Old Maritime Safety Laws to be Updated

An old maritime law is set to be traded in for updated safety laws and a new Australian agency to oversee shipping will be established according to new laws passed in the Senate this week.

Members of the coalition supported the package of legislation designed to regulate ship and seafarer safety, the shipboard factor concerning environmental protection and also employment rights.

The Navigation Act of 1912 will be replaced and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority will become the only shipping regulator in Australian waters a task that was previously undertaken by eight federal, state and territory supervisory bodies.

The bills that were passed in the Senate were The Navigation Bill 2012, the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012, plus two related bills, all of which now need to secure Royal Assent.


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