Maritime Safety Queensland has advised that:
Face to face training will take place from the QSHIP support team to the agents and service providers in the first two weeks of June for the rollout of the upgraded version of QSHIPS on 18 June 2014.
During this training, it will be emphasised to agents that they are obligated to ask the master of a ship whether there are any ship defects before the agent makes that declaration in the defect module of QSHIPS when entering the ship’s movement into the programme.
VTS and pilots are to positively exchange vessel defect information during the initial VHF reporting, prior to commencing entry or departure.
VTS and BMP documented procedures (Port Procedures Manual, VTS Standard Operating Procedures and BMP Safety Management System) are being amended to fully reflect the requirement to positively exchange ship defect information during VHF reporting.
The master, owner and agents of the HC RUBINA were reminded of their statutory obligations to report a ship’s defects prior to a ship’s arrival at, or departure from a pilotage area. Section 181 of the Transport Operations Marine Safety Regulations 2004 refers to that report being made in the approved form. That obligation is met by accurately completing the mandatory ship defect field when making a booking through QSHIPS.
The ongoing actions being taken by Asiaworld Shipping Service and Maritime Safety Queensland, in conjunction with Brisbane Marine Pilots, will better ensure that the information sourced is accurate and the downstream users will be better placed to use it as a base for a risk analysis.