AUSMEPA’s electronic ‘Seafarers Refresher Educational Training Package’
AUSMEPA has the aim of informing and assisting the officers and crew of its member-vessels and other vessels transiting Australian waters.
AUSMEPA is now providing its member-companies and others with the Association's latest electronic publication titled "A Refresher Training Guide for Seafarers on Ships in Australian Waters". This has been produced in collaboration with AMSA (the Australian Maritime Safety Authority) and HELMEPA (the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association).
Australian waters cover an area of approximately 14 million square kilometers and feature a wide variety of climatic, oceanographic and geographical characteristics. They hold a rare biodiversity of terrestrial and marine species, together with the world's largest "living organism" – The Great Barrier Reef, our natural wonder that has been evolving for more than one million years. The Great Barrier Reef must be navigated safely with respect and care, given that the Australia depends on the shipping industry for the transportation of approximately one billion tonnes of raw materials and products each year both imports and exports through our ports.
Besides the requirements of IMO, the Guide is also comprised of the national Australian legislative and MARPOL requirements regarding ship tracking and reporting systems, navigation in the inner routes of the Great Barrier Reef, ballast water management, biofouling and the permissible draught of ships in Torres Strait.
AUSMEPA's intention is that the new Guide will also facilitate and assist all Seafarers transiting Australian waters, in their effective cooperation with AMSA for the promotion of the common goal of safe navigation and pollution prevention, especially in the sensitive marine areas of this vast continent.
AUSMEPA would like to thank Mr Gregoris Hadjieleftheriadis for his very generous donation towards this project.