Index of marine notices

A marine notice provides important safety related information, general guidance and details about upcoming changes to legislation to the shipping and maritime community.

Marine notices have no legal standing. All current marine notices are listed below.

A marine notice that does not appear here is not current and may contain information which is no longer applicable.

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Current marine notices

Marine notice number Title Category Format
2022/14 Ensuring navigation bridge visibility Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 155.98 KB) HTML
2022/13 Guidance document for the recording operations in the oil record book part I Environment PDF (PDF 128.79 KB) HTML

Requirements for the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems in Australian waters

Environment PDF (PDF 150.44 KB) HTML


Biofouling and in-water cleaning 


PDF  (PDF 185.78 KB)


2022/10 Planned maintenance on ships Safety equipment PDF (PDF 132.22 KB) HTML
2022/09 Cessation of printed nautical publications Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 122.49 KB) HTML
2022/08 Access to shore leave for seafarers Miscellaneous PDF (PDF 149.25 KB) HTML
2022/07 Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) in Torres Strait Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 170.27 KB) HTML
2022/06 Coastal pilotage Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 221.89 KB) HTML
2022/05 Focused inspection campaign – Hours of work and rest Port state control PDF (PDF 126.5 KB) HTML
2022/04 Safe handling of hatch covers Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 193.14 KB) HTML

Pilot transfer arrangements

Safety equipment PDF (PDF 336.43 KB) HTML
2022/02 Proper stowage and securing of cargo containers Port state control PDF (PDF 681.66 KB) HTML
2022/01 MARPOL Annex V (Garbage) Discharges Environment PDF (PDF 200.29 KB) HTML
2021/10 Means of embarkation and disembarkation from ships in port Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 292.88 KB) HTML
2021/08 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 205.91 KB) HTML
2021/07 Responsible Navigational Practices Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 226.56 KB) HTML
2021/06 Fatal accidents from falling off pilot ladders on ships Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 186.43 KB) HTML
2021/05 Sanctions Miscellaneous PDF (PDF 202.89 KB) HTML
2021/03 Application of the Bunkers Convention in Australia Environmental Standards PDF (PDF 164.54 KB) HTML
2020/09 STCW seafarer certificates and certificates of medical fitness—further arrangements for COVID-19 Certification PDF (PDF 100.2 KB) HTML
2020/08 Working at height Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 161.38 KB) HTML
2020/01 Fatal accidents caused by moving elevators on ships Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 196.25 KB) HTML
2019/04 Implementation of the 1 January 2020 low sulphur fuel requirement Environmental Standards PDF (PDF 611.62 KB) HTML
2018/06 Limitation of sulphur emissions from cruise vessels while at berth in Sydney Harbour Environment PDF (PDF 189.31 KB) HTML
2018/05 Pre-loading cargo information for livestock vessels Cargoes PDF (PDF 333.65 KB) HTML
2018/04 High pressure fire-fighting systems—Design safeguards against personal injury Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 284.34 KB) HTML
2018/03 Proper stowage of cargo containers Cargoes PDF (PDF 260.57 KB) HTML
2018/02 Electronic Visual Distress Signals Miscellaneous PDF (PDF 45.12 KB) HTML

Transfer operations at sea and in coastal waters

Port State control PDF (PDF 52.91 KB) HTML
2017/13 Ship accommodation ladders with unapproved secondary means of support arrangements Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 87.71 KB) HTML
2017/12 Operation and maintenance of rescue boat outboard motors Port State control PDF (PDF 176.36 KB) HTML
2017/10 VHF marine radios with digital selective calling capability – automatic channel switching Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 45.89 KB) HTML
2016/18 Danger with the use of weighted heaving lines  Occupational health and safety PDF (PDF 300.78 KB) HTML
2016/13 Receipt of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) Safety of navigation PDF (PDF 47.61 KB) HTML
2016/10 International delivery of domestic commercial vessels and near coastal vessels operating overseas Miscellaneous PDF (PDF 78.27 KB) HTML
2016/07 Perpetual Certificates of proficiency as rating and safety training Qualifications and training PDF (PDF 1.03 MB) HTML
2016/05 Ensuring adequate waste reception facilities Environment PDF (PDF 55.63 KB) HTML
2016/04 Emergency towage capability Emergency response PDF (PDF 169.75 KB) HTML
2015/18 Failure of lifting wire ropes Cargoes PDF (PDF 60.17 KB) HTML
2015/15 Free-fall lifeboat safety Safety equipment PDF (PDF 201.18 KB) HTML
2015/07 Piracy and armed robbery against ships Maritime security PDF (PDF 645.47 KB) HTML
2014/12 Recovery of persons from the water Miscellaneous PDF (PDF 116.13 KB) HTML
2014/06 In-transit fumigation of ships cargoes Cargoes PDF (PDF 57.87 KB) HTML
2013/12 Evaluation and replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systems Miscellaneous PDF (PDF 59.79 KB) HTML

Recently cancelled marine notices

Marine notice number Title
2016/09 Vessel-helicopter operations (see Marine order 57 - Helicopter operations)
2015/09 Guidance document for the recording operations in the Oil Record Book Part I
2016/12 Asbestos on ships
2021/02 Requirements for the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems in Australian waters and reporting to AMSA
2017/14 Fitness for duty
2016/17 Maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers
2015/11 Measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping
2017/05 Regulations for air emissions from ships
2014/02 AMSA inspectors entering lifeboats
2016/03 Under Keel Clearance Management System
2015/10 Coastal pilotage
2014/08 Vessel traffic services in Australia
2020/03 Shutdown of AMSA’s differential global positioning system (DGPS) service
2020/07 Closure of the Inmarsat Fleet 77 service
2016/19 Maintenance and adjustment of magnetic compasses
2016/14 Revalidation of Certificates of competency and Certificates of proficiency
2015/17 New and revised charges for AMSA Services
2020/06 Reducing the risk of collisions at sea
2021/09 Focused inspection campaign—planned maintenance
2019/03 Pilot transfer arrangements
2021/04 Focused inspection campaign—safety of navigation
2016/06 Application of the bunkers convention in Australia
2021/01 Focused inspection campaign—livestock ships

Focused inspection campaign—Proper stowage and securing of cargo containers

2017/04 MARPOL Annex V discharges
2017/03 MARPOL Annex V garbage record book
2014/13 Means of embarkation and disembarkation from ships in port
2019/02 Responsible navigation practices
2017/07 Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports
2017/06 Official nautical charts
2016/11 Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and expected actions of bridge teams in Australia pilotage waters
2020/10 Updated: Temporary arrangements for the maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers during COVID-19 pandemic
2020/04 Maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers during COVID-19 pandemic
2020/02 Extension of standards of training certification and watchkeeping (STCW) certificates
2019/01 Global Positioning System Rollover week—06 April 2019 
2017/08 Australia’s position on de-harmonising of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate in relation to Ballast Water Management Convention compliance
2015/19 Use of pilot ladders
2015/04 Application of wreck removal convention
2015/03 Directions and refusal of access to Australian Ports
2015/02 Refurbished ‘HAMMAR’ hydrostatic release units (HRU)
2015/14 Reducing the risk of collisions at sea
2015/08 Use or carriage of heavy grade oils in the Antarctic
2016/20 AMSA's approach to STCW Convention amendments due to take effect 1 January 2017 (cancelled)
2016/16 New IMO-adopted traffic separation schemes off the south-west coast of Australia
2015/13 Establishment of Virtual AIS Aid to Navigation in Torres Strait
2015/05 Quick guide—Navigation through the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait 
2014/17 Sound navigational practices
2014/05 Pressure vessel systems—response to fatal accident
2014/03 Anchoring off Australian ports 
2013/15 Vessel traffic services—responsibilities of Authorities providing VTS 
2013/09 Application of the Navigation Act 2012 

Last updated: 

Wednesday 7 December 2022