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Safety equipment carriage standards for domestic commercial vessels (NSCV C7A)

Background to the consultation

In the process of developing this draft of NSCV C7A, we have incorporated updates to Australian and international standards and coronial recommendations, as well as valuable feedback from our community. 

Community feedback  

Since the last major amendments to NSCV C7A in 2018, we have collected feedback and used this for the development of the draft standard.  

Equipment standards   

Changes to the following Australian and International standards have been captured in the new draft of NSCV C7A:

  • Small craft - Inflatable liferafts - Part 1: Type I and type 2 (ISO 9650-1:2022)
  • Personal flotation devices Part 3: Lifejackets, performance level 150 - Safety requirements (ISO 12402-3:2020)
  • Lifejackets - part 1: general requirements (AS 4758.1:2022)
  • Global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), Part 1: Cospas-Sarsat EPIRB operating on 406 MHz - Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results (IEC 61097-2 (Ed.4.0) MOD) (AS/NZS 4280.1:2022)

Coronial recommendations

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve safety at sea, coronial recommendations in relation to fatalities on fishing vessels are addressed via informative ‘notes’ in the draft NSCV C7A:

  • Recommendation that industry place an emergency grab bag of necessary basic equipment to assist crew to exit a capsized vessel and locate the grab bag in the sleeping cabin and near the helm.
  • Revised guidance on the use of personal locator beacons (PLBs) in high-risk operations and their registration with AMSA.