Backgrounders

01 Jul 2021

As the 2021 IALA Heritage Lighthouse of the Year, Cape Byron is a special symbol of the outstanding heritage, architecture, social significance and conservation of lighthouses in Australia and around the world.

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05 May 2021

Australia takes a collaborative approach in responding to maritime environmental emergencies like oil spills and container losses from shipping. This approach is outlined under the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies, referred to simply as the ‘National Plan’. 

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05 May 2021

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the safe operation and mechanical standards of ships that carry livestock as cargo from Australian ports. These standards are made under the Navigation Act 2012 and contained in Marine Order 43 (Cargo and cargo handling – livestock) 2006.  

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05 May 2021

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) authorises licenses for coastal trading in Australian waters. These licenses allow foreign-flagged ships to operate domestic shipping services such as freight or passenger services, in Australian waters under specific conditions and for a fixed time only.

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05 May 2021

Crew changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging due to border closures, a lack of aviation services and quarantine arrangements around the world. 

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05 May 2021

AMSA provides a national aviation and maritime search and rescue coordination service for Australia through the AMSA Response Centre (ARC) which is based in Canberra. 

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