AMSA continues to collaborate effectively with our international partners to improve the quality, safety and environmental performance of shipping in our region. During 2019–20 we successfully completed a number of projects under the Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Program (ITSAP) and with the Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA).
Through technical cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Transport and Directorate General of Sea Transportation the recently established Solid Bulk Cargo Testing and Training Facility and the Ship Safety Inspection Centre of Excellence continue to address international maritime solid bulk cargo (IMSBC), port State control issues and develop legislation to better manage and enforce international standards.
Key outcomes for our engagement with Papua New Guinea included a comprehensive review of their domestic maritime legislation to ensure it fully reflects the requirements of international maritime conventions. Upskilling port State control ship inspection officers under AMSA’s annual Maritime Professional Development Program also remained a focus.
AMSA is the permanent secretariat for the Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) forum. The forum, originally scheduled to be hosted by Transport Canada in May 2020, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AMSA continues to focus its efforts on positioning APHoMSA as a modern, progressive forum that can continue to bring together senior maritime officials to represent the regions interests of promoting safe, secure shipping and a clean marine environment.
We have also refined our technical cooperation strategy to ensure our capacity building programs remain consistent with national and regional priorities and that the programs continue to address the needs of our regional partners.
Australia worked closely with Maritime New Zealand and Pacific Island states on IMO reform, technical cooperation, and regulation to improve ship safety, marine environment protection and search and rescue outcomes in our region.