In this edition
Webinar on the proposed standard for watertight and weathertight integrity
Have you got questions about the proposed new standard for watertight and weathertight integrity?
Attend our webinar on 9 March to find out about the proposed changes, what triggered the change and how to provide your feedback before the consultation closes on 28 March.
Find out more and register
A reminder to keep your float-free EPIRB dry
Once the EPIRB is exposed to water, it automatically activates via the water activation switch.
If your float-free EPIRB is accidentally activated, dry the water activation switch immediately and contact AMSA on 1800 641 792. There is no penalty for accidental activation.
What you need to know about tenders
Did you know, under the national law the definition of a tender includes those operating without a parent vessel while in a marina or mooring area. These types of operations may include work boats that perform maintenance activities around marinas or transport passengers from a wharf to moored vessels.
Learn more about tenders without a parent vessel.
Stay Afloat — community resilience grants to help commercial fishers
Applications are now open for Community Resilience Grants of up to $2000, as part of the Stay Afloat program to support and improve the mental health of those in the seafood industry.
The grants are available for seafood communities around Australia to host community-led events that support discussions on mental health, well-being and connectedness.
For more information visit www.stayafloat.com.au.
Stow it, don't throw it — all waste is harmful in the marine environment
You can help by storing and sorting all waste on board your boat, so when you’re back on shore it can be recycled and disposed of appropriately.
Don’t forget to report any marine pollution incident to help minimise damage to the environment. If you witness a vessel or seafarer polluting, or see pollution in the marine environment that you think might be from a vessel, you can make a general marine pollution report.
You can also order a free sticker for your vessel.
January 2021 incidents
There were 85 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels in January 2021. Of these, 20 were serious and 2 very serious.
Read the full report