Existing vessels transitioning to modern safety equipment standards
These changes do not apply to non-survey vessels that have been required to comply with the Part G equipment requirements since 1 July 2016.
This also applies to existing non-survey vessels under Exemption 02—application for approval of a non-survey vessel. These changes support our commitment to gradually apply modern safety equipment standards to pre-National System vessels.
The new arrangements have been implemented through changes to the following standards:
- Class 1, 2 and 3 vessels—new safety equipment requirements in Annex I of NSCV Part C7A.
- Class 4 vessels—new leisure craft requirements in NSCV Part F2.
- Fast craft—new requirements in NSCV Part F1.
To minimise costs for operators, most safety equipment can meet the NSCV requirements ‘on replacement’ or over a period of 1 to 5 years. In addition, some requirements only apply ‘on replacement’—such as a lifejacket type and standard. Other requirements do not apply at all—such as some water illumination requirements, which could mean significant costs for little benefit.
Other changes include:
- a number of existing generic equivalent solutions have been included in the safety equipment standard (NSCV Part C7A)
- an error in regards to lifejacket requirements for houseboats in the leisure craft standard (NSCV Part F2) has been corrected.
For more information:
- read the consultation feedback report (PDF 686.69 KB)
- call AMSA Connect 02 6279 5000
- contact your local AMSA liaison officer.