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- NSW now plans to extend traffic gridlock to the Parramatta River-
Comment by Ranger Hope.
The proposition to increase the Parramatta River Ferry Services is naively
seen by NSW Government as a new highway for free. The cities arteries
are clogged. Centralised job opportunities with excessive commute times
create poor life styles for most workers.
Pro-active incentives for the many business and public sector operations
that can benefit by relocation to rural centres are long overdue. While
top management and politicians fiercly cling on to their city centre
penthouse bastions, not for the company's good but their career networking,
the Australian Dream is trashed.
- Mean spirited parking fees - Comment by Ranger Hope.
The patchy state of public transportation in Australia is a result of
policy reliant on private automobiles. Cities now approach gridlock
while Governments abandon responsibility for infrastructure without
tolls, and Councils without parking fees/fines. The reasonable concept
of parking restrictions in order to fairly ration a limited resource
has been overtaken by the opportunity of mean spirited fee gouging.
It would be rare in the Sydney region to take the kids to a park or
beach without a developer or council having a hand out for $7 an hour,
often much more. In the least populated country in the world, have they
not heard of "Park and Ride"- free suburban parking with free
transport link to urban centres - most other countries have.
bone headed planning is seen in recreational mooring policy. Many enlightened
countries have retained sufficient industrial waterside land for yachts
to be stored on the hard over winter, hence clearing unsightly mooring
minders and seagull havens. Not so our mean spirited Government that
pants to flog off the public foreshore to developers looking for your
premium property for its view.
- Australian Domestic Shipping - Comment by Ranger Hope.
"The once vibrant Australian Domestic Shipping Industry is in terminal
decline that will take decades for recovery of expertise, vessels and
infrastructure. Unlike other countries who protect their domestic trade
on an appreciation of national security, the Australian Government continues
to support unfair competition from Flag of Convenience shippers not
subject to the same Australian safety, labour or tax regulations.”:
- AMSA DVD oral exams - Comment by Ranger Hope.
"Regulators operational (driving) tests are universally employed
for road, rail and air transport licensing world-wide. Arguments from
AMSA DVD in support of their proposal to transfer orals (on water final
assessments without funding assistance) from the regulator to the training
• The example of a training organisation’s final assessment model employed
by the Australian Maritime College, a unit of the University of Tasmania.
(A fully funded tertiary institution in the smallest geographical and
populated State closely managed by the State’s Education and Maritime
• Maritime Industry and Regulator’s desire for the reduction in red
tape where risk is not evidenced using “trust and verify” safety monitoring
for failures. (How many near misses represent evidence?)
• Fault in the functioning of the model will be captured by on water
enforcement. (After the accident?)
The requirement of boat driving tests is not of exclusive interest to
the maritime industry but is a core expectation by the public of the
Regulator to assure minimum safety on the water, as it is on the road,
rail or in the air. In this context a reasonable person will be as disquieted
at the proposed diluting transparency for commercial vessel driving
tests as he/she would be if road driving tests were ever proposed to
be transferred to learner driver schools with commercial interests.
here to view the full EULA.
Glebe Island. The container ship Hanjin
California remains under arrest at the old Glebe Island Container Terminal
prompted by claim of failure to settle bunkering after the owners file
for receivership. It is said that Hanjin invested heavily, as other
shipping companies, anticipating an increase in global trade that has
not eventuated. More of this story at Lloyds
Barangaroo. The new development overshadows
Glebe Island. Raining
again...the North Coast copping it.
Wild weather. Flooding and seven metre
swells hit NSW East Coast as a result of East Coast Low in Tasman Sea.
More at BOM website.
- The Vivid light show lights up Sydney harbour.
- Avalanche of space junk. Global positioning,
weather forecast and communication satellites are at risk of being brought
down by a catastrophic avalanche of space junk. Chief executive of the
Space Environment Research Centre Ben Greene said a thumbnail-size piece
of junk travelling at 10 kilometres a second could take down a satellite.
Dr Green said the avalanche scenario refers to an event which wiped
out all satellites – which would compound the problem as it would create
yet more space junk. "The most pessimistic mathematical model says
that we are within five years of having a 50-50 chance that a catastrophic
avalanche of collisions will occur any day," Dr Greene said. "The
most optimistic model says we've got 25 years." More of this article
from Bridie Smith Science Editor of the Age at the Sydney Morning Herald
- Update on navigational positioning systems. In
addition to American Global Positioning System (GPS), other systems
are in use or under development including the Russian Global Navigation
Satellite System (GLONASS), the European Union Galileo positioning system,
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, the Japanese Quasi-Zenith
Satellite System, and India's Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.
is a space-based satellite navigation system composed of 24 to 32 satellites
in medium Earth orbit that provides location and time information on
or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four
or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to
military, civil, and commercial users around the world. The United States
government created the system, maintains it, and makes it freely accessible
to anyone with a GPS receiver.
is a space-based satellite navigation system of 24 satellites enabling
full global coverage operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces.
It provides an alternative to GPS and is the second alternative navigational
system in operation. Smartphones can receive GLONASS positioning information
along with GPS for a more accurate reception of up to 2 meters.
the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) of 24 operational and
6 active spare satellites is currently being created by the European
Space Agency Galileo. It is intended to provide position to 1-metre,
and better at high latitudes. It will start offering from 2016 with
the complete 30-satellite Galileo system expected by 2020.
Navigation Satellite System is a Chinese satellite navigation system
of two separate satellite constellations – a limited test system that
has been operating since 2000, and a full-scale global navigation system
that is currently under construction. The first BeiDou system consists
of three satellites and has offered limited coverage in China’s neighboring
regions since 2000. The second generation BDS known as COMPASS or BeiDou-2,
will be a global satellite navigation system consisting of 35 satellites,
and is under construction as of January 2015. In-mid 2015, China started
the build-up of the third generation BeiDou system (BDS-3) in the global
(Quasi-Zenith Satellite System), is a proposed Japanese three-satellite
regional system. The construction of three satellites is slated for
launch before the end of 2017 and the basic four-satellite system is
planned to be operational in 2018. QZSS can only provide limited accuracy
on its own and is not currently required in its specifications to work
in a stand-alone mode. As such, it is viewed as a GNSS Augmentation
the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or is a Navigation Satellite
System consisting of 3 satellites in GEO orbit and 4 satellites in GSO
orbit providing positioning extending to 1500 km around India. The requirement
of such a navigation system is driven because access to foreign government-controlled
global navigation satellite systems is not guaranteed in hostile situations.
End of Australian flagged coastal trade.
The Maritime Industry Australia Limited warns the sector will disappear
without action.... CEO Teresa Lloyd statements included "Australia
has a very strict cabotage regime for aviation where foreign companies
can't just come here and operate on domestic routes...but they have
a very liberal approach to cabotage for the maritime sector." Ms
Lloyd said cabotage was "a preference or a reservation for domestic
activity for domestic operators". Such systems exist in many countries,
an example being the USA, where it requires all goods transported by
water be by US constructed and US flagged vessels. Read full report
in ABC news website.
- AMSA DVD Service Delivery Changes.
Transport Ministers representing all states and territories decided
in November 2014 that AMSA will assume responsibility for full delivery
of services and funding for domestic commercial vessels by July 2019,
with a 2-year transition period commencing in July 2017...A nationally
delivered service presents real and substantial benefits to the domestic
maritime industry and the Australian economy, with a focus on reducing
regulatory burden and rewarding good safety management, AIMEX writes.
It will also make it possible to implement a modern risk-based regulatory
safety scheme that is consistently applied across Australia...
Regulatory Update for Domestic Commercial Vessels -Thursday Island.
More than a dozen people attended a National System information session
held on Thursday Island on 2nd July. The attendees were given an update
on the operation of the National System by AMSA’s Manager (Liaison),
who also explained the practical difference that AMSA’s focus on red
tape reduction and a “trust and verify” model should mean for their
organisations. More of this article from AIMEX (Australian Marine Exports)
at AIMEX Domestic Vessel E-news.
AMSA DVD supersedes State regulators. Australian
Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Domestical Commercial Vessel Division
(DVD) holds a road show for training organisations in Sydney. Presenters
announces to attendees its plans to fully supersede State Maritime Certification/Survey
Authorities by July 2017. They also stated plans to step back from its
currently legislated responsibility for audit of its approved training
organisations (leaving this to ASQA). Additionally they announced that
it will require certification document authentication to be complied
and processed by training organisations including a final practical
assessments (orals). More at AMSA
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