News 26 Jul, 2011

Australia - Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Industry Passage Plan

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published an Industry Passage Plan covering the mandatory coastal pilotage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait.

The publication contains standard passage plans through the compulsory pilotage areas, including waypoints and courses. It is envisaged that vessels will take account of such details when planning a passage via the Great Barrier Reef or Torres Strait and plot the waypoints and courses on their charts or enter them into their electronic chart systems. If, after boarding a vessel, the pilot finds that the Industry Passage Plan has been adopted, only minor adjustments to the plan may be required depending on operational conditions.

The publication also contains guidance and information on:

  • Routes and draught restrictions
  • Mandatory reporting requirements (REEFVTS)
  • Charts that should be carried
  • Equipment requirements
  • Pilot ladders and boarding arrangements
  • Master/Pilot information exchange
  • Pilot Card
  • Pilotage guidance
  • Bridge resource management
  • Coastal pilotage risk management

Although compliance is not obligatory, AMSA encourages all Masters that are due to transit any of the compulsory pilotage areas in the Great Barrier Reef and/or Torres Strait to consider the recommendations when preparing their passage plans. The publication may also be kept on the bridge for reference, and for discussion during the Master/Pilot information exchange.

The Industry Passage Plan will not be corrected by Notices to Mariners; it will be updated and re-issued as required.

Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.