Continuous synopsis record
A continuous synopsis record is a document issued to a ship under the safety of life at sea convention. It shows the history of a vessel and subsequent continuous synopsis records are issued in sequential order. A continuous synopsis record is reissued when changes are made to information about a ship. All passenger vessels and cargo ships over 500 gross tonnage engaged on international voyages must have a continuous synopsis record on board at all times.
If the vessel has previously held a continuous synopsis record on a foreign registry or from previous Australian registration, we will need to see a copy of the final continuous synopsis record. The new Australian continuous synopsis record will have the next sequential number. For example if the final continuous synopsis record is number 4 the new continuous synopsis record will be number 5.
Penalties for inaccurate data
All information in a continuous synopsis record must be correct. Inaccurate or conflicting data in the ship’s documentation or certificates could result in a deficiency being recorded at a port or flag State control inspection, and possibly even detention of the ship.
For example, deficiency or detention of the ship could result if there are differences in:
- company names or addresses on the continuous synopsis record we issue and the document of compliance
- the information on the continuous synopsis record and the international safety management certificate we issue under the international safety management code.
Names and addresses of Australian companies recorded in the ship register should be exactly as listed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Trading names and operating addresses different from a company’s official registered name and address should not be used on the register or on international safety management certificates.