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Recognition of overseas document of compliance

Where an overseas Company operating outside of Australia operates and/or manages Australian Registered Vessels from their overseas office, or through a subsidiary Australian office, then AMSA may recognise the Company DOC for the ship type as issued by either of the following:

  1. one of AMSA recognised IACS members on behalf of the relevant overseas Administration
  2. the relevant overseas administration.

The company should submit its safety management system manual to AMSA, for review.

Upon recognition of the oversea issued company DOC by AMSA, AMSA will issue a letter of approval confirming the recognition with any applicable requirements or special conditions as follows.