Creation of new shipping fairways off WA coast

Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the creation of a network of Shipping Fairways off the north-west coast of Australia designed to improve the safe movement of ships in the area and protect the marine environment.

The Minister announced that "With an expected doubling of shipping activity by 2020 we are planning for the future while protecting what we have today.

Since 2007, we have expanded the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service (REEFVTS), established North East Shipping Management Group and proposed greater protections around Ningaloo Reef - all measures designed to provide a safe passage for ships and protect and preserve our precious marine environment.

Vessels will begin to use the Shipping Fairways when electronic and paper navigational charts are progressively updated from August 2012 onwards."