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Ship vetting guideline for bulk carriers moving through the Great Barrier Reef

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) has a 2020 target that shipping within the Great Barrier Reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as is possible.

Action item MTR EBA1 of the Reef 2050 Plan requires the 'maritime industry to adopt ship vetting practices for bulk carriers to ensure they meet high safety standards. Vetting practices should take into account the quality of the ship, competence of the crew, ship emissions and general protection of the marine environment considerations'.

To assist industry in achieving this goal, Maritime Safety Queensland is developing a guideline for vetting bulk carriers traversing the Reef or calling at a terminal. A draft position paper informing the guideline was released earlier this year for review and comment. Maritime Safety Queensland is currently reviewing and assessing the feedback provided.

Following consultation, it is intended a concise guideline will be distributed to key industry stakeholders to encourage their consideration and implementation.

Last updated
24 July 2020