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Implementation of dedicated ship anchorages at Abbot Point

The protection of the Great Barrier Reef and its environmental, social and economic values is one of the Queensland Government’s most important objectives for the community. Ports and shipping play a critical role in developing regional industries and supporting local communities, as well as expanding the Queensland economy. Limiting the environmental footprint of shipping and maintaining equitable access to coastal waterways is one way that the government supports the local community and economy while also protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

In line with its safety and environmental objectives, Maritime Safety Queensland is considering a dedicated anchorage area for the Port of Abbot Point with a view to reduce the overall footprint of the seafloor affected by ship’s anchors.

A consultation paper has been prepared that provides details on the proposed anchorage. The design and use of the proposed anchorage have been developed based on feedback from a previous consultation in 2015.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with stakeholders to discuss the proposal if that would be of assistance. Contact details are included in the Consultation Paper. Feedback should be provided to consultation@msq.qld.gov.au by 28 February 2020.

Last updated
13 February 2020