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Australian shipping at a glance

Australian shipping at a glance infographic 1 The infographic shows that Australia is the second largest exporter of aluminium ores, and the third largest exporter of copper and zinc ores; the leading exporter of iron ore, coal and unwrought lead. The size of container ships has almost doubled, and bulk carriers have increased in size by more than 50% over the last 20 years. 5981 foreign-flagged ships made 28,584 calls to Australian ports in 2019. There has been a 20% increase in port calls over the past six years in the Great Barrier Reef region. 10% of the world's sea trade passes through Australian ports, and almost 80% (by value) of Australia's imports and exports are carried by sea. Australia is the fifth largest user of shipping services in the world.
Australian shipping at a glance infographic 2 The infographic shows that during the reporting period there were almost 1.4 million AMSA website sessions (multiple page views by a single user) and almost 4 million AMSA website visits; the most viewed page was the National Standard for Domestic Commercial Vessels. AMSA has 93,640 social media followers (twitter, facebook, instragram); our information reached more than 7.7 million people, we delivered more than 14000 messages, and our audience watched 789,303 minutes of videos. AMSA had more than 174,000 total customer interactions (phone, website, or face-to-face). Of these, 58% related to domestic commercial vessels and qualifications; 22% related to beacons; general enquiries made up 11% of the total; and 9% related to international qualifications. There are 22,000 domestic commercial vessels in the domestic fleet and 66,000 domestic seafarers. The median time for a search and rescue asset to be on-scene was 94 minutes during the day, and 123 minutes at night. AMSA received 7806 alerts, and responded to 390 incidents in the reporting year. 199 lives were saved.