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You have a domestic commercial vessel—what you need to do to operate it
The following requirements must be in place, unless you have an exemption:
- a unique vessel identifier, which must be displayed on the vessel
- a certificate of survey
- a certificate of operation
- a safety management system
- a certificate of competency for each crew member.
A certificate of survey demonstrates that your vessel meets the specific design, construction, stability and safety equipment standards required for the vessel.
- If you have a new vessel, request a Unique vessel identifier.
- Find an Accredited marine surveyor to conduct a survey inspection.
- Apply for a certificate of survey, exemption or other permits.
2. Your vessel operations
To obtain a certificate of operation you must provide details of the vessel used in your operation as well as details of how and where you intend to operate it.
- Check what exemptions may apply.
- Apply for a certificate of operation, permit or exemption.
- Prepare a safety management system.
You must also have a safety management system in place, even if the vessel is exempt from the requirement to have a certificate of operation.
3. Your crew
To work on a vessel you will usually require a current certificate of competency or an exemption allowing you to work. A registered training organisation (RTO) can advise you of your training requirements and the best courses to fulfil your needs.
- Contact a registered training organisation and complete the required course.
- Sit an examination through the training organisation or AMSA—high complexity qualifications.
- Apply for a certificate of competency. Read domestic qualifications.