AMSA update–2023 editions

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AMSA Update–February 2023

In this edition:

Additional survey reminder letters for vessel owners

Domestic commercial vessel owners will soon receive more frequent reminders to complete initial and periodic surveys. 

We are currently working on a MARS (MARitime Safety system) update that will see additional reminder letters generated for certificate of survey and Exemption 40 applications that remain open for more than three months. 

These letters will continue to be generated every three months until all surveys are completed, or the applicant opts out of receiving the reminders; and will provide applicants with greater visibility of their application status. 

Reminder letters will also be generated for overdue periodic surveys. 


Navy and AMSA join to enhance maritime operations

On 16 February AMSA Chief Executive, Mick Kinley, and Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond AM, Royal Australian Navy; signed a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the procedure for vessels moving between commercial and naval service.

The Navy currently operates a number of civilian-crewed ships, and this MOU will, in the short term, allow them to come into and out of naval service in a streamlined way.


Help shape AMSA services through user research

Join our user research community to test new or improved products, services and content. 

By joining, you’ll be invited to complete surveys and share your opinions, as well as participate in interviews, activity sessions and workshops. You can accept or decline our invitations based on your interest and availability.

The feedback you provide helps us deliver a better service to domestic commercial vessel owners and operators, and our other stakeholders.


Monthly domestic commercial vessel incident report

During January 2023, there were 104 reported incidents involving domestic commercial vessels. Of these, 22 were serious.


Planned maintenance failure leads to vessel sinking

This month’s safety lesson report demonstrates how failure to upkeep regular and well-documented maintenance procedures can lead to a vessel sinking. 

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


Last updated: 

Friday 10 March 2023