A new shipping navigation system will be trialled in the Torres Strait off far north Queensland over the next couple of months.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has signed a contract with maritime engineering company OMC International.
The company has developed an under-keel clearance management system that helps large ships to gauge sea depths.
OMC spokesman Terry O’Brien says the system will provide important shipping information to operators in the Torres Strait.
“Pilotage providers for example will dial up the server which will be based in Melbourne and will be able to get a prediction for a particular vessel, how much draught it can load to and what time it can do the transit,” he said.
Mr O’Brien says the technology could be in place by the end of the year.
“Very precise measurements will be taken to validate the accuracy of the computer modelling that’s done to determine the under-keel clearance, so these sensors will be put on the ships – from that we’ll be able to measure exactly how much clearance there is under the bottom of the ships,” he said.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Company