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Taskforce gaining ground in war on wrecks

Magic Happens lifted

Rotting old vessels abandoned by their owners are being removed from our bays, rivers and creeks.

Over the 4 years leading up to September 2018, 86 derelict vessels had been removed from Queensland’s waterways by Maritime Safety Queensland. But there was plenty more work to be done.

So a parliamentary and industry taskforce, backed by a $20 million fighting fund, was established by the state government to remove abandoned vessels from Queensland’s waterways.

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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