Output 3 - Civil maritime surveillance and response
Planning for the future
Customs and Australian Fisheries Management Authority officers undertaking boarding training.
The next two years will pose major challenges to Coastwatch and the National Marine Unit. During this period, Coastwatch will:
- further refine the operational and organisational arrangements for the Joint Offshore Protection Command and augmented security patrols
- build the linkages and infrastructure that will underpin the Australian Maritime Identification System
- undertake the substantial task of transitioning to the new surveillance contracts
- continue to assess the viability of use of emerging technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles
- respond to the challenges presented by increasing and more sophisticated foreign fishing incursions, particularly in Australia’s northern waters.
The National Marine Unit will:
- fit deck-mounted weapons on all ACVs and recruit and train additional crew to operate this equipment by the end of 2005
- fit secure voice and email communication systems on all ACVs.
As part of the Southern Ocean Maritime Surveillance and Response program, Customs will:
- renegotiate with P&O Maritime Services Pty Ltd a long-term contract for the Oceanic Viking to cover the period until June 2010
- extend the capability for undertaking operations in northern waters
- coordinate a long-term sailing plan with the French government to ensure maximum patrol coverage
- explore cooperative arrangements with other interested countries.