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Focused inspection campaign—safety of navigation

This advice is for ship owners, operators and masters. The Safety of Navigation Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) will run from 1 August 2021 to 30 September 2021. The campaign will apply to foreign flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels (RAVs) arriving at Australian ports.


The purpose of the focussed inspection campaign is to determine: 

  • the level of compliance with the safety of navigation requirements of International Conventions.
  • the familiarity of the master and officers with their processes for ensuring safety of navigation.

Inspection process

AMSA surveyors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port or flag State control inspection. Any port State control deficiencies will be reported to regional port State control databases.  

We encourage ship owners and masters to familiarise themselves with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V, Australian Marine Order 27 and their safety management systems implemented onboard. 

Inspectors will complete a checklist when conducting focused inspections so that we can collate and report on the outcomes.

Outcome of the focused inspection campaign

The results of the FIC will be analysed at the conclusion of the campaign, and a report will be published on our website.

Last updated: 

Monday 19 July 2021