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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 of age
  • hold a statement of attainment from a registered training organisation for the following units of competency:
    • MARF001, MARF002 and MARF004, or 
    • Their equivalents MARF027, MARF028 and MARF029
  • have completed at least 100 hours of sea service
  • meet the medical and eyesight requirements
  • hold a Basic boiler licence (MSABLIC001) or a licence to operate a standard boiler issued by a state or territory
  • pass a final assessment.

Task books

To work on any vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power less than 750 kilowatts you must have completed a task book determined by us.

To work on a specific vessel that has steam as its main method of propulsion with propulsion power less than 750 kilowatts, you must have:

  • completed the tasks that the person conducting the final assessment considers necessary, and
  • have the completed tasks endorsed by the 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. 
  • For a vessel carrying a life raft, you must have completed Survival at sea using survival craft training (MARF005 or its equivalent MARF030).
  • You must tell us, in writing, of any long term or permanent medical condition. 
  • You must undergo any medical examination we consider necessary. 
  • You must not perform duties if we consider that an examination shows that you are no longer able to perform these duties. 
  • You may resume performing the duties 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 restrict you to a specific vessel, and impose other conditions based on local conditions or ones that we consider necessary for marine safety.

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Author 

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Last Updated: 

17 September 2019