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AUSTRALIA is one of 26 countries on the Pacific Rim that work closely to promote safe, secure shipping and a clean marine environment within the Asia-Pacific region.

These countries, along with nine observer organisations – including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – form the Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) forum.

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APHoMSA has met annually since 1996 to discuss maritime issues of regional significance, including initiatives to strengthen regional cooperation; marine environment protection arrangements; emergency response; safe shipping; and to ensure seafarers’ living and working conditions meet international standards.

This week the Cook Islands is hosting the annual APHoMSA session.

A statement from AMSA said Australia looks forward to taking part in discussions on important issues shaping maritime in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

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