AMSA update—2022 editions

The 2022 editions of AMSA update are available for your reference.
Queensland passenger safety information sessions

AMSA UPDATE – April 2022

In this edition


Every passenger counts—attend a passenger safety information session

We are running information sessions focusing on passenger safety and compliance with Marine Order 504. The sessions are open to all owners, operators and crew of domestic commercial vessels. This is not only an opportunity to learn about passenger headcount requirements but to learn more about safety management systems and ask questions of AMSA.

New South Wales sessions: 

  • 9 May 16:30-18:30 – Coffs Harbour – AMSA office boardroom.
  • 10 May 17:30-19:30 – Port Stephens – Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club.
  • 12 May 16:00-18:00 – Sydney – Drummoyne Sailing Club.

Queensland sessions:

  • 5 May 17:00-19:00 – Townsville – Coastguard Headquarters.

Please register to attend here.

How to prevent inadvertent activations of your float-free EPIRB  

We have detected several inadvertent float-free EPIRB activations due to incorrect mounting, storage and washing down vessels. 

It is important to know how to avoid and what to do if your float-free EPIRB inadvertently activates. 

Read more

Have your say on safety management

Do you own or operate a small commercial vessel? Tell us about your experience with developing and implementing a safety management system for your operation. You have a unique operation and practical experience gained over years of working on the water.

Below is a link to a survey which will help shape a future, simplified approach to safety management for small commercial vessel operators under the National Law.

We welcome your feedback

New simplified risk assessment guide

AMSA developed a new simplified risk assessment guide for small domestic commercial vessel operations such as net or line fishers, or tour guides. 

This guide will take you through four simple steps to identify the unique hazards of your operation, the risks associated with those hazards, how to control those risks, document and review them

Access the new simplified risk assessment guide here

SMS workshops in Port Stephens and Sydney

AMSA is running free workshops on safety management systems (SMS) for commercial fishers in Port Stephens on the 11th of May, and in Sydney on the 12th of May 2022. 

The workshops will explore the development and implementation of effective SMS for commercial fishing operations. 

An SMS is a tool to enhance operational safety through incident prevention and adaptation and help build safety culture among crew. It is also a legal requirement to have an SMS. 

Details for the workshops: 

9 May 9:00 -11:00 – Nelson Bay Bowling and Recreation Club, Nelson Bay.

12 May 9:00 -11:00 – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport.

Register for the workshops online.

Changes to temporary operations without a certificate of competency

Eligible domestic seafarers can continue temporary operations for up to 90 days if they have completed training and assessment and applied for their CoC with AMSA. This will allow them to start performing the duties allowed under the certificate while they wait for it to be issued. 

Find out more

Building gender equality in the maritime sector

Studies show that investing in women is the most effective way to advance communities, companies, and even countries.

With women representing just 1.2% of the global seafarer workforce, AMSA is proud to proactively support an increase in female participation in the maritime industry.

With this aim in mind, AMSA is supporting the IMO’s inaugural International Day for Women in Maritime to be celebrated on 18 May this year.

Learn more

Construction barge safety – workshops scheduled in May 

We are running a safety education campaign focused on construction barge operations. Registrations are open for new workshops in Brisbane, Gladstone, Sydney and Fremantle in May. 

These workshops will be presented in partnership with the local workplace health and safety agency and anyone who owns, operates or works with construction barges is encouraged to come along.

Visit the campaign hub on our website where you will also find a range of practical advice and a printable risk assessment safety checklist.

Register now to attend.

Monthly marine incident reports

Every month we share an overview of a domestic commercial vessel incident investigation and the safety lesson you can learn to prevent a similar incident occurring on board your vessel.  

This month’s report examines an incident where a 15-metre landing barge capsized while transiting from Great Mackerel Beach to Pittwater north of Sydney. At the time of the incident, the landing barge was carrying a truck and four crew.

Read the Safety Lessons from Marine Incident Investigation report. 

In March 2022, there were 65 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels. Of these, 13 were serious and 1 very serious.

Read the full report

Last updated: 

Friday 6 May 2022