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AUSMEPA eNewsletter Winter 2015
AUSMEPA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD for 2015 ... NOW OPEN
The Award may be given to individuals, community groups, businesses and government agencies or departments. Nominations are sought on an annual basis from the maritime community as well as AUSMEPA members. Nominations should be submitted in hard copy to:
and also by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September each year.
See here for a previous winner, the Port of Townsville 2010-2011
PORT OF BRISBANE GO SILVER
As Executive Officer I am proud to announce that the Port of Brisbane is our most recent SILVER Sponsor. The Port recognises the importance of the health of the marine environment and the education work undertaken by AUSMEPA and the other MEPAs around the world.
In turn, the AUSMEPA Board are pleased to acknowledge the high quality of the Port of Brisbane and welcome their assistance toward our goals in raising awareness, education and action with mariners as well as schools, teachers, students and communities in the Brisbane region.
Occasionally we find teachers have spotted that odd typo that need to be corrected, send that along too.
TEACHERS KEEP A LOOKOUT:
KISS NEWS FLASH
You can find our easy to read items here.
DON'T KNOW WHERE IT GOES? FIND RECYCLING CENTRES NEAR YOU!
AMSA's LATEST REGULATIONS BRING GREATER PROTECTION FOR THE CORAL SEA
Government expands protection for the Coral Sea
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to the Australian Government's proposed extension of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) to protect the South West Coral Sea.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the adoption of the new PSSA will better protect this beautiful and unique oceanic region.
"The Coral Sea is one of the world's most distinctive and undisturbed marine ecosystems," Mr Truss said.
"It behoves us to do all we can to reasonably and responsibly protect one of our greatest natural resources.
"Our new measures enhance protection for the Coral Sea—as well as the adjacent Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area—by helping ships traverse the region safely and avoid potentially hazardous areas.
"This is a concrete example of the Australian Government taking the necessary steps to protect the Great Barrier Reef, implementing measures outlined in the North East Shipping Management Plan released in October 2014."
Designation as a PSSA helps to protect seas where significant ecological, socio-economic or scientific attributes may be vulnerable to damage by international shipping. The Great Barrier Reef was declared the world's first PSSA in 1990.
Three Associated Protective Measures will support the new PSSA, including a new Area to be Avoided and two supporting two-way routes. These measures will enhance ship safety by keeping traffic away from the many reefs, cays, islets, sandbars and shoal patches within the area. This reduces the risk of groundings and allows more time for intervention in developing situations, such as a ship suffering a mechanical breakdown.
The PSSA will come into effect once the Associated Protective Measures are adopted by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, expected in June. The APMs would come into effect six months later.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) represents Australia at the IMO to develop standards for ship safety, prevention of marine pollution from ships, search and rescue and maritime communications.
For more information on the new PSSA, AMSA has produced a 7:18 minute video detailing the proposal. Watch on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/KvEx6FDllJU
RESCUE AT SEA
The fishing boat was in distress and on fire. The crew had abandoned it for a life raft north west of Dampier, Western Australia, when the tanker, under instructions from RCC Australia, rescued 6 Japanese and 18 Indonesians on the boat.
AUSTRALIAN GRAINS INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Come and visit us at the Australian Grains Industry Conference here in Melbourne 27‐29th July 2015. AUSMEPA sponsors Holman Fenwick Willan have kindly donated some space in their exhibition booth. This way AUSMEPA will provide an opportunity to show our amazing array or resources and encourage new sponsorship opportunities to a different industry that relies on shipping and ports in Australia's prestigious waters.
QUEENSLAND BULK PORTS
North Queensland Bulk Ports have been supportive sponsors, from their annual Gold Sponsorship, to extra sponsorship dollars on various projects that have involved local schools in Hay Point & Bowen with our Calendar competition with the focus on Mangroves; to the Weipa area for our Junior Rangers Guidebook development and we thank them very much. This year they are focusing on Seagrass monitoring at the Port of Weipa. This video clip is highly recommended https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcH06kjEvCo
In December 2014 two of AUSMEPA's Ship Member sponsors, SMIT and PB Towage have joined to become SMIT Lamnalco. Smit Lamnalco is recognised as a world leader in marine services. They have the ability to expand and operate to the highest standards in challenging locations. They can make arrangements for specialised vessels to suit most marine services. The company is fully committed to maximizing the local content of our operations.
Ocean Whispers is the AUSMEPA blog for schools and seafarers and can be found here. The items are generally dedicated to keeping our environment healthy and draw on information within the organisation and from the wider world. A few recent articles are:
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