1/2021—Focused inspection campaign—livestock ships

This marine notice provides information to ship owners, operators and masters about the Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on livestock ships which will run from 1 March 2021 to 31 August 2021.

The purpose of the FIC is to:

  • determine the level of compliance with the maintenance and repair requirements of international conventions, and 
  • ensure masters and officers are complying with specific requirements of Marine Order 43 for ships that hold an Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock, including voyage planning,  determining the ship’s stability, and that accurate values are used for the livestock cargo carried.


This FIC has been initiated by AMSA and is specific to Australia. The FIC will only be carried out on vessels that Australia has approved to carry livestock under Marine Order 43. 


AMSA inspectors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port State control (PSC) inspections. 

Any PSC deficiencies will be reported to regional PSC databases. However, deficiencies that relate only to Marine Order 43 will be recorded separately, in accordance with normal AMSA processes, and will not be reported to regional PSC databases.

AMSA encourages ship owners and masters to familiarise themselves with the maintenance requirements of their vessel, and the requirements of Marine Order 43 for the carriage of livestock from Australia.

Inspectors will complete a checklist when conducting the focused inspections so that AMSA can collate and report on the outcomes.

Outcome of the FIC

The results of the FIC will be analysed at the conclusion of the campaign, and a report will be published on our website.

Further information 

AMSA’s website provides information on the focused inspection campaign and a checklist of requirements that will be used during this FIC.

AMSA encourages ship owners, operators and masters to review the information provided at the links above.


This notice will be cancelled on 31 August 2021.

Sachi Wimmer
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

22 February 2021
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
GPO Box 2181

Last updated: 

Wednesday 1 February 2023