Shipping lanes to protect the NW coast

Shipping lanes to protect the NW coast

An LNG tanker. Image courtesy of K-Line.

The Federal Government is creating of a network of shipping fairways off the north-west coast ofAustraliadesigned to improve the safe movement of ships in the area and protect the marine environment.

The new network of shipping fairways will reduce the risk of collision by directing large vessels such as bulk carriers and LNG ships into pre-defined routes to keep them clear of offshore infrastructure such as oil and gas rigs.

A collision in this area could potentially result in a loss of life and/or damage to the pristine marine environment.

The new shipping fairways are based on similar ship routing arrangements inAustraliaand overseas that have proven successful in reducing the risk of collision.

Vessels will begin to use the shipping fairways when electronic and paper navigational charts are progressively updated from August 2012 onwards.

For more information visit AMSA

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