Superseded generic equivalent solutions for the national standard

As the national standard is updated, generic equivalent standards (GES) are being superseded.

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 generic equivalent solutions (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.

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

As the national standard progresses, the GES will be updated. There are a number of GES which have been superseded. These superseded GES are provided for your information only. To view the current versions please visit the equivalent solutions for the national standard.

GES Number


Previous edition


GES 2016/17

SOLAS liferafts equivalent to coastal liferafts

December 2016


GES 2016/16

Construction of vessels from polyethylene

July 2016


GES 2016/15

Extra low voltage bilge pumps

August 2016


GES 2016/14

Highly visible colours

February 2016


GES 2016/13

Arrangement of submersible low voltage bilge pumps without manifold

February 2016

January 2017

GES 2015/11

Capacity of open reversible life rafts when used as buoyant appliances

January 2016


GES 2015/12

Operational wave height for high speed craft

September 2015


GES 2017/09

Use of buoyant storage devices on domestic commercial vessels

September 2015

January 2017 - waiting approval

GES 2015/03

Alternative criteria for towing stability assessment

May 2015


GES 2015/02

Compass adjustment for C,D and E waters

February 2015


GES 2015/01

Carriage of first aid supplies on domestic commercial vessels

February 2015


GES 2014/04

Regulatory requirements for inflatable and rigid inflatable boats

November 2014

January 2017

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’

November 2014


GES 2014/02

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

May 2014


GES 2014/01

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

January 2014

December 2016

GES 2010/04

Thermoplastic fuel tanks

February 2014


GES 2010/02

Use of AS4132 for construction of vessels using FRP or aluminium

February 2014

July 2016

Circular 2010/02

Non-destructive testing procedure for ultrasonic propeller shaft inspection

February 2014


GES 2010/01

Exhaust systems

February 2014


Circular 05-01

Tinting of navigational space windows

June 2014


Last updated: 20 December 2017
Last reviewed: 20 December 2017