Objective 3Marine safety
- Refreshing time-honoured safety messages for greater appeal
- Vessel traffic services
- Implement new vessel traffic decision support tool
- Pilotage entity audit
- Marine Incidents
Refreshing time-honoured safety messages for greater appeal
Key marine safety messages have remained fairly standard reflecting both regulatory requirements and handy hints for the boating public. These messages range from information about safety equipment that is needed, general boating checklists, and a range of rules and regulations.
To make the best use of our available communication channels and existing platforms, we have produced the first set of short videos and animations which have been made available online. This means external marine related organisations and any of our safety partners are able to use these materials for their staff and clients at any time.
One of our animated videos talks about the international navigation rules of the sea. This video was uploaded to Facebook and was shared around the world, provoking great interaction from the public. We will continue to build on this catalogue of material in future years.
Vessel traffic services
Maritime Safety Queensland operates five vessel traffic centres that track, monitor and assist the safe movement of ships in Queensland ports. We also operate Reef Vessel Traffic System (ReefVTS ), which provides a similar service for the environmentally sensitive waters of the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Last year there were:
- over 18,000 ship movements in Queensland ports with only two minor incidents where the ships knocked over a channel beacon
- around 12,000 ship movements in the ReefVTS with all movements conducted safely and without a serious incident.
Implement new vessel traffic decision support tool
We have commenced a project to update the systems that provide Decision Support Tool (DST) for the vessel traffic centres to track and monitor vessel movements. The new DST will enhance our actions to protect the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environments, including the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
The DST solution will be a key enabler in meeting the government's Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan target that shipping within the reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as possible.
Pilotage entity audit
Annual audits of Responsible Pilotage Entities are conducted in November of each year.
The 2016 audit found there were no major non-compliances with the state's legislative and statutory requirements for safe port pilotage.
The audit process is a thorough investigation of all aspects of the operation of port pilotage services in Queensland.
Some opportunities for improvement were noted and have been acted upon. However, the greatest enhancement to the delivery of safe and reliable port pilotage services in Queensland has been the implementation, from 1 March 2017, of a Continual Professional Development Program for Queensland Port Pilots.
This learning and development scheme provides for the targeted training of pilots, based on identified individual needs and corporate and regulatory requirements, and has been endorsed by the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute.
In 2016–17, reported marine incidents in Queensland included 11 fatalities. This equated to 4.24 fatalities per 100,000 registered recreational vessels and is not significantly higher than the 10 year average of 3.46 fatalities per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. There were also 37 injuries resulting in hospital admissions. This equated to 14.27 hospital admissions per 10,000 registered recreational vessels and is significantly higher than the 10 year average of 11.02 hospital admissions per 100,000 registered vessels.