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The Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A has been developed jointly by the United Kingdom, its relevant overseas territories and crown dependencies, and international industry representatives. The Code prescribes standards of safety and pollution prevention which are appropriate to the size and type of yacht. The standards applied are either set by the relevant International Conventions or by equivalent standards where it is not reasonable or practicable for yachts to comply.
Australia is a corresponding member of the Red Ensign Group.
Marine Order 52 does not apply to domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) or recreational vessels.
AMSA implements the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A using Marine Order 52 (Yachts and training vessels) 2022 supported by the Australian National Annex to the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A (PDF 477.52 KB) which was introduced on 1 January 2023.
Vessels built after 1 January 2023 must comply with Marine Order 52 (Yachts and training vessels) 2022.
Yachts, including large yachts, and training vessels will still have to comply with all international conventions not altered by the marine order, related to that vessel’s size and operations.
Currently certified under:
Any ship, whenever built, which is converted to a yacht or training vessel, or undergoes repairs, alterations and modifications which substantially alter the dimensions of the ship, or substantially increase the ship’s service life, shall be treated as a new vessel constructed on the date on which such conversion, repairs, alterations or modifications commenced.
Vessels that are not built after 1 January 2023 nor currently certified under Marine Order 31 (Vessel survey and certification), Marine Order 52 (Sailing ships) (PDF 441.12 KB) or Marine Order 52 (Yachts and training vessels) 2016 can apply to have their vessel certified under the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A. Operators will need to arrange a gap analysis with a recognised organisation to find out what may be required to achieve compliance.
If the vessel does not comply due to its construction or existing arrangements, AMSA may determine if an equivalent solution will be acceptable, so the vessel can then be considered compliant under the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A. Owners should liaise with their respective recognised organisation when considering a potential application for compliance.
Yachts and training vessels must still comply with the other international conventions, as relevant to the vessel’s size and operations. However the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A and the LY3 Code may be used as an equivalence arrangement under the provisions of Article 8 of the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, Regulation I-5 of the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea, and Article 9 of the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 as amended. Australia has notified the IMO of the above.
If your foreign flagged yacht, including large yacht, or training vessel arrives at an Australian port, it may – if eligible – be inspected. It is the responsibility of the owner/operator to make sure that the yacht/large yacht/training vessel is appropriately surveyed, certified and maintained. Australia has requirements for commercial vessels as required by AMSA’s marine orders.
When you are inspected, the yacht/large yacht/training vessel must follow one of the following: