Port safety to be improved with world class technology

SAFETY will be improved at Gladstone, Bundaberg and Alma ports with the introduction of world-class technology to track shipping movements.

The state-of-the-art vessel traffic service will assist in monitoring ships to safely transit the Port of Gladstone and surrounding waters as the Curtis Island LNG facilities go live over the coming months.

Assistant Public Transport Minister Steve Minnikin said on Monday (Mar 24) the $2 million system was funded with support from the LNG industry and in conjunction with the Port of Gladstone.

"The new vessel traffic service will oversee shipping movements through some of Queensland's key ports," he said.

"It will provide unprecedented monitoring of shipping movements from a world-class centre.

"The new port vessel traffic service will assist in safely managing port shipping by ensuring 24/7 advice and guidance on the positions of other ships, weather, tidal condition and possible hazards to navigation."