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Sunday, July 15, 2018

COMPULSORY PILOTAGE ON BARRIER REEF

Following the grounding of a container ship on the Great Barrier Reef last year, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken action regarding vessels transiting three areas of the reef: the Whitsunday Islands' region, an area from Cape York to just north of Cairns, and the inner route of Hydrographers Passage. Ships greater than 70 metres in length or ships carrying oil, chemicals or liquefied gas cargoes will be required to take a pilot in these areas.

The maximum fines for either pollution from shipping or environmental damage due to negligent operation have been raised to AUD 1.1m for a corporation, and AUD 220,000 for an individual.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Federal Government are due to hand over a review of the shipping regulations in the reef area to The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority at the end of July.

For information, please contact Tim Wilkins e-mail tim.wilkins@intertanko.com