Australia depends almost exclusively on shipping to transport its exports and imports; and in terms of tonnage shipped, Australia is the largest bulk commodities exporter in the world. Australia’s growing offshore petroleum industry is also critical to the country’s energy security.
In response to the importance of these sectors to the country’s economic, environmental and social wellbeing, Australia is party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982 which establishes an obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment.
The National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies is one of the ways Australia meets its obligations.
The National Plan sets out national arrangements, policies and principles for responding to maritime emergencies. This is how federal, state and territory response capabilities work together. In operation since 1973, the National Plan has been characterised by willing and effective cooperation between governments and industries, and has provided both timely and effective response to actual pollution incidents. At Central Highlands Aerial Services, we are proud to work with Aerotech 1st Response and AMSA and to be able to contribute to the National Plan.