Load line certificates
All ships over 24 metres in length, other than fishing vessels, must obtain a load line certificate.
Under Marine Order 507 (Load line certificates—national law) 2013 all ships over 24 metres in length, except fishing vessels, must obtain a load line certificate. In addition to fishing vessels, vessels operating solely on the basis of the maximum number of passengers permitted to be carried being a smooth water vessel, or partially smooth water vessel as also exempt from requiring a load line certificate.
You can apply for a load line certificate by submitting an Application for a certificate of survey form 521 to us. A load line certificate is usually issued for 5 years, unless your certificate says something different.
How to be eligible
To be eligible for a load line certificate you must:
- pay any fees relevant to your vessel and application
- make sure your vessel complies with the following parts of section 7 of the USL code in relation to weathertight and watertight integrity and the marking of load lines and associated marks:
- 2: conditions of assignment
- 3: structural strength and stability of vessels
- 4: initial survey
- 5: calculations and assignment of freeboards
- 6: marking of load lines associated marks
- 7: periodical surveys and inspections
- make sure your vessel has been inspeted for compliance requirements under the USL code
- ensure we are satisfied that your vessel is compliant with the requirements under the USL code
- you have submitted to regulation inspections of your vessel each time a periodic survey inspection is carried out on your vessel
- you have met any other conditions we have set for you under Marine Order 507 (Load line certificates—national law) 2013.
How to apply
Apply for a load line certificate by submitting an Application for a certificate of survey form 521 to your local marine safety agency. A fee may be charged.
Varying a load line certificate
We will vary a load line certificate if you meet one of the following conditions:
- the information on the load line certificate is no longer correct
- the vessel has been modified, sold, or damaged.
We can make the decision to vary a load line certificate on our own initiative if:
- we become aware that a vessel has been significantly altered, damaged or sold
- we consider that any of the information mentioned in the ceritficate is no longer accurate.
Suspending a load line certificate
If you apply for a suspension of a load line certificate, we must act to suspend it for you upon processing your application.
We can make the decision to suspend your load line certificateif we are satisfied that the suspension is necessary for any of the following purposes:
- ensuring unpaid fees are recovered
- ensuring necessary repairs are made to a vessel
- we consider it to be necessary in the interest of marine safety or protecting the environment.
Apply for a variation, suspension or revocation
You can apply for a variation, suspension or revocation of your load line certificate. This application must be made by the owner of the vessel.
To apply for a variation, suspension or revocation of your load line certificate, submit a Notification of a change to, or request replacement of, a certificate form 539.
You can apply to voluntarily suspend, revoke, or transfer a load line certificate if you need to. To voluntarily suspend, revoke or transfer a load line certificate, submit an Application to voluntarily suspend, revoke or transfer a certificate form 600. You will be required to pay the relevant fees when you submit your notification to your local marine safety agency.
You can read more about offences in Divison 4 of Marine Order 507 (Load line certificates—national law) 2013.