Media release

AMSA conducting marine environment low sulphur fuel oil study

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is conducting research throughout 2021 into how Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils (VLSFOs) behave if spilled into the Australian marine environment. 

The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies sets out national arrangements, policies and principles for the management of maritime environmental emergencies. 

20 Indonesian Fishermen rescued off Western Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has coordinated the safe rescue of 20 Indonesian fishermen aboard a semi-submerged 35 metre fishing vessel in distress, approximately 670 nautical miles west of Perth, Western Australian.

On 13 May, the Indonesia authorities notified the AMSA Response Centre that the vessel was in distress and required assistance. Early the next day, the Perth AMSA Challenger Jet conducted a sortie out to the vessel and dropped several life rafts. 

National Search and Rescue Awards open for nominations

The National Search and Rescue Council Australian Search and Rescue Awards are open for nominations.

The awards recognise outstanding contributions to search and rescue within the Australian region from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. Anyone can nominate another person or team of people for one of the prestigious National awards. 

There are three categories for the awards. Professional, non-professional, and long-standing contribution to the community: Australian Search and Rescue Awards - National Search and Rescue Council (

Tenderers sought for upcoming Port Hedland channel marker project

AMSA is looking for interested tenderers for an upcoming project at Port Hedland, Western Australia.


The successful tenderer will be tasked with replacing the above-water sections of the thirteen seaward Port Hedland aids to navigation (AtoN) channel markers.

This work is necessary due to the age of the upper structures, damage sustained in Tropical Cyclone Veronica in 2019 and due to the requirement to raise the light above the storm wave height and into alignment with the inshore beacons.