This data is a combination of records held by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. From 1999 to 2011 Australia shipping
was tracked through the Australian Ship Reporting System (AUSREP). From 2012 onward this changed to the Automatic Identification
System (AIS). The data presented here are summaries of the tracks of vessels between the points identified by either AUSREP
or AIS, summarised to the number of KM per 0.1 deg grid square.
The AIS is a Very High Frequency (VHF) radio broadcasting system which enables AIS equipped vessels and shore-based stations
to send and receive identifying information.
This information can:
be displayed on a computer or chart plotter
aid in situational awareness
provide a means to assist in collision avoidance.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) defines AIS as a ship and shore based broadcast system, operating in the
VHF maritime band.
The AIS can handle over 2,000 reports per minute and may update information as often as every two seconds.
Australian Ship Reporting System (AUSREP) is a ship reporting system designed to contribute to the safety of life at sea
and is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC
Australia) in Canberra. Participation in AUSREP is mandatory for certain ships but most other commercial ships participate
voluntarily. Shipmasters send a position report each day at a convenient time nominated by the ship, the maximum time between
any two reports is not to exceed 24 hours. The data is used as reference material only, designed to indicate shipping lanes
and the number of vessels moving through Australian waters. AUSREP commenced in 1973 in line with Australia's obligations
under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) as a ship reporting system and is operated by AMSA
through the RCC Australia in Canberra.
This Shipping Pressure Summary incorporates Data which is copyright Australian Maritime Safety Authority (2013 & 2016). The
data has been used in Shipping Pressure Summary with the permission of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, who have
not evaluated the Data as altered and incorporated with Shipping Pressure Summary, and therefore give no warranty regarding
its accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose.
Data was sourced from the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub.