NSCV Section C3—Construction

The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Section C3 provides the standards for construction of vessels including the hull, decks, superstructures, deckhouses and bulkheads.

Full title 

NSCV Part C: Design and construction 

Section C3: Construction 


 NSCV Section C3: Construction – 1 April 2022 (PDF 367.76 KB) 


The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) section C3 specifies the minimum safety standards required for the construction of vessels to: 

a) withstand the loads that arise in normal operations; and  

b) survive the loads that may be encountered in abnormal conditions of operation. 

This Section shall be read in conjunction with NSCV Part B—General Requirements.  

This section applies to all vessels, other than vessels that fall within the application of NSCV Part F—Special Vessels, unless specified otherwise in Part F.  


This NSCV was updated as a result of the Omnibus amendments instrument No 1, 2021. (AMSA has made minor editorial amendments to six NSCVs to address minor issues in nature raised by industry).

 Summary of changes:

  1. In the note following clause 2.2:
  2. In clause 3.2.2 Deemed-to-satisfy alternatives to class, Table 1:
  3. In Annex C, Table C.1

The list of changes are available via the following link: NSCV Omnibus amendments instrument No1 2021 (PDF 518.45 KB).


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