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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
    *Singapore, Singapore – Autonomous System Experiments off Tuas Bay
    *Australia, all ports – AMSA & CSIRO join forces to improve maritime incident response.

DATE: December 18, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore – Autonomous System Experiments off Tuas Bay

Autonomous system experiments will be carried out off Tuas Bay from 22 December 2013 to 7 January 2013.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.181 of 2012, the works will be conducted from 0800 to 1800 hours daily, within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01° 17.428’N / 103° 38.837’E
2) 01° 17.467’N / 103° 38.908’E
3) 01° 17.325’N / 103° 38.986’E
4) 01° 17.285’N / 103° 38.915’E

The experiments and collection of data will be carried out by deploying autonomous underwater vehicles in the working area.
During the experiments, the autonomous underwater vehicles  will be closely followed by the safety boats.
Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and  night signals.
When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF channel   22 (Jurong Control);
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF 22 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at Singapore@gac.com

DATE: December 18, 2012 -COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports -AMSA & CSIRO join forces to improve maritime incident response

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and CSIRO [Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation] are joining forces to tackle major maritime pollution incidents.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding, ASMA will draw on the scientific knowledge and technical support of CSIRO before, during and after a maritime environmental incident, such as an oil spill, to help understand the impact of pollution on the surrounding marine environment.

The CSIRO/AMSA Scientific Support Agreement was developed following recommendations of the recently completed Review of the National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and the Montara Commission of Enquiry.

CSIRO’s significant expertise and experience in maritime and marine science will serve AMSA’s need for immediate advice during an incident response to ensure timely decisions can be made that help minimise impact, and monitor Australia’s marine environment against oil spills, pollution or damage from a vessel collision or grounding….

….The types of projects CSIRO may undertake for AMSA include preparedness planning, including drawing on CSIRO biodiversity and natural resources knowledge; incident support, including providing direct advice to the incident response team during an incident; long ]term impact assessments following incidents and research projects which can increase incident response efficiency….

….AMSA has commenced the implementation of recommendations identified in the 10 ]year review of the National Plan and National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements (NMERA), including an upgrade of the nation’s oil spill response equipment stockpiles which is currently being rolled out around the country.

CSIRO has a strong record of providing scientific input during maritime incidents and a rich knowledge base from which to advise on the likely impacts and to design environmental monitoring strategies….
(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)
Source: Extracts from Joint Media Release issued by AMSA and CSIRO dated 18 December 2012

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