We will assume responsibility for direct service delivery and funding of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (National System) by 1 July 2017. In 2015-16, we began developing capability for the delivery of new regulatory activities and cost arrangements. This involved consultation with industry and current and future service delivery partners.
Our objective is for the transition of services to AMSA to be well-organised and allow time to establish appropriate service delivery and funding arrangements.
In 2015-16 we continued to work with industry and maritime agencies to progressively review existing commercial vessel standards. Our reform work centred on simplification of the National Standards for Commercial Vessels, which set out the standards governing commercial vessel design, operation, crewing and safety requirements. We reviewed and simplified arrangements for operational safety and low risk operations. Arrangements were developed to implement more robust crewing arrangements for volunteer marine rescue (VMR or ‘Scheme R’ vessels), fire service and emergency service vessels.
Accredited surveyors verify, on our behalf, that vessels are constructed and maintained in accordance with the required technical standards for the issue of vessel certification and to ensure safe vessel operations. The delivery of survey services is an essential function within the National System and lays the foundation to support and enable us to meet our regulatory obligations. We accredited over 200 surveyors in 2015-16.
We delivered around 100 workshops to industry on safety management in major centres and remote communities with almost 1700 industry participants, assisting industry to comply with safety obligations.
In 2015-16 our domestic vessel liaison team: