2018 Annual Marine Incident Report Tabled In Parliament By Minister

2018 Annual Marine Incident Report Tabled In Parliament By Minister

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey

Queensland Records Lowest Boating Fatalities In 4 Years

Victor Taffa

Queensland has recorded its lowest number of recreational boating deaths in the past 4 years.

2018 annual Marine Incident Report, prepared by Maritime Safety Queensland, was tabled in Parliament this week by Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey.

“Any death on waters is one too many, but it’s encouraging to see a continued improvement in recreational boating safety which has shown a steady decline in the rate of reported marine incidents over the past decade.” Minister Bailey said.

“More than 261,000 recreational vessels are now registered in Queensland which is about 1 vessel for every 19 people.”

“Marine Incident Report is Maritime Safety Queensland’s best measure of how safe we are on our waterways and how best we can improve our performance for the increasing number of boaties.”

“Last year we recorded 6 deaths from 5 marine incidents involving recreational vessels which was one less than last year.”

Minister Bailey said the report would be carefully analysed by Maritime Safety Queensland to identify areas where safety regulations and education could be most effectively directed.

“Unfortunately, we saw a sharp rise in incidents resulting in hospitalisations from 19 in 2017 to 36 last year.”

Across Queensland, there were 342 reported incidents involving 465 vessels, which included 38 domestic commercial vehicles, 269 motorboats, 93 sailboats, 40 personal watercraft, 16 paddle boats and nine houseboats.

Gold Coast reported the most marine incidents with 83, followed by Gladstone with 69, Brisbane with 53 and Townsville with 42.

“In the broadest sense, the most important message we can give is for boat masters to ensure there are always enough lifejackets on board for everyone and everyone knows how to use them.” Minister Bailey said.

Majority of these incidents occurred in smooth waters, clear weather, with good visibility and winds below 16 knots.

Incidents most commonly occurred on the weekend and between 9 am-6 pm.

“What the data shows is that no matter what the conditions or time of day, it’s important that everyone avoids becoming complacent, and that we all work together to improve maritime safety into the future, especially with more Queenslanders on the water.” Minister Bailey said.

Member for Redlands and War on Wrecks Chair Kim Richards said the Brisbane management area received 53 marine incident reports involving 82 vessels (73 Queensland regulated ships and nine domestic commercial vessels).

“Human factors were again the most significant contributor to many incidents which frequently happened on smooth water, with good visibility in clear weather.” Ms. Richards said.

“There were 18 people injured in these 53 incidents including 1 fatality and 4 hospital admissions.”

“Clearly the importance of keeping a proper lookout at all times cannot be overstated.”

“Not surprisingly almost half of all reported marine incidents happened on the weekend.” Ms. Richards said.

Regional Breakdown

Brisbane (Pinkenba)

Brisbane (Pinkenba) management area received 53 marine incident reports involving 82 vessels, 73 Queensland regulated ships and 9 domestic commercial vessels. There were 18 people injured in these 53 incidents including 1 fatality and 4 hospital admissions.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast management area received 83 marine incident reports involving 125 vessels, 115 Queensland regulated ships and 10 domestic commercial vessels. 29 people were injured in these 83 incidents including 16 who were admitted to hospital.

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast management area received 36 marine incidents reports involving 54 vessels, 51 Queensland regulated ships and 3 domestic commercial vessels. 9 people were injured in these 36 incidents including 4 who were admitted to hospital.

Gladstone

Gladstone maritime region received 69 marine incident reports involving 84 vessels, 79 Queensland regulated ships and 5 domestic commercial vessels. 15 people were injured, including 2 fatalities and 7 admitted to hospital.

Mackay

Mackay maritime region received 18 marine incident reports involving 24 vessels, 23 Queensland regulated ships and 1 domestic commercial vessel. 6 people were injured including, 1 hospital admission and 5 other injuries.

Townsville

Townsville maritime region received 42 marine incident reports involving 48 vessels, 43 Queensland regulated ships and 5 domestic commercial vessels. 7 people were injured, including 2 fatalities, 3 admitted to a hospital, and 2 minor injuries.

Cairns

Cairns maritime region received 38 marine incident reports involving 48 vessels, 43 Queensland regulated ships and 5 domestic commercial vessels. 11 people were injured, including 1 fatality, 9 hospital admissions, and 1 with minor injuries.