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Encyclopedia > Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible, on behalf of the Commonwealth Government of Australia, for the regulation and safety oversight of Australia's shipping fleet and management of Australia's international maritime obligations. AMSA is funded largely through levies on the shipping industry. Headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation in Lambeth, adjacent to the east end of Lambeth Bridge Headquarters building taken from the west side of the Thames Headquartered in London, U.K., the International Maritime Organization (IMO) promotes cooperation among governments and the shipping industry to improve maritime safety and to... Shipping is the transport of cargo between seaports by ships, typically large steel vessels powered by diesel engines or steam turbine plants. ...

Marine safety activities by AMSA:

  1. the provision, operation and maintenance of a network of marine aids to navigation, for example, lighthouses;
  2. ensuring the seaworthiness and safe operation of Australian and foreign vessels in Australian waters;
  3. administering the certification of seafarers
  4. the provision of a maritime distress and safety communications network; and
  5. the operation of Australia's Rescue Coordination Centre and coordination of search and rescue operations for civilian aircraft and vessels in distress.

AMSA aims to protect the marine environment by: The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ...

  1. administering programs to prevent and respond to the threat of ship-sourced marine pollution; and
  2. managing Australia's National Plan to combat pollution of the sea by oil and other noxious and hazardous substances.

Ship Pollution is an abbreviated form of the Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973. ... Volunteers cleaning up the aftermath of the Prestige oil spill An oil spill is the release of oil (generally, petroleum) into the natural environment, usually the ocean. ...

External links

  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority website



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