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Under Keel Clearance Management system required

Effective from January 1st, 2014 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will require the use of an Under Keel ClearanceManagement (UKCM) system for vessels transiting through the Torres Strait from 1 January 2014.The Torres Strait is a vital shipping route for the Asia-Pacific region and is traversed by a number oflarge vessels each week.The UKCM system allows vessel operators and coastal pilots to plan the safeand efficient passage of deep draught vessels through the Torres Strait with accurate vessel informationand environmental data from tide, stream, wind and wave sensors.The web based system is designed to monitor the depth of water under a ship's keel as it traverses theTorres Strait.AMSA Chief Executive Officer Graham Peachey said the aim of the system is to enhance shippingsafety in the Torres Strait by ensuring the minimum under keel clearance requirements are met."The UKCM system is a standardised system that provides an enhanced level of safety for vesselstransiting this unique area," Mr Peachey said."The Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system first become operational in Australian watersin December 2011 and since then, AMSA has been monitoring its use and operation."The system has been used successfully by a number of coastal pilots over the past two years ...

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