Have your say on proposed changes to regulations for yachts and training vessels. 

Marine Order 52 establishes survey and certification requirements for regulated Australian vessels (RAVs) that are yachts or training vessels. 

The current Marine Order 52 gives effect to the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s 2013 Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3 Code) and the corresponding Australian National Annex to the LY3 Code. On 1 January 2019 the LY3 Code was replaced by the Red Ensign Group (REG) Yacht Code Parts A. 

The REG also released the REG Yacht Code Part B, which AMSA is not giving effect to. 

    Consultation closes on XX XXXX 2022.

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    Proposed key changes  
    • The draft Marine Order 52 and supporting draft Australian National Annex have been updated to incorporate the REG Yacht Code Part A. The REG Yacht Code Part A: 
      • further develops the industry standards set by the LY3 Code  
      • provides more flexibility and innovation in yacht design and construction  
      • includes steps to adapt to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) four-year cycle for the adoption of amendments to international conventions, to which the Code forms ‘equivalences’. 
    • The draft Marine Order 52 has also been updated to reflect current drafting practice, formatting and terminology.
    Who the changes affect 

    The changes affect any regulated Australian or foreign vessel that is a yacht or training vessel.  

    Yacht—a vessel carrying up to 12 passengers, that has a commercial use that is related to the provision of a sport or pleasure activity.  

    Training vessel—a sailing or a motor vessel carrying up to 12 passengers, and operated for a purpose that includes providing instruction on the business of the vessel in relation to:  

    • the principles of responsibility, resourcefulness, loyalty and team endeavour 
    • navigation and seamanship, marine engineering or other shipboard-related skills. 
    About the LY3 Code and the REG Yacht Code

    The Red Ensign Group developed the LY3 Code, and now the REG Yacht Code Part A, to provide an alternative means for large commercial yachts to comply with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, the Load Line Convention, the Maritime Labour Convention and the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention.   

    The LY3 Code was replaced by the REG Yacht Code Part A on 1 January 2019.  

    The LY3 Code and the accompanying LY3 Code Australian National Annex will continue to apply to vessels designed and constructed under the LY3 Code prior to 1 January 2019. The REG Yacht Code Part A and accompanying Australian National Annex will apply to vessels designed and constructed from 1 January 2019. 

    Yachts and training vessels must also comply with all other international conventions related to a vessel of its size and operations not altered by the current or updated marine order.  

     

    Resources 

    • Draft Marine Order 52  
    • Part A of the REG Yacht Code, and the associated Common Annexes 
    • Draft Australian National Annex to the REG Yacht Code Part A 
    • Summary of changes from the current Marine Order 52 to the draft Marine Order 52 
    • Summary of changes from the LY3 Code to the REG Yacht Code Part A 
    • Summary of changes from the Australian National Annex to the LY3 Code to the draft Australian National Annex to the REG Yacht Code Part A.  

     

    When will the proposed changes come into effect? 

    It is proposed the new marine order will come into effect on 30 September 2022.  

    Submit your feedback until 11:50 on XX XXXX 2022