THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority is changing the way it works, with the National Maritime System becoming its one point of contact from 1 July 2018.
The Authority will move to a “full national service delivery model” which is intended to make it easier for operators, crew architects, surveyors, and others involved Australian seafaring to maintain safe vessel and operating practices.
In addition, the new regime means that there will be one set of fees and one set of safety rules throughout Australia.
Through the new National Maritime System, owners of commercial vessels operating in Australia will be required to report incidents directly to AMSA.
Also, there will be a simplified vessel survey regime with greater flexibility and alignment to other vessel maintenance.
For a full run-down on the impending changes, see AMSA’s website.