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Exemption 36—Marine Safety (Steam-powered vessels)

This exemption is relevant to people who work on or who want to work on a domestic commercial vessel without the required certificate of competency.

You can apply to us for Exemption 36 by completing and submitting miscellaneous form 758.

What this exemption will allow you to do

Exemption 36 allows a person who holds one of the following certificates of competency: 

  • Marine engine driver, grade 2 near coastal 
  • Marine engine driver, grade 3 near coastal

to perform the duties of Chief engineer on the following vessels:

  • any vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power less than 750 kilowatts, or 
  • a specific vessel that has steam as the main method of propulsion with propulsion power less than 750 kilowatts.

Exemption 36 also allows for a person who holds one of the following certificates:

  • Engineer class 1 (Steam)
  • Engineer class 2 (Steam) 
  • Engineer watchkeeper endorsed as Chief engineer less than 3000 kilowatts near coastal (Steam)

to perform the duties of Chief engineer on any vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power less than 750 kilowatts.

Eligibility

You are eligible for this exemption if you:

  • are at least 16 years old; and
  • hold a statement of attainment from a registered training organisation, for the following units of the MAR Maritime Training Package:
    • MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment or equivalent;
    • MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel or equivalent;
    • MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements or equivalent; and
  • have completed at least 100 hours of sea service on vessels with steam as the main propulsion power undertaking duties as a general purpose hand or as an assistant to an engineer, an engine driver, a chief engineer or a second engineer; and
  • meet the medical and eyesight requirements mentioned in Chapter 4 of NSCV Part D for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC certificate of competency; and
  • hold a Basic Boiler Licence or a licence to operate a standard boiler (VET Code MSMBLIC001 or equivalent) issued by a State or Territory authority; and
  • pass a final assessment.

Task books

If you hold an Engineer Class 1 (Steam) certificate issued under the Navigation Act 2012, to work on a vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power <750kW, you must have completed a task book determined by us.

If you hold an Engineer Class 2 (Steam) certificate issued under the Navigation Act 2012,to work on a vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power <750kW, you must have:

  • completed the tasks, in the task book determined by the National Regulator, that the person who conducts the final assessment considers necessary; and
  • the completed tasks must be endorsed by an owner of the vessel.

Other requirements

You must also comply with the following: 

  • For a vessel carrying passengers, you must hold a first aid certificate of at least HLT Health Training Package, Provide first aid or an equivalent certificate determined by the National Regulator. 
  • For a vessel carrying a life raft or survival raft, you must hold a statement of attainment from a registered training organisation for completion of MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft (a unit of the MAR Maritime Training Package) or equivalent. 
  • You must tell us, in writing, of any long term or permanent medical condition that is likely to affect your ability to perform the duties to which the exemption applies. 
  • You must undergo any medical examination we consider necessary to demonstrate whether you are able to perform the duties to which the exemption applies.
  • You must not perform duties under this exemption if we consider that an examination shows that you are no longer able to perform these duties. 
  • You may resume performing the duties under this exemption if we are satisfied that a further medical examination shows that you are able to perform these duties to which the exemption applies.

We may impose other conditions based on local conditions or ones that we consider necessary for marine safety.

Legislation and incorporated material

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Superseded

Author 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

30 June 2020