not be used instead of a pyrotechnic flare. AMSA reminds that distress signals carried should comply with either the SOLAS or the Australian standard.
In order to keep the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of the country, Australia tightened their surveillance of vessels arriving from the US, Japan and some European countries between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019, Gard P&I Club informs. This is an agricultural pest that feeds on, and can damage fruit and vegetable crops.
The Gard P&I Club issued an alert drawing attention on Asian Gypsy Moth, the destructive forest pest spread via ocean-going vessels in international trade, highlighting that Australia has heightened vessel surveillance for AGM and in New Zealand is introducing new AGM requirements from 1 February 2018.
The Port of Broome in Western Australia released a marine notice, announcing that the port will close to shipping from 15.30 local time, on 10 January 2018, until further notice, as a cyclone is anticipated to impact the country over the next 24 hours.
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