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Have your say on changes to Marine Order 27

Monday 4 September 2023

Have your say on proposed changes to Marine Order 27 – relating to safety of navigation and radio equipment

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We want your feedback on the proposed changes to Marine Order 27 (Safety of navigation and radio Equipment) (MO27). 

MO27 relates to navigation safety measures and equipment, radio equipment, and danger, urgency and distress signals and messages.   

The proposed changes include: 

  • incorporating amendments to SOLAS Chapter IV ‘Radiocommunications’ from IMO Resolution MSC.496(105), noting there are no resulting changes to carriage requirements  
  • incorporating amendments to SOLAS Chapter V ‘Safety of Navigation’ from IMO Resolution MSC.496(105), noting there are no resulting changes to carriage requirements 
  • updating SOLAS requirements, including their application to regulated Australian vessels and foreign flagged vessels   
  • removing Schedule 2 IMO Resolutions 
  • minor updates to Schedule 3 GMDSS equipment for vessels to which Chapter IV of SOLAS does not apply 
  • removing Schedule 4 Station frequencies for GMDSS distress and safety communications 
  • including mandatory registration of EPIRBs on regulated Australian vessels (RAVs) 
  • including penalty units for turning off some equipment, including Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) 
  • updating definitions, including EPIRB, qualified compass adjuster and NAVAREA X 
  • revision of formatting and terminology to reflect current drafting practice. 

Consultation on MO27 is open for four weeks. We invite you to provide your feedback until 8 October 2023. 

Read more about the changes and tell us what you think.

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