New Traffic Separation Schemes For Western Australia
On December 1 this year, two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) will come into effect off the south-west coast of Western Australia.
The two schemes, off Cape Leeuwin and Chatham Island in the state’s south-west, stem from shipping traffic data which raised concerns about ships on reciprocal courses and navigating close to the coast line. With around 6,500 unique voyages made through this area every two years (around nine ships per day), the schemes aim to improve safety.
There will be no increase in typical voyage distances for ships traversing the area.
Australia’s proposal to establish the schemes was approved by the IMO earlier this year and adopted by its Maritime Safety Committee in May. The schemes will be depicted on paper and electronic charts of the region.