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Victorian Fisheries Authority
Development of Tender Specifications for Fisheries Vessels
By admin
June 6, 2019

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) Education and Enforcement branch is currently proposing to replace up to nine of its existing inland and estuarine primary patrol vessels.

Maritime Survey Australia (MSA) assisted the VFA in developing tender specifications and instructions for the design, construction and supply of four (4) 4.8-5.4 metre-, and five (5) 4.4-5 metre vessels, including off-road trailers which will be used for fisheries enforcement and education programs.

MSA Surveyor, James Nolan worked closely with the VFA to ensure all requirements necessary to the design, build and operation of these specialist workboats were considered and presented in the tender documentation.  This includes allowing for easy access of equipment from the water over the gunwale, and the ability to operate in all weather and the rough conditions commonly found in Victorian open inland waters.

On advice from MSA, categories listed in the tender specifications address a number of key areas including; general requirements regarding the vessels’ design, operations and performance; arrangement, accommodation and safety considerations; construction and watertight integrity; and equipment, machinery and electrical systems.

On further advise from MSA, the tender instructions also include important regulatory and compliance requirements including ensuring the vessel is certified to AMSA Class 2D – Exemption 02, domestic commercial vessel operations for 2 crew and 4 special personnel; and that the hull structure of the vessels are to be designed and constructed in compliance with the NSCV Part C3 or AMSA generic equivalent solution 2010/02.

Application process

In order to respond to the tender, please do so via the tenders.vic website, reference RFQ-VFAEE2018-19

This RFQ is only available to those registered under the following category “Farming and Fishing and Forestry and Wildlife Machinery and Accessories”.

If your organisation is not already registered, please follow the link below to register with


Do you require assistance with the development and preparation of Tender Instruction Documentation?

Contact Maritime Survey Australia today to discuss your project requirements.

Our Marine Surveyors and Naval Architects are accredited with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), members of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and members of the certifying authority of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) or Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS).

With the utmost attention to detail, our surveyors will liaise with the vessel operator to ensure tender instruction documentation contain all relevant design, construction, safety, performance and compliance requirements.

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