Historic Day for Maritime Industry

New national laws which regulate the safety of ships and seafarers and ensure shipping is conducted in a manner which protects Australia’s precious marine environment come into effect today.

The Navigation Bill 2012 and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 are the biggest reforms to Australia’s maritime sector in more than a century.

The National Law Bill provides a national approach to commercial vessel maritime safety replacing 50 pieces of state and federal legislation with one national law.

The National Law Bill also establishes the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as the single national maritime regulator. 

From today, seafarers no longer contend with seven different marine regulatory systems.

New laws aim at a single set of rules for maritime operations, licensing, registration, design standards and seafarer education for domestic commercial vessels, to reduce “red tape,” to improve protection of marine environment, and allow the maritime industry to operate across state and territory borders freely. 

The Navigation Act 2012, which also commences today, replaces a century old Navigation Act 1912 with a regime of contemporary industry practice.

The Navigation Act provides a range of new measures to ensure maritime safety compliance including increased financial penalties for non-compliant vessels, exclusion of vessels from Australian ports with poor inspection histories, and on the spot infringement notices for marine order offences.

More information on these reforms and the National Maritime Safety Regulator is available at www.amsa.gov.au



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