Risk management in the National System
The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (the National Law) provides a single national framework for ensuring the safe operation, design, construction and equipping of domestic commercial vessels (DCVs).
The National Law imposes safety duty obligations on owners and masters of DCVs to ‘so far is reasonably practicable’ ensure the safety of their vessels, marine safety equipment that relates to the vessel, and the operation of the vessel.
DCV owners and masters must implement and maintain Safety Management Systems (SMS) on their vessels to comply with their statutory safety obligations. Documented SMS are one way in which DCV owners can demonstrate that they comply with the SMS requirements of the National Law.