AMSA update—2021 editions

The 2021 editions of AMSA update are available for your reference.

In this edition

Seafarers, we are listening

International Day of the Seafarer was on 25 June 2021. This year we celebrated the vital role of seafarers in the fight against COVID-19 and the sacrifices they make to deliver essential services.
We are sharing the stories of some of our employees, who started their careers at sea. Read more.

AMSA scholarships helping build skills in the maritime industry

Congratulations to the 2021 AMSA Excellence in Maritime Policy Scholarship recipients, Andrew Herring and Megan Reinwald. The post-grad students were awarded the scholarship for their academic excellence, leadership potential and commitment to maritime safety. Read more about the recipients and AMSA’s scholarship program.

Fees for domestic commercial vessel safety services are changing

The updated fees will apply from 1 July 2021 for domestic commercial services including certificates of survey and operation, permits, exemptions, unique vessel identifiers and seafarer certificates of competency. Updates to fees for services under the surveyor accreditation scheme will also apply.
AMSA has adjusted domestic fees annually since 2018 as a requirement under the National Law. Read more.

We are reviewing the registration details of all vessels listed on the Australian General Shipping Register

This is an important process undertaken by AMSA to ensure the register contains current information and continues to serve its purpose. If you are the registered owner of a vessel listed on the register, you will need to confirm that your vessel’s registration details are correct and if not, request updates to the vessel’s registration details as required. Read more.

Recovering from a hook-up

It is important to ensure that your trawler is properly prepared for a hook-up before you leave port.
Mark Millward is an experienced Queensland prawn and scallop trawl fisherman. Mark has built trawlers using his practical understanding of vessel stability factors important to trawling. He explains how to prepare a trawler in port so that it is ready to recover from a hook-up. Watch the video now.

APPLY EARLY for your certificate renewal

Over the next 6 months, many certificates of operation and certificates of survey will be due for renewal. Apply early and make sure there is time for your application to be processed before your current certificate expires. Read more.

Make sure you have your float-free EPIRB

There are no more excuses for not having a float-free EPIRB installed on certain types of domestic commercial vessels. We now expect vessels to meet this potentially lifesaving requirement. If your vessel is required to have a float-free EPIRB and you are yet to install one, contact your local supplier now. Remember, all EPIRBs must be registered with AMSA. Penalties will apply. Find out more.

May 2021 incidents

There were 60 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in May 2021. Of these, 22 were serious. Read the full report.

AMSA Update—May 2021

In this edition

Apply early for your certificate renewal

Over the next 6 months, many certificates of operation and certificates of survey will be due for renewal. Apply early and make sure there is time for your application to be processed before your current certificate expires. We will send reminder notices three months prior to the expiry date by post, but we encourage operators to apply early. Read more

NOx emission requirements for marine diesel engines on domestic commercial vessels 

As a part of global measures to reduce harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, marine diesel engines with a power output of greater than 130kW must comply with NOx emission requirements.  
To assist affected owners and operators comply with the requirements, we are working on amendments to Marine Order 97—Marine pollution—Prevention, expected to be implemented in late 2021 following consultation with industry. Until then, vessel owners may operate under a new Exemption 44—Marine Safety (Domestic commercial vessels – EIAPP certificate) Exemption 2021. Read more.

We are talking safety to Indigenous communities 

Over the next few months, we’ll be working with traditional inhabitant boat (TIB) operators in the Torres Strait regions to promote safe boating practices by educating and assisting operators on how to assess and manage risks while on the water. Find out more.

Know the risks on board your tender

All commercial tender operations must have either their own Safety Management System (SMS) or be included in their parent vessel's SMS. Being prepared and knowing the risks of your tender operation can help minimise the potential for something to go wrong. Learn how to develop an SMS for your tender operation

Reminder—get in early to renew your STCW certificates 

We are encouraging seafarers with STCW internationally-recognised Certificates of Competency, Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Safety Training, which are due to expire between November 2021 and February 2022 to kick-start the revalidation process early. Read more.

April 2021 incidents

There were 82 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in April 2021. Of these, 33 were serious and 1 very serious. Read the full report

The new ANZSBEG website is now live!

The Australian New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group (ANZSBEG) was established in 1994 following a national review by AMSA into safe recreational boating. The new ANZSBEG website hosts informative safety resources and guidance information for the recreational boating community. Take a look here.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 30 June 2021