A ship-tracking system has launched to protect Australian waters.

The Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service, the world’s largest mandatory ship reporting system, is taking new steps to make Australian waters safer and prevent accidents similar to the MV Shen Neng 1 oil spill last year. The system encompasses the entire reef system from the Torres Strait to Bundaberg.

All large vessels carrying hazardous chemicals and liquids are required to frequently report their location and destination and are monitored by radio and satellite 24/7. The tracking system also gives the ships updates on weather conditions and other vessels’ positions.

According to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, the government plans to introduce new legislation that will lead to harsher penalties for breaking Australian environmental and maritime laws.

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