AMSA update—1 February 2018

AMSA update

Welcome to the new-look Domestic Vessels eNews

AMSA update will continue to bring you the latest news and information about domestic commercial vessel safety—just with a new look.

Simplifying the vessel survey regime

Following public consultation on options for a future approach to the domestic commercial vessel survey regime, AMSA released the final Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)—Survey under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels.

The RIS identifies preferred changes to vessel survey which would see regulations simplified and survey requirements better aligned with risk.

The next step is to capture the changes in Marine Order 503 (certificates of survey). The revised marine order will be open for public consultation in April 2018.

Following consultation, new survey arrangements would commence on 1 July 2018.

Find out more

Northern Territory highlighted in map of Australia

Changes to survey services in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Marine Department have advised Northern Territory operators that you now need to contact an AMSA private accredited surveyor or recognised organisation to have your vessel surveyed. The Northern Territory marine safety office no longer provides survey services.

Existing vessels moving to modern safety equipment standards

From 1 January 2018, existing vessels, including non-survey vessels, will need to start moving toward compliance with modern safety equipment requirements set out in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.

Read the details

Float free EPIRB

Last days to have your say on float-free EPIRBs!

Consultation on the proposal to mandate the use of float-free emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) closes on Friday 2 February 2018.

Go to the consultation page.

Certificate of competency exemptions extended to 2020

General exemptions relating to certificates of competency under the national system have been extended until 30 June 2020. This is to give industry more certainty as we transition to full service delivery.

Read more

NAV18 Navigation Safety Symposium

Register now to attend NAV18

1–3 May 2018, Gold Coast, Queensland

This AMSA symposium will explore the future of navigation, as emerging technologies gain momentum across the maritime sector.

NAV18 will drive in-depth discussion and debate for the industry, with international experts and Australian industry leaders providing up-to-date analysis, case studies and technical know-how on safe navigation and emerging technologies.

Delegates will connect with people from across the navigation industries including technology and transport safety professionals. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to meet with suppliers of navigation equipment, systems and services.

Places are limited so don’t delay!

January incidents

Two serious incidents were reported in January 2018.

A crew member on a fishing vessel suffered hand and leg injuries when a winch drum brake broke under tension. The person received first aid and was then taken to hospital in an ambulance as soon as the vessel arrived back at the wharf.

A passenger on a dolphin swimming charter vessel suffered a broken wrist when another passenger entered the water from the bow net and landed on their arm. The person received first aid while the vessel returned to the dock where the passenger received further treatment by paramedics.

Report a marine incident relating to a domestic commercial vessel.

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