Four ship-tracking radars at key sites along the Queensland coast are to be replaced in a $4 million upgrade.
Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Ryan says the Maritime Safety Queensland project would provide greater reliability for Queensland’s maritime industry and a higher level of vigilance over shipping through the environmentally sensitive Moreton Bay Marine Park and the Torres Strait.
“There are over 5,600 ship movements a year through Moreton Bay to the Port of Brisbane and more than 3,200 ships travelling through Torres Strait to Australian or international destinations.”
“These radars are also an asset to our Reef Vessel Traffic Service which is dedicated to protecting the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait region.”
“The 24-hour ship monitoring system provides navigation information to vessels and lowers the risk of maritime incidents which could result in damage to the marine environment.”
Mr Ryan says Brisbane-based company, Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG) won the contract to upgrade radars at Torres Strait in the state’s far north and Moreton Bay in the south-east region.
Radars will also be replaced at Nudgee in Brisbane, Point Cartwright on the Sunshine Coast, Woorim on Bribie Island and Hammond Island in Torres Strait.
The new radars are next-generation technology that will provide an unprecedented level of real-time information on shipping movements and navigation conditions.
Australian Maritime Systems Group CEO Richard Morton welcomed the announcement, saying protection of the Great Barrier Reef was of the utmost importance.
“We have some of the most capable maritime technology specialists on board and we partner with best technology providers.”
The replacement program will roll out over coming months with completion expected mid-2019.