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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Oracle to target Gladstone port safety

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Oracle to target Gladstone port safety

    Passenger ferries carrying construction workers on Gladstone Harbour will be the focus of a Queensland Government safety blitz.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, said a Maritime Safety Queensland operation, named Oracle, would be held next month.

    “With the construction of LNG projects in the Port of Gladstone and on Curtis Island, there has been a significant increase in commercial ship activity and much of this includes passenger ferries,” Mr Emerson said.

    “The sheer volume of vessel movements in the harbour increases the potential risk for serious marine incidents to occur.”

    Mr Emerson said about 170 commercial vessels associated with LNG projects were operating out of Gladstone Marina and nearby facilities, including about 35 passenger transfer vessels.

    “While the majority of operators understand the high risk of commercial passenger transfer operations in the busy Gladstone harbour, it is essential that all crews exercise safe management practices during voyages,” he said.

    “It is concerning there have been reports this is not always the case.

    “MSQ personnel, assisted by water police and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, will be working with passenger transfer shipping to identify and rectify risk issues during this operation.”

    Operation Oracle will be held over multiple phases to minimise disruption to the Gladstone Harbour passenger ferry services.

    It will include checking documentation and on-board inspections over a period of six to eight weeks from next month.

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