THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority has issued the latest Queensland Coastal Passage Plan, a document that prepares vessels for transit through the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait.

Funded by AMSA, the plan has been revised to include feedback the regulator received from the coastal pilots and pilotage providers.

According to AMSA, the QCPP 2019 is the result of collaborative work done during the past two years.

“All masters and coastal pilots transiting these areas should consider the information in the QCPP when preparing their passage plans,” AMSA stated.

“Vessel owners, charterers, and agents might also find the document useful in improving the readiness of ships by ensuring voyage plans, waypoints and other planning considerations have been completed in a standardised manner.”

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According to AMSA, the QCPP seeks to improve pre-pilotage communications between coastal pilotage providers, the vessels they service and coastal pilots.

The QCPP also aims to improve the readiness of ships transiting coastal pilotage areas within the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait by ensuring voyage plans, waypoints and other planning considerations have been completed.

The document can be viewed here.

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