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AMSA Update—September 2021


AMSA Update

In this edition


World Maritime Day 2021
Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future

Today Australia joins other nations to celebrate World Maritime Day. This year shines a light on the vital role of seafarers and the need to provide supportive working conditions for them to continue providing this key service into the future. In a display of solidarity towards seafarers, two lighthouses—Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in WA and Bustard Head Lighthouse in Qld—and Australia House in London will join other buildings around the globe in being lit up in blue today. Read more

Final consultation on near coastal qualifications

Tell us what you think about the draft Marine order 505 (certificates of competency) and supporting guidelines. The draft marine order contains a range of changes, some of which are a result of feedback industry provided during the 2019 consultation. This final consultation closes on 14 November 2021. 

Learn more and have your say.


Get ready for National Safe Boating Week 2021!

National Safe Boating Week starts on the 2 October 2021. With summer just around the corner, many more Australians will be taking to the water. Its important to understand the importance of safety to protect yourself and those around you. 
 
The week finishes up on Friday 8 October with Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day -  if it’s easy enough to wear to work, it’s easy enough to wear on the water. Will you be wearing yours? Find out more.

Advice and support for operators of autonomous vessels 

New guidance is on our website for designers, builders and owners of small unmanned autonomous vessels under 12 metres. It provides information on the scope of items to be considered and suitable standards to use, when applying for a specific exemption.  


New body worn cameras for AMSA frontline staff 

AMSA is joining other regulatory agencies in the use of body worn cameras (BWCs) which will be in place nationally by December 2021. Benefits of the new technology include extra security, transparency, and capturing quality audio and video evidence. Find out more on our website.

Overloading – don’t rock the boat!

You should know the maximum load capacity of your tender. When considering how much weight your vessel can support, it is important to consider the number of people on board, the engine including an auxiliary, portable tanks, equipment, supplies and any catch that may be brought on board. Find out more


Incident data helping to improve maritime safety

We have released the 2020 report into domestic commercials vessel marine incidents. This data gives us an insight into what’s going wrong out on the water and what we can do to help improve safety. Read the full report.

August 2021 incidents

There were 76 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in August 2021. Of these, 22 were serious. Read the full report

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