Upgrade for ship-tracking technology
Four ship-tracking radars at key sites along the Queensland coast are to be replaced in a $4 million upgrade.
Acting Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Ryan said the Maritime Safety Queensland project would provide greater reliability for Queensland’s maritime industry and a higher level of vigilance over shipping through the environmentally sensitive Moreton Bay Marine Park and the Torres Strait.
Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG) has won the contract to upgrade radars at Torres Strait in the state’s far north and Moreton Bay in the south-east region.
Radars will also be replaced at Nudgee in Brisbane, Point Cartwright on the Sunshine Coast, Woorim on Bribie Island and Hammond Island in Torres Strait.
“The existing radars have reliably served the shipping industry for more than 10 years but are approaching the end of their operational life,” Mr Ryan said.
“The new radars are next-generation technology that will provide an unprecedented level of real-time information on shipping movements and navigation conditions," Mr Ryan said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is paying for the first three sites as well as funding 40 per cent of the cost of the Torres Strait radar as part of an agreement with the Federal Government.”
The replacement program will roll out over coming months with completion expected mid-2019.
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