Every passenger counts

Thursday 2 September 2021
Regulatory changes aimed to improve passenger safety on domestic commercial vessels are now in effect.
Man and two children on a boat wearing lifejackets

If you operate a vessel that carries passengers, you must:

  • Include a procedure in your safety management system to ensure passengers are monitored and accounted for during a voyage. The procedure must allow the master to be able to identify how many passengers are on board at any time.
  • Include an emergency procedure in your safety management system that deals with a missing passenger.
  • Some operators will need to ensure that their procedures include a count of all passengers on board the vessel where one or more passengers embark on, or disembark from, the vessel—including when the vessel departs a landing point along the way or departs a site where passengers may have left the vessel to undertake a water activity.
  • You must also keep a record of the results of any passenger counts in the vessel’s logbook.

If you have a question about how the changes will affect your operation, you can complete our online form. Read more about the regulatory changes to Marine order 504