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Monday, 23 September 2002
Page: 4698


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 25 June 2002:

For each of the past 5 financial years:

(1) How many collisions have occurred between ocean going vessels in Australian waters.

(2) How many deaths have resulted from collisions which have occurred between ocean going vessels in Australian waters.

(3) How many injuries have resulted from collisions which have occurred between ocean vessels in Australian waters.

(4) On how many occasions has rescue of persons on ocean going vessels within Australian waters occurred as a result of the use of the very high frequency channel 16.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) No collisions have occurred between ocean-going vessels in Australian waters in the past five financial years.

Year

Collisions Between Ocean-Going Vessels

1997/1998.

None

1998/1999.

None

1999/2000.

None

2000/2001.

None

2001/2002.

None

(2) No deaths have resulted from collisions between ocean-going vessels in Australian waters in the last 5 financial years.

(3) No serious injuries have resulted from collisions between ocean-going vessels in Australian waters in the last 5 financial years.

(4) The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority do not maintain statistics about the number of rescues resulting from the use of VHF Channel 16. AMSA has reviewed its incident data for 2000 and 2001 and found two records of ocean going merchant vessels making VHF calls for emergencies at sea that resulted in search and rescue activity.