Marine Order 54 (Torres Strait Draught Variation) – Exemption 2021
This exemption is for AMSA-licensed coastal pilots and pilotage providers.
It applies specifically to the transit of vessels through Torres Strait.
What this exemption will allow you to do
Marine Order 54 (Torres Strait Draught Variation) – Exemption 2021 enables AMSA-licensed coastal pilots to pilot a vessel through Torres Strait with a maximum draught up to 12.5 metres.
The exemption is subject to certain conditions, including that the vessel must have:
- an active UKCM system transit plan for the whole time the vessel is within the Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system monitoring area
- a complete hard copy of the activated UKCM system transit plan onboard for the intended transit
- a fully functioning type-approved Class A Automatic Identification System (AIS) onboard.
No changes have been made to the minimum distance required between the bottom of the vessel and the seabed for vessels transiting Torres Strait (as prescribed in Marine Order 54 (Coastal pilotage) 2014).
Legislation and incorporated material
Marine Order 54 (Torres Strait draught variation) – Exemption 2019 (No.3) (PDF 2.11 MB) - In force 1 July 2019
Marine Order 54 (UKCM system compulsory usage draught limit) – Exemption 2018 (No.5) (PDF 366.11 KB) – In force 27 September 2018
2 December 2021