Marine safety issues and actions

Sea area off Gladstone not 'protected'

Issue number: MO-2010-003-SI-04
Who it affects: All masters, deck officers, pilots and VTS operators
Issue owner: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Transport function: Marine: Other
Background: Investigation Report 274-MO-2010-003
Issue release date: 14 April 2011
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

AMSA has considered the case for extending compulsory pilotage and REEFVTS and has stated to the minister that REEFVTS is the most viable option to improve safe navigation in the area of the GBR off Gladstone.

Safety issue description

At the time of the grounding, the protections afforded by some of the measures currently employed in the more northern sections of the GBR were not in place in the sea area off Gladstone.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2010-003-NSA-008
Action organisation: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Date: 14 April 2011
Action status: Closed
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has advised the ATSB that, following a review of the protection arrangements within the Great Barrier Reef, the coverage of REEFVTS will be extended to the southern boundary of the Particularly Sensitive Sea Area. This will include the sea area off Gladstone and implementation will be effective from 1 July 2011.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the proposed action taken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority adequately addresses this safety issue.
Last update 06 March 2014