TRACKING: Vessel Traffic Service Officer Mark Newberry shows off the new tracking system to Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin.
TRACKING: Vessel Traffic Service Officer Mark Newberry shows off the new tracking system to Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin. Brenda Strong

Politicians inspect new $2m Big Brother centre for boaties

IT's a state-of-the-art Big Brother for boats where harbourmaster John Fallon and his team have a panoramic view over the Gladstone harbour, as well as the Bundaberg and Alma ports.

The new $2 million vessel tracking centre on the top floor of the entertainment centre building on Yarroon St gives three watchful people a bird's eye view - along with CCTV vision - of what goes on below.

While harbour movements are sitting around 20,000 a month - the operational phase for LNG and the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal coming online will see an increase in ship movements of 10 to 15 per cent.

Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin and Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham inspected the centre on Monday, which was funded with support from the LNG industry, in conjunction with the Port of Gladstone.

Mr Minnikin said with Gladstone being an evolving harbour, it needed to keep pace with state-of-the-art equipment.

"The sensitivities environmentally around this part of the Queensland coastline with the world heritage of the reef just off shore mean we have to make sure at all times that the proud maritime safety record is maintained," he said.

When the Curtis Island facility comes online in the next few months the vessel traffic service will assist in monitoring LNG ships to safely transit the port of Gladstone and surrounding waters.

New Centre

  • Panoramic view of Gladstone harbour
  • State-of-the-art radar, CCTV, weather sensors and navigation aids
TRACKING: Vessel Traffic Service Officer Mark Newberry shows off the new tracking system to Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin.
TRACKING: Vessel Traffic Service Officer Mark Newberry shows off the new tracking system to Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin. Brenda Strong


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