Following are the inspection focus areas that were determined for the 2020-2021 period.
Port State Control
Each vessel category has a specific target inspection rate resulting from the risk profiling system described above.
|Probability of detention (risk factor)
||Target inspection rate
More than 5%
4% to 5%
2% to 3%
1% or less
Data collected during this period, along with targeted inspection rates indicates AMSA surveyors are being used in the most effective manner and are achieving target inspection rates in all priority groups.
Flag State Control
Prior to the recent changes in AMSAs International Safety Management (ISM) Code auditing function, AMSA aimed to carry out a Flag State Control (FSC) inspection of each Regulated Australian Vessel (RAV) regulated under the Navigation Act 2012 once per year.
As at July 2020 there are an estimated 60 RAVs which are eligible for a FSC inspection. This number fluctuates by up to 20% annually for a range of reasons including new vessels being registered, old vessels decommissioning, sea trialling of new builds, removal from register for sale, and transfer of flag.
AMSA aims to conduct FSC inspections on RAV’s twice in a 12 month period. Considering the fluctuation in numbers, location of these vessels, and nature of their voyages, AMSA’s FSC target for 2020-2021 is to conduct 120 inspections of RAV’s under the FSC regime, during this reporting period.
Importantly all FSC inspections include an Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 (OHS(MI)) inspection component.
AMSA applies the same priority (P1-4) of inspection for our Flag State Control regime as we do for Port State Control.
AMSA can also conduct an (OHS(MI)) inspection independently of a FSC inspection where the OSH(MI) act applies. AMSA inspectors remain available to discuss health and safety matters with any crew member, including the Health and Safety Representatives (HSR). HSRs may also request that AMSA conduct an OHS(MI) inspection on board a vessel, and to accompany the AMSA inspector on such an inspection.
AMSA’s Inspectors will seek opportunities to discuss safety matters with the HSRs on a regular basis.
Domestic Commercial Vessels
Based on a risk review it was determined that the highest priorities and focus for domestic commercial vessel safety compliance were fishing vessels and large passenger carrying vessels. In regards to fishing vessel safety, the focus was particularly on stability, procedures in reaction to a hook up, the safety of dories / tenders / auxiliary vessels and general seaworthiness.
AMSA will conduct a total of 2200 inspections. AMSA will target our inspections based on the priority groups and inspect a larger proportion of the higher priority operations in the fleet than those of lower priority.
Priority 1 vessels
- Passenger vessels of any category carrying more than 36 passengers
- Fishing vessels of category 3B Extended, 3B and 3C
- Class 2 vessels engaged in high risk operations (these include carriage of bulk petroleum or gas products, vessels with cranes exceeding 3 tonnes and dredges).
Priority 2 vessels
- Passenger vessels of any category carrying up to 36 passengers
- Existing non-survey Fishing vessels of category 3C restricted 3D and 3E
- Class 2 vessels engaged in medium risk operations (these include support vessels in the offshore oil industry, any vessel carrying dangerous goods, landing barges, tugs/ vessels used primary for towage).
Priority 3 vessels
- Cargo vessels of Class 2B Extended, 2B, 2C, 2D and 2E (including barges) not involved in high or medium risk operations.
Priority 4 vessels
- All vessels not covered by priorities 1 to 3 – these inspections may be part of a compliance visit or fleet monitoring visits.