AMSA Update—November 2021

AMSA Update

In this edition

Have your say: lifejacket wear requirements on domestic commercial vessels

We are taking action to improve safety by proposing to make it mandatory to wear a lifejacket on certain domestic commercial vessels. Since July 2013, 44 people on domestic commercial vessels have fallen overboard and drowned. 

We want to know what you think about three possible options we have developed to achieve this outcome. Learn more and have your say until 17 December 2021. 

Out now! Monthly safety lessons 

We are launching the first ever safety lessons learned as the result of a marine incident investigation report. Every month we will be sharing an overview of a domestic commercial vessel incident investigation and the safety lesson you can learn to prevent a similar incident occurring on board your vessel. Read more

October 2021 incidents

There were 71 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in September 2021. Of these, 14 were serious. Read the full report.

AMSA Response Centre recognised as Emergency Service Facility 

Our Response Centre – which operates a national search and rescue service for the Australian maritime and aviation sectors – has been officially recognised as a Commonwealth Emergency Service Facility. Find out more.

2022 Vessel Traffic Services award opens for nominations

Nominations are now open for the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) award, which recognises the outstanding contribution by a VTS during 2021.  

The winner will be a VTS or an employee/s of a VTS that has exceeded expectations to make a big difference to the safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation, and/or the protection of the marine environment. Read more and nominate online today. 

National roll-out of new body worn cameras continues

The new body worn cameras for AMSA frontline staff will be operational nationally by February 2022. The roll-out has been extended into the new year to minimise end of year disruption. 

The innovative and safety focused technology will ensure greater transparency and protection for both AMSA inspectors and the maritime industry. Find out more. 

Increased maximum draught for container vessels through Torres Strait  

The maximum draught for container vessel transits of Torres Strait has increased to 12.5m, limited to certain tidal windows. The increase came into effect on 1 November and follows trials conducted since 2018. Read more

Wide range of wellness resources to download and share   

A reminder about the extensive range of free resources from videos to podcasts and posters available through our ‘Wellness at sea’ campaign web pages for crews, families and shore staff. 
Seafarer welfare is key to ensuring continued safety outcomes at sea and AMSA is proud to partner with the Sailors' Society to deliver this vital wellbeing initiative. More information and download resources.

Women in the Australian seafood industry 

Women in Seafood Australasia want to hear from everyone who is involved in the Australian seafood industry. The survey seeks to find out about the women who work in the Australian seafood industry - the roles women play, who the women are, their job conditions and some of the challenges faced. It only takes 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey. 

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