In response to the assistance that the commercial maritime sector provided during the recent bushfires, Maritime Industry Australia (MIAL) has announced that an “emergency response compendium” will be created for emergency response agencies to utilise.
“What we saw over the summer was the responsiveness of the commercial maritime sector in crisis situations,” said MIAL. “The vessels rendering bushfire support were well suited to the roles they undertook and the crews were able to be tasked at very short notice. The local civilian maritime industry proved itself to be flexible, nimble, professional and highly capable.”
The compendium will hold data on the available assets in Australia and will be available on demand.
Specifically, it will contain key contacts within companies in the maritime sector, a list of assets available along with their details (capabilities, areas of operation, range, equipment available etc), sailing routes, and more.
“This compendium will allow emergency response agencies to rapidly determine what is available in the area, what vessels might be passing by, who to call and, most importantly, provide the ability to speak directly to key decision makers,” said MIAL.
MIAL said it would also commence work immediately on identifying the areas for improvement when working in emergency situations. This could include streamlining communication channels, identifying regulations that may need some flexibility in emergency situations, and ensuring plans are in place to maximise the assets of the commercial maritime sector.
“Improving the plans for the engagement of civilian maritime resources, establishing contacts and relationships across the business and government/emergency response divide and gaining a solid understanding of the requirements from both sides will lead to even more assistance in the future,” commented Teresa Lloyd, MIAL CEO. “This will be an asset to all of those involved in emergencies.
“The recent tragic bushfires reinforce the benefits to the nation of having maritime companies and maritime capabilities, including wharves and maintenance bases as well as vessels, based in Australia. The MIAL Emergency Response Compendium will become a valued resource in future emergency events.”
Published since 1978, Ausmarine is the foremost magazine servicing the Australian and New Zealand commercial, military and government marine sectors.