The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has advised the ATSB that, while Port State Control procedures cover the Cargo Securing Manual and the verification of its use on board, AMSA also implemented its own specific cargo securing inspection regime.
Since March 2009, AMSA has conducted in excess of 300 cargo securing inspections. In addition to the above, AMSA conducted a focused inspection campaign on cargo securing arrangements from February to May 2010. Finally, AMSA continues to provide their marine surveyors with specialised dangerous goods and IMDG Code training and has extended surveyor training to cover the issue of cargo securing.
The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority adequately addresses this safety issue.