Maritime Guardian between Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean
|January 2, 2011||Posted by Overseas Sharing Communication China under Dialogue||
Journalist: Betty Chen
Governed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990, The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) acts as the world leading provider of maritime safety, marine environment protection, and maritime and aviation search and rescue. During the 2008 past period, a total of 199 people were rescued responding to 6,690 incidents and coordinating 543 searches which makes her a real maritime guardian between Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. This time OSCC has the honor to take an interview with Mr. Mick Kinley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Australian Maritime Safety Authority to find more about the terrific works accomplished by this maritime guardian.
Journalist: Welcome to OSCC, would you give the readers a general introduction about AMSA and the relationship with China?
Mr. Mick Kinley: The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the national agency and Commonwealth Authority responsible for delivery safety. We always would like to save ships, we are keen to guide people to operate ships safely and we are very much keen to live with our partners in China since now we view it as a very much important long terms with China. We saw that it is very important to transport to China. We come to China with raw materials.
Journalist: Thank you for the explanation. And would you let us to know about your organization’s functions in this relationship?
Mr. Mick Kinley: We mainly have functions in the following three parts: seafarer and ship safety; environment protection; maritime and aviation search and rescue. We try every effort to minimize shipping and crew related incidents, impact of shipping on the environment; and the environmental impact if marine pollution incidents occur.
And we also try every effort to maximize people saved from maritime and aviation incidents.
Journalist: What are the methods for you to achieve the above mentioned functions?
Mr. Mick Kinley: We achieve our functions both depending on system managements and personnel education. For example, we have clearance management system in the Torres Strait. We identify and deter unseaworthy and substandard ships operating in Australian waters, assess the impact of an increasing level of shipping in environmentally sensitive areas and maximize technological advancements. We operate Australia’s Rescue Coordination Centre on a 24/7 basis.
And for personnel education, we provide a system of seafarer training & certification which is an internationally recognized training for search and rescue. We promote effective public awareness campaigns and the maritime safety culture.
Journalist: So what services can people make use of your functions?
Mr. Mick Kinley: You can use our services in many ways. For your Emergency in 24 hours you can just contact our Rescue Coordination Centre – Australia. Australia has a world renowned search and rescue service that spans the nation and covers 52.8 million square kilometers of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans. The RCC initiates responses within a median time of 30 minutes.
You can also Shipping Registration. The Australian Shipping Registration Office was established in 1982 under the provisions of the Shipping Registration Act 1981 . Since the formation of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in 1991, the office has been a part of the Authority.
And you can receive personnel education of maritime qualifications for all crew members on Australian ships operating under the Navigation Act 1912 , and to regulate their issue to standards meeting the needs of the Australian Shipping Industry and Australia’s obligations under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers, 1978 as amended (STCW95).
Journalist: How is the recent development of AMSA?
Mr. Mick Kinley: We make development in an ethical and responsible manner. For example, recently we made statements on the cleaning up response, calls for better maritime pollution compensation and new counter piracy guidelines issues.
Recently the Australian Government has published new guidelines outlining measures that shipping operators and seafarers should take in order to detect, deter and prevent piracy and robbery at sea.
The Guidelines, for example, recommend:
Masters should prepare anti-piracy training practices and procedures that ensure that the ship’s crew have a good working knowledge and understanding of the basic security measures and requirements for preventing or delaying unauthorized access to the ship whilst at sea, at anchor or alongside a port berth.
Masters should prepare an emergency communication plan, to include all essential emergency contact numbers and pre-prepared messages. Such communication plans should be readily at hand or permanently displayed near the communications console on the ships bridge for instant reference in any piracy or robbery at sea related incident.
The new Guidelines complement other anti-piracy measures the Government has taken, including:
Co-sponsoring a resolution at the United Nations to strengthen international efforts to fight piracy;
Deploying two Anzac-class frigates and an AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft as part of international efforts to deter piracy in the Gulf of Aden;
Providing two enforcement experts to the United Nations Office of Drugs and
Crime Counter Piracy Program in Nairobi to assisting Kenyan authorities process apprehended piracy suspects.
Journalist: Thank you for all the above professional presentation. And we can also notice that government is acting both domestically and internationally to protect Australia’s world-renowned natural beauty and pristine coastlines. Why are you working so hard?
Mr. Mick Kinley: The Australian economy is particularly reliant on the global maritime industry, with 99 per cent of our exports transported by sea. That’s why the Government is acting to make sure an appropriate framework is in place to safeguard our maritime industry and the many Australians who travel through international waters every year.
Journalist: We would like to delivery our appreciation again for your sharing with our readers both in China and abroad about ASMA. Wish ASMA achieve more developments in the future world.
Mr. Mick Kinley: Thank you! We also expect advanced cooperation with China maritime industry in the future!