Trading ports take on pilotage
Queensland's major trading ports will have an enhanced focus on delivery and development and retain their high safety standards following the formal transfer of pilotage service delivery to the port corporations.
Management of the delivery of pilotage services previously provided by Maritime Safety Queensland in ports north of Brisbane has transferred to the individual government-owned port corporations.
Gladstone Ports Corporation, Far North Queensland Ports Corporation, Port of Townsville and North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation took control of ship pilotage services on 2 November.
Improvements to marine weather services
The Bureau of Meteorology is improving its weather services for boaters in Queensland from this October. This will include changes to coastal waters forecast zones, as well as new and improved forecasts and warning services.
Changes to the regulation of Queensland commercial vessels
The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (The National Law) applies to all 'domestic commercial vessels'. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the national regulator. Under this new national system, the Department of Transport and Main Roads provides a range of services on behalf of the AMSA.
Please note that some information on the Maritime Safety Queensland website may not be relevant to domestic commercial vessels from 1 July 2013. Check the AMSA's National System site for more details if you believe your operations may fall under the new national system.