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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 or operators

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.

From 1 July 2018, we are the one point of contact for most services for domestic commercial vessels and crew.

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.

Find out how to get your vessel surveyed.

Certificates of operation

If you own or operate a domestic commercial vessel in Australia, you are required to obtain a certificate of operation before starting any operations.

Unique identifiers

Find out why your domestic commercial vessel must have a unique identifier, how to apply, or whether your vessel may be exempt.

Crew qualifications

Your crew will need to obtain the right qualifications to work on domestic commercial vessel.

Read more about certificates of competency.

Crew fatigue

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.

Read more about eporting marine incidents.

Find out how to report a pollution incident.

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.

Find out about the National Standards for Commercial Vessels.

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.

Find out about domestic commercial vessel fees and levies.

Last Updated: 

9 November 2018