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Safe crewing (manning) for vessels
We are responsible for ensuring that regulated Australian vessels are safely crewed* and that adequate hours of work and rest are managed to minimise fatigue.
The Navigation Act 2012 provides us with the powers to make a crewing determination for a regulated Australian vessel.
If your vessel is less than 3000 gross tonnage it may be eligible for a separate minimum safe crewing document for near coastal and international operations.
Definition of safe crewing
Minimum safe crewing is the level of crewing that will ensure that a ship is sufficiently and effectively resourced to provide:
- safety and security of the ship
- safe navigation and operations at sea
- safe operations in port
- prevention of human injury or loss of life
- the avoidance of damage to the marine environment and property
- the welfare and health of seafarers through the management of fatigue.
Seafarer certificates and qualifications
Seafarers may only perform duties on a vessel if they have a certificate which permits them to do so. The duties a certificate permits the holder to perform are listed in Schedule 1 of each of the following marine orders:
- Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014
- Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014
- Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014
- Marine Order 74 (Masters and deck officers—yachts) 2015
If your vessel meets the following criteria:
- Length is less than 80 meters,
- Total propulsion power is less than 3000 kilowatts, and
- Operates exclusively within the Australian exclusive economic zone (EEZ),
AMSA may determine that the vessel can be safely crewed with seafarers holding near coastal certificates of competency. The duties permitted for near coastal certificate holders are outlined in Marine Order 505.
Additionally, seafarers with near coastal certificates of competency, forming part of a near coastal crewing determination, must also hold a Certificate of Safety Training (COST) in accordance with Marine Order 70.
If your regulated Australian vessel is crewed with seafarers holding domestic seafarer certificates you must take into consideration that these seafarers may not have completed all of the STCW short courses required for service on the vessel.
Apply for or review a minimum safe crewing document
- complete an Application for a minimum safe crewing document form 93
- email it to RAVCrewing@amsa.gov.au including supporting documents.
Fees are payable for minimum safe crewing applications. Appendix 4: Schedule of fee-based charges (amsa.gov.au)
All crewing queries and requests should be addressed to RAVCrewing@amsa.gov.au.