INFRASTRUCTURE minister Darren Chester has introduced into Parliament a bill to amend the Coastal Trading Act 2012, which he says will reduce red tape in the industry.
Key points of the bill include:
- Removing the five-voyage minimum requirement for issuing Temporary Licences;
- Streamlining the licensing process where no General Licence vessels are available;
- Streamlining the Temporary Licence variation process;
- Amending the voyage notification requirements and the tolerance limits on cargo volume and loading date variations.
The bill is also to broaden the coverage of the regime to allow for greater flexibility for ship operators by extending the geographical reach of the Act by amending the definition of ‘coastal trading to include voyages to and from other defined places in Australian waters such as offshore installations.
It will also extend the coverage of the Act to vessels undergoing dry-docking.
Mr Chester thanked the industry for the feedback received during the consultation process.
“The government will continue to work with industry to develop a sensible and sustainable approach to coastal shipping regulation going forward,” he said.