Increased Audits of Class 1 vessels 

If you run a passenger vessel it’s highly likely that AMSA will be visiting you more frequently. There are recent changes to requirements for these vessels- don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need expert and specific advice to keep you compliant and operational. 

1 July 2018 Has Passed!

AMSA are now the single national regulator. If you need help with the new regime call us any time.

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New and Updated AMSA Standards and Marine Orders Released

Some good work from the AMSA standards and legislation team has just been released.

The Fire Standard C4, a perennial nightmare to apply has been re-cast and looks pretty decent.

There is some good news on transitional standards application which could simplify bringing  vessels into new areas of operation without  having to completely re-design and rebuild them.

Here’s the link to the Standards- you will find the others in the new-look AMSA website under their applicable sections.

Negotiating these legal and tech standards can be a bit confusing- if you get stuck call us on 1 300 89 95 96 and we will link you with one of our  friendly experienced surveyors who will be happy to help you.

Human Factors Design Capability

With the addition of Dr Apsara to our team we have acquired a world-class capability to assist clients with HF/HCD.

Capabilities include:

  • The ability to conduct HF/HCD analysis of ship designs using Usability Heuristics underpinned by software such as Human CAD- applying Apsara’s cutting edge findings from her recent PhD research at AMC.
  • The capacity to conduct HF/HCD analysis of other designs and work spaces for example AUV launching and recovery modules, Offshore workspaces etc.
  • Perform link analysis/ergonomic analysis of design drawings and provide recommendation whether the drawings comply with available HF design guidelines and criteria.

If you are designing vessels of any size and need cutting edge HF/HCD input we would love to join your team. Contact Adam on 0417 544 339 for a confidential discussion.

This was sent to Commercial Operators in Sydney on 6 September from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)…….

Withdrawal of RMS Surveyor Survey Inspections from 1 January 2018

We will be writing to our vessel operators this week to update them on the transitional arrangements for periodic survey services, which are currently provided by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Beyond 1 July 2018, RMS will transition all survey and certification services to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). In preparation for the full transition, RMS surveyors will cease provision of periodic vessel survey inspections on 31 December 2017. However, RMS will continue to issue certificates, reminders and receive periodic survey reports from surveyors between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018.

From 1 January 2018, operators will only be able to use either a private accredited marine surveyor or an AMSA recognised organisation (such as an IACS approved Classification Society) to complete their periodic vessel survey inspections.

Operators do not need to wait until 1 January 2018 to begin using the services of a private accredited marine surveyor for periodic surveys that are due in the interim. There are a number of surveyors operating in NSW, however you are not limited to using a surveyor that is located in the State or Territory where your vessel is located. All accredited marine surveyors are able to work throughout Australia.

Under the new process, operators will be required to engage a private AMSA accredited marine surveyor or a recognised organisation to complete your periodic survey inspection. Fees for the periodic survey inspection will be payable directly to the accredited marine surveyor or recognised organisation.  The fees charged for periodic survey inspections by private accredited marine surveyors or recognised organisations are not regulated.

Hayley Ablott

CVAG Secretariat

Industry and Environment | Maritime

NSW BIA and Commercial Vessel Association Members Announcement

BIA members in NSW recently were sent a Kedge flier with special domestic commercial vessel survey price offers for BIA members. Roads and Maritime RMS will not be providing survey services in NSW after 1 January 2018 so please don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 89 95 96 so we can ensure that your surveys are done where and when you need them, to avoid business interruption or inconvenience. Once we have served you you will never want to use another survey company!