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Generic equivalent solutions for the national standard

Generic equivalent solutions (GES) are being introduced to support the updated national standard.

The national standard for commercial vessels is being progressively introduced to replace the Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USL Code). As technology changes and improves, other solutions are available for meeting the standard. These are known as GES. They are available to address situations that may be outside the original scope of the standard, but will achieve the necessary outcomes to be compliant.

The GES will assist vessel owners, operators and accredited marine surveyors in their work.

GES provide alternative ways to meet the national standard for commercial vessels. GES are made to facilitate innovation, modernisation and emerging technologies. You can apply a GES to your vessel during design or construction or once the vessel is operating. 

GES Number

Title

Applicable Standard

GES 2017/09

Use of buoyant storage devices on domestic commercial vessels

NSCV C7A

GES 2016/16

Construction of vessels from polyethylene

NSCV C3

GES 2015/12

Operational wave height for high speed craft

NSCV B, F1A, F1B & F1C

GES 2015/03

Alternative criteria for towing stability assessment

NSCV C6A

GES 2015/02

Compass adjustment for C, D and E waters

NSCV C7C

GES 2015/01

Carriage of first aid supplies on domestic commercial vessels

NSCV C7A

GES 2014/04

Regulatory requirements for inflatable and rigid inflatable boats

MO503

GES 2014/03

Application of ISO 12217 Part 2 ‘small craft  stability and buoyancy assessment and categorisation  sailing boats of hull length greater than or equal to 6 metres’

NSCV C6A, C6B and C6C

GES 2014/02

Use of simplified stability criteria decked and open vessels less than 7.5 metres length carrying passengers to sea

NSCV C6A

GES 2014/01

Window design and installation for vessels up to 35 metres in length

NSCV C3

GES 2010/02

Use of AS4132 for construction of vessels using FRP or aluminium

NSCV C3

Circular 2010/02

Non-destructive testing procedure for ultrasonic propeller shaft inspection

NSAMS 4

Circular 05-01

Tinting of navigational space windows

USL Code 5C and 5D

Superseded GES are available for information.

Last updated: 13 February 2018
Last reviewed: 13 February 2018