AMSA Update—July 2021

AMSA Update

In this edition

What we are doing to support the maritime industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing health crisis, we continue to recognise the impact it is having on the maritime industry. 

If you work in the Australian Domestic Commercial Vessel (DCV) industry this page features some useful links and information about support services available during this time. It is also important you keep up to date with your local state and territory restrictions, as the situation can change quickly.

Wellness at Sea campaign launches

The Wellness at Sea campaign provides a wide range of resources to support the health and wellbeing of seafarers, their families, and shore staff through the dedicated campaign website.

AMSA is proud to partner with the Sailors’ Society to deliver this vital wellbeing initiative over the next six months. Read more.

Make sure you have your float-free EPIRB

There are no more excuses for not having a float-free EPIRB installed on certain types of domestic commercial vessels. If your vessel is required to have a float-free EPIRB and you are yet to install one, contact your local supplier now. Remember, all EPIRBs must be registered with AMSA. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find out more.

New arrangements for maritime casualties and pollution events 

AMSA has changed the way we respond to marine casualties and pollution events. Under the new arrangements, AMSA’s Response Centre is now the primary point of contact for all maritime casualty incidents. This change has been made as maritime casualties are often precursors to a marine pollution event and AMSA has a responsibility to combat pollution in the marine environment. Find out more. 

Ghost fishing

Ghost fishing is a term used for abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear and is one of the most harmful marine plastics in our oceans. Read more about how you can prevent ghost fishing in the marine environment.  

Tender safety – lifejackets

An adult can drown in just 60 seconds, or even less in cold water. Everyone on board your tender should be wearing a lifejacket.
Many types of lifejackets are available – choose the best fit and wear it. If your lifejacket is inflatable, get it serviced according to the manufacturer's instructions and regularly do self-servicing, pre-wear checks. If it won’t inflate it’s too late. Find out more.

June 2021 incidents

There were 57 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in June 2021. Of these, 19 were serious and 1 very serious. Read the full report

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