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  • 31/07/2019 09:45 AM

    International Maritime Organisation visits Port Authority of NSW - Newcastle.

    The United Nations agency comes to Newcastle to learn more about the benefits of Port Authority's Vessel Arrival System.

    Port Authority's vessel arrival system in Newcastle was the centre of international attention following a request by International Maritime Organisation Secretary General Katack Lim to see it in action.

    The system, which was introduced in Newcastle in 2010, is the first of its kind in the world, enhancing port safety, efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

    Group shotImage: The group enjoying their visit to Port Authority's Newcastle team

    The IMO was interested to see the arrival system in action as it uses a process similar to one being currently discussed at a global industry working group in Europe on ‘just in time delivery’. This is an example of our technology leading the way and it is good to see that we were able to share our knowledge on a global scale.

    The system was designed to better manage the arrival of vessels in Newcastle Harbour following the grounding of the Pasha Bulker in June 2007, which led to the investigation and review of the ship queue management processes.

    The system reduces the need for vessels to anchor early in a queue off the port, reducing the likelihood of safety incidents and improving port efficiency. The system provided for ships to adjust their transit speeds to Newcastle so as to optimize fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

    The Port Authority presented information about the Vessel Arrival System to Mr Lim along with City of Newcastle Councillor Cr Peta Winney Baartz, Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody, Australian Maritime Safety Association CEO Mick Kinley and Grant Gilfillan, CEO Port Authority of New South Wales, on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

    Image: Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary General being shown Newcastle Harbour

    The Vessel Arrival System was developed after detailed consultation with Australian Coal Shippers, local Coal Terminals, Japanese Shipping Companies, Japanese Power Utilities, Japanese Steel Mills, South Korean and Taiwanese shipping industries. The system was trialled in early 2010 and it was fully implemented in June 2010

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