Pilot fatigue concern in Australian grounding
Steve Bredhauer, the Queensland Minister for Transport outlined the basic circumstances of the grounding in a statement to Parliament this morning:
Meantime, a separate ABC report records that the Queensland Government has passed legislation that provides for the establishment of a new agency, "Maritime Safety Queensland", which will replace the Maritime Division of Queensland Transport.
Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer has told the Queensland Parliament the agency will manage existing commercial arrangements for port pilotage.
According to the ABC report, Bredhauer says that though the pilotage of ships in coastal waters falls under Federal Government jurisdiction, there is still a lot the State Government can do to protect the marine environment by ensuring "we have environmental protection in our coastal waters, but most importantly, in our port waters which are environmentally sensitive, to continue to deliver a cost-effective and efficient service to the shipping industry as the main user of port pilotage services."