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MARS user guide 2020—submitting domestic commercial vessel survey reports to AMSA

This user guide sets out the process for the submission of surveys reports and recommendations relating to DCV which are applying for, or hold, a certificate of survey, a load line certificate, or an exemption 40 approval. 
14 August 2020

You will only be able to use MARS to enter reports for a survey if the owner has given you the unique code for that survey. We have started sending out these letters, so you may start to see these codes from early July. Once you receive the code, you can claim the survey and submit your reports and supporting documentation in MARS. 

In the meantime please email completed survey reports and supporting documents to dcvapplications@amsa.gov.au.

If you are a surveyor—logging in to the MARS system

  • If you are a surveyor, we will send you a user name and temporary password for MARS.
  • To access MARS, you will need to download and install a security code app on your computer or smart phone. This will provide you with authenticated access to MARS.
  • You will then need to email mars.support@amsa.gov.au with the unique 'credential ID' from the app.
  • We will then register this 'credential ID' against your user name and security settings.
  • After that, you will be able to login to MARS for the first time.

Overview 

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), as the National Regulator, relies on the recommendations of marine surveyors to determine whether domestic commercial vessels (DCV) meet the applicable safety, design, construction and equipment standards under the National Law. 

Scope 

This user guide sets out the process for the submission of surveys reports and recommendations to AMSA relating to DCV which are applying for, or hold, a Certificate of Survey, a Load Line Certificate, or an Exemption 40 approval. 

Application 

This user guide applies to Accredited Marine Surveyors and Recognised Organisations who undertake surveys on vessels and make recommendations to AMSA under the National Law. 

Objective 

The objectives of this user guide are to provide the process for: 

  • the online submission of survey reports and recommendations directly into AMSAs MARitime Safety (MARS) system; and 
  • submitting survey reports and recommendations manually to AMSA.

Need assistance? Questions relating to processes mentioned in this document or assistance with login can be directed to the system administration team via email to mars.support@amsa.gov.au

Related documents and forms 

This user guide should be read in conjunction with Part 2 of the National Law–Marine Surveyors Accreditation Guidance Manual 2014 and the relevant published instructions to surveyors. 

Instructional videos that demonstrate the MARS functions are available:

Last Updated: 

7 October 2020