In January 2018 AMSA updated some safety equipment requirements for existing vessels that you should be aware of. In most cases you will have 4 and 5 years to have the updated safety equipment, however some items will take immediate effect. These items are stated in Annex I of NSCV C7A .
The objective of this Annex is to specify the transition of existing vessels to an acceptable level of compliance with this Subsection in a way that is effective in maintaining the expectations for minimum levels of safety equipment for all domestic commercial vessels.
Contact your Maritime Survey Australia Surveyor for more information about how this may affect you.
From 1 July 2018, most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew will be delivered directly by AMSA instead of your local marine safety agency. This is the final step of putting in place a consistent approach to maritime safety across Australia.
As clients of MSA, we will continue to complete the AMSA documentation on your behalf. You can read more about the AMSA transitional arrangements here.
From 1 April 2019, all class 4C vessels will be required to carry a float-free EPIRB where they are equal to or greater than 12 metres in length, or less than 12 metres and do not have level flotation. Class 4C vessels less than 12 metres in length with level flotation can continue to carry the kind of EPIRB currently required.
All Class 1, 2, and 3 DCVs that are equal to or greater than 12 metres in length and operate beyond 2 nautical miles seaward from the coast, will be required to carry a float-free EPIRB; and all Class 1, 2, and 3 DCVs that are less 12 metres in length operating in beyond 2 nautical miles will also need to carry a float-free EPIRB but only if the vessel does not have level flotation.
Vessels that are less than 12 metres with level flotation can continue to carry the kind of EPIRB currently required and will not be affected by this proposal. These changes will apply to vessels required to have a certificate of survey, vessels that are exempt from the requirement to have a certificate of survey, and existing (‘grandfathered’) vessels.