New Marine Order 52 (Yachts and training vessels) from 1 January 2023

Wednesday 21 December 2022
On 1 January 2023, Marine Order 52 (Yachts and training vessels) 2022 will come into effect.
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Marine Order 52 (MO52) establishes survey, maintenance and certification requirements for regulated Australian vessels (RAVs) that are yachts or training vessels.  

In August 2022, we consulted on the proposed changes. The consultation report is now available. 

The new MO52 incorporates the Red Ensign Group (REG) Yacht Code Part A and the accompanying Australian National Annex. The REG Yacht Code Part A updates the REG Large Yacht Code (known as the LY3 Code) and: 

  • further develops the well-established industry standards of the LY3 Code  
  • adopts more from industry best practice and provides more flexibility and innovation in yacht design and construction  
  • provides equivalence arrangements for large yachts, under the provisions of the International Convention on Load Lines 1966, the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (STCW), and 
  • applies to yachts designed and constructed after 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. 

 Yachts, including large yachts, and training vessels will still have to comply with all international conventions not altered by the marine order, related to that vessel's size and operations. 

Marine Order 52 does not apply to domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) or recreational vessels. 

Find out more about Marine Order 52.

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