Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Emergency towage capability

Emergency towage

The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies aims to protect the marine environment by providing a minimum level of emergency towage capability around Australia.

Emergency towage capability

The National Plan includes national arrangements for an emergency towage capability managed by AMSA.

This is supported by authorities who manage the risks within their respective jurisdictions.

It involves three levels of capability:

  • a dedicated emergency towage vessel operating in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait provided by the vessel Coral Knight, based in Cairns
  • contracted port towage around the other major Australian ports capable of undertaking open water towage operations
  • vessels of opportunity that can be directed or contracted to assist, when required.

Marine Notice 4/2016 reminds owners, masters and agents of ships of their responsibilities to report and resolve maritime incidents, and that costs incurred by AMSA during a maritime incident may be recovered from the vessel’s owners.

Map of Emergency Towage Capability

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