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Taskforce continues gaining ground in war on wrecks


The War on Wrecks Taskforce has been undertaking state-wide public consultation to help identify unseaworthy vessels that can be removed from our waterways and to understand and remedy the factors causing this growing problem. Public consultation sessions were held at Port Douglas, Yeppoon, Southport and Redlands.

By early January 2019, using the $20 million War on Wrecks fighting fund, 96 wrecks had been removed from Queensland waters, with action plans developed or contracts awarded to remove 225 more.

A database of an additional 252 confirmed wrecks has also been compiled.

The taskforce is consolidating themes gained from research and public consultation to present in its report to government. This short summary of discussions at the Southport public consultation meeting on 30 November 2018 provides an indication of suggestions being considered by the taskforce.

But the taskforce still needs and values your help to identify derelict vessels and your ideas for reducing the number of vessels that become unseaworthy in the future.

Read more about the war on wrecks.

Pollution legislation update

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) administers the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 (TOMPA 1995) and Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Regulation 2018 (TOMPR 2018).

This legislation gives effect to relevant provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL) to which Australia is a signatory. MARPOL is the main international convention for preventing ship-sourced pollution.

The regulation has been remade and the  majority of provisions from the previous regulation remain in place, with key changes including:

  • updates to align with MARPOL
  • amendments seeking consistency with international instruments and national legislation
  • amendments seeking to clarify existing regulatory requirements
  • amendments to streamline requirements and reduce the regulatory burden.

Read more about the amendments to the provisions (PDF, 67KB).

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