Notice of intention to load livestock (AMSA Form 32)


Use this form to provide notice of intention to load livestock from a port in Australia.

Marine Order 43 requires a ship's master to notify AMSA in writing of the intention to load livestock.

How to complete this form

You will need to:

  • report ship, voyage and livestock details (including the estimated duration of the voyage)
  • submit this form to us at least 72 hours before the vessel starts loading.

You can include separate attachments if you run out of room on the form.

Note: The estimated duration includes the time for livestock to load and discharge.  

Short voyages - less than 24 hours

For a short voyage you must also provide details of the means of containment. Provide this information as per MO43 Division 14 Short voyages

Vessels with an Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock (ACCL) 

Vessels with an ACCL must confirm if the following are in full working order:

  • equipment
  • machinery
  • arrangements essential for safe operation of ship
  • livestock services
  • secondary power services.

Livestock vessels with ACCL must also provide: 

If the vessel is loading or discharging in more than one port, provide these details for each port.

Submitting the form

Send a copy of your completed form to:

  1. Surveyor in charge
    The nearest AMSA state and territory office to the Port of loading (contact your local ship agent for details).
  2. Manager Ship Inspections
  3. Livestock Export
    Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

After submitting the form

Submit a master’s report for completed livestock voyages of more than 24 hours. 

More information

Information to provide to the attending Surveyor

The attending AMSA Surveyor will review:

  • Stability calculations for the departure, transit and arrival of the ship. (Submitted to AMSA for acceptance before the preload inspection.)
  • The loading plan including cargo weight and number of livestock for each pen as per ASEL v3.2.
  • The master’s report, inclusive of the mortality rate for the last voyage.
  • Evidence that the fodder has a combined oil and moisture content of no more than 15%. 
  • Evidence of emptying and cleaning the fodder storage tanks within the last 90 days.
  • Records of the disposal of animal carcases during the last loaded voyage.
  • Records for the operation of the onboard freshwater production (RO plant) for livestock for the last 2 months.

The Australian Government uses information from these reports to:

  • check the livestock carrying performance of ships
  • provide details for monitoring the livestock shipping industry
  • conduct research.

Contact us

Direct questions about this form to your nearest AMSA office.  Contact your local ship agent for this information. 

Last updated: 12 July 2023