Marine safety issues and actions

Contingency planning

Issue number: MO-2015-007-SI-02
Who it affects: All ships entering and departing Townsville under pilotage
Issue owner: Port of Townsville Limited Pilotage Services
Operation affected: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 323-MO-2015-007
Date: 19 February 2019

Safety issue description

The Port of Townsville Limited Pilotage Services’ Pilotage Service Safety Management System did not have documented guidance on berthing manoeuvres nor any associated contingencies.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) and the POTL Pilotage Services
Action number: MO-2017-001-NSA-014
Date: 08 September 2017
Action status: Closed

The POTL and the POTL Pilotage Services have completed a review of and subsequently updated their safety management system (SMS). The SMS now consists of six parts, including Standard Operating Procedures, Townsville Port Operations and Emergency Management Procedures amongst others. The SMS now includes guidance for berthing manoeuvres and contingency plans in emergency situations for inbound and outbound ships with and without tug assistance.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The actions taken by the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) and the POTL Pilotage Services have detailed berthing manoeuvres and identified emergency situations providing contingency guidance to the pilots.

Last update 19 February 2019