New tenders generally entered commercial service from 1 July 2013.
- A newly built tender
- A previously recreational vessel that commences work as a commercial tender
- An old tender that was not being used in the two years prior to 30 June 2013
New tenders need to comply with three key requirements:
1. Design, construction, equipment and inspection requirements
Owners of new tenders must:
- Obtain approval for a non-survey vessel under Exemption 02 (unless the tender is human powered).
- Comply with the design, construction and equipment requirements in National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part G, and any other conditions applied to your approval.
- If the tender has a parent vessel with a certificate of survey–ensure that it is inspected whenever the parent vessel is surveyed.
Alternatively, a tender owner can elect to obtain a certificate of survey and comply with NSCV Part C.
Read more about non-survey vessels.
2. Certificates of operation and operational requirements
Most tenders do not require a certificate of operation with four options available:
- List the tender in the parent vessel’s certificate of operation, or
- List the tender in the parent vessel’s safety management system, or
- Be exempt from a certificate of operation under Exemption 3 if the tender is human powered or operates in sheltered waters, or
- Have its own certificate of operation.
A tender must be either covered by its parent vessel’s safety management system or have its own safety management system. Either way, a new tender must operate with appropriate crewing.
3: Displaying a unique vessel identifier (UVI)
There are four options for displaying a UVI on a tender:
- Display the words ‘Tender to’ followed by the name or UVI of the parent vessel.
- Display the UVI of the parent vessel followed by ‘- T’.
- Display the name of the owner of the vessel followed by the word ‘Tender’.
- Obtain and display a UVI for the tender.
Read more about UVIs and how to apply for one.