Domestic commercial vessel owner or operator
If you own or operate a domestic commercial vessel, there are a number of practicalities you will need to consider, including keeping your vessel and crew trained, safe and compliant.
Vessel owners and operators must make sure vessels are compliant with Australian standards and regulations. Mandatory safety requirements must be fulfilled and there are certain fees and levies which you must pay.
Transition to a national system
From 1 July 2018, we are the one point of contact for most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew.
Read more about about the transition to a national system for domestic commercial vessel safety.
Regular vessel surveys
You will need to organise an accredited marine surveyor to inspect your vessel on a regular basis to prove you are compliant with Australian legislation and safety requirements.
Certificates of operation
When operating your vessel, you have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of everyone onboard your vessel. This includes having the right safety equipment, emergency procedures and ensuring the safety or your crew.
Find out about managing crew fatigue and read our guidance on appropriate crewing for domestic commercial vessels.
Reporting an incident
When you are operating your vessel in Australian waters, there are a number of environmental laws you will be subject to. We implement pollution reporting requirements under MARPOL protocols and have domestic legislation to support its implementation. If your vessel is involved in, or observes an incident of ship sourced pollution, you must report it.
National Standard for Commercial Vessels
The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) sets standards for vessel design, construction, equipment, operation and crew competencies for domestic commercial vessels.
These standards include medical supplies and tools that you are required to have on your vessel.
Fees and levies
There are a number of fees and levies you will need to pay as an owner or operator of a vessel. Make sure you know which fees you need to pay as these will depend on the size, type and operations of your vessel. You may also need to pay levies which support the maintenance and upkeep of aids to navigation and our response to pollution incidents when they occur.