AMSA update February 2024

In this edition:

– Eight tenders on offer for regional maintenance work on aids to navigation
– New limits of operational area in Tasmania
– Updates to Part 2 of the Surveyor Accreditation Guidance Manual
– Business opportunity opens for logistical management of heritage artefacts
– Have your say: Requirements for the carriage of industrial personnel
– Whitsundays skipper convicted of maritime and safety offences
– Have your say on our performance as a regulator Continue reading “AMSA update February 2024”

AMSA update January 2024

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published its January 2024 update. The highlights of this edition include:
– Stop pollution from domestic commercial vessels.
– Safety alert: Recommendations from the investigation into the fire onboard passenger vessel Conception.
– Changes to Marine Order 27.
– Monthly domestic commercial vessel incident report.
– Passenger vessel collision with unseen submerged rock. Continue reading “AMSA update January 2024”

BIA and AIE join forces to support apprentices

The Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) has announced a partnership with the Australian Institute of Engineering (AIE)
The Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) has announced a partnership with the Australian Institute of Engineering (AIE)

The Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA) has announced a partnership with the Australian Institute of Engineering (AIE) aimed at enhancing support for boating industry businesses in regional areas, improving access to apprentice training.

“In our collaborative efforts to date with AIE, we’ve seen success in supporting training of apprentices in South Australia, addressing a historical scarcity of opportunities,” said BIA CEO Andrew Scott. “By establishing a formal partnership with AIE, our goal is to extend this success to other member States as part of our commitment to promote education, skills and jobs.”

AIE employs a well-proven hybrid approach, incorporating online and in-person training Continue reading “BIA and AIE join forces to support apprentices”

Counterfeit pilot ladders warning issued by AMSA

AMSA issues warning of counterfeit pilot ladders
AMSA issues warning of counterfeit pilot ladders

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued as Pilot Advisory Note advising coastal pilots and pilotage providers about the existence of counterfeit pilot ladders and associated certification. In March 2019, one of AMSA’s Port Marine Surveyors identified a pilot ladder onboard a vessel which appeared to be non-compliant with the pilot transfer requirements. The associated inspection certificate presented at the time of the AMSA inspection, suggested that the ladder was made by Qingdao Good Brother Marine Life-Saving Appliance. Continue reading “Counterfeit pilot ladders warning issued by AMSA”

Cape Northumberland Lighthouse restored after birds eat stonework

Cape Northumberland Lighthouse has been restored
Cape Northumberland Lighthouse has been restored

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has completed a major capital works project to restore the historic Cape Northumberland Lighthouse, located near Port MacDonnell in South Australia. AMSA has invested $2 million to restore the lighthouse in response to a unique set of circumstances after local birds, attracted by the high salt content of the stonework, excavated and consumed parts of the historic structure, necessitating a comprehensive refurbishment. Continue reading “Cape Northumberland Lighthouse restored after birds eat stonework”

AMSA Board to commence search for new CEO

CEO Mick Kinley recently informed the Board and staff that he will finish his role at the end of his current term
CEO Mick Kinley recently informed the Board and staff that he will finish his role at the end of his current term

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Board has confirmed it will conduct a search for AMSA’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). CEO Mick Kinley recently informed the Board and staff that he will finish his role at the end of his current term. AMSA Board Chair accepted Mr Kinley’s decision and confirmed a search for Mr Kinley’s successor will commence early in the new year.

“On behalf of the entire AMSA Board and staff, I want to thank Mr Kinley for his dedicated service,” AMSA’s Board Chair said. Continue reading “AMSA Board to commence search for new CEO”

Lithium-ion battery safety: A series of fires on recreational vessels have been linked to lithium-ion battery powered devices

Lithium-ion battery safety is in the news following a spate of fires.
Lithium-ion battery safety is in the news following a spate of fires.

Lithium-ion battery safety is in the news again. Responding to this emerging safety issue for boat owners, Nautilus Marine Insurance has interviewed a panel of independent experts for an article within the latest issue of Nautilus Marine Magazine to share their technical advice.

Commenting on the lithium-ion battery safety initiative Lyndon Turner, CEO of Nautilus Marine Insurance and Publisher of Nautilus Marine Magazine, said that “Nautilus Marine Insurance sees the safety of boat owners as our number one priority. We recognise the desire of boat owners and those in the wider marine industry Continue reading “Lithium-ion battery safety: A series of fires on recreational vessels have been linked to lithium-ion battery powered devices”

Marine Order 12 revision by AMSA effective from January 1st 2024

Revised AMSA Marine Order 12 effective from January 1st 2024
Revised AMSA Marine Order 12 effective from January 1st 2024

Following public consultation, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a revised Marine Order 12 (Construction — subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations) which is effective from 1 January 2024.

Marine order 12 implements internationally consistent standards for construction of vessels in relation to subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations, and additional requirements for Regulated Australian Vessels that are offshore supply vessels. Continue reading “Marine Order 12 revision by AMSA effective from January 1st 2024”

Ensuring safe access to Australian domestic commercial vessels

AMSA has published a safety alert to raise awareness of the risks involved with getting on and off Australian domestic commercial vessels
AMSA has published a safety alert to raise awareness of the risks involved with getting on and off Australian domestic commercial vessels

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published a safety alert to raise awareness of the risks involved with getting on and off Australian domestic commercial vessels. Accessing a vessel while at berth is a routine activity and is sometimes taken for granted. The requirement for safe access can be overlooked, particularly where there are limited berthing options, or a vessel is only berthed for a short period. Failing to provide safe access can result in serious risk to people. This is heightened by bad weather or extreme tidal variations. Under the Australian National Law, the owner and master are responsible to ensure the safety of people boarding a domestic commercial vessel. Continue reading “Ensuring safe access to Australian domestic commercial vessels”

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