Commercial marine

Certificates of survey and operation

Since July 2013 all domestic commercial vessels in Australia are regulated under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessels) National Law Act 2012, the National Law.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the National Regulator of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety, you can get the latest news about proposed changes from their website and subscribe for monthly updates.

Each State and Territory Marine Safety Agency is a delegate of the National Regulator. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), is the South Australian Marine Safety Agency responsible for the day-to-day operation of the National System under delegation from AMSA.

National System update from AMSA

From August to October 2016 AMSA consulted with industry on proposed methods of cost recovery under the National System (to take effect once AMSA assumes service delivery).

The consultation report on the proposed methods of cost recovery under the National System outlines the response of industry members towards the proposed levy models and the fees for services.

Feedback from industry clearly indicated that it is supportive of a National System but is not receptive to the levy proposals put forward. As a result of this feedback, the Transport and Infrastructure Council extended the timeline for AMSA assuming service delivery of the National System until 1 July 2018.

AMSA is committed to working with industry partners on a way forward, and will provide regular updates as information becomes available.

The Vessel Unit

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Vessel Unit, provides advice on domestic commercial marine matters and assists with processing application forms for:

  • National certificates of survey and operations
  • Scheme NS (Non Survey) vessels and vessel related exemptions.

Getting certificates of survey

Certificates of survey are issued to 'Scheme S' domestic commercial vessels. Find out if your vessel meets the criteria of Scheme S.

Certificate of survey for new vessels

Vessels which are going to be built, are under construction or have never been issued with a national certificate of survey are new vessels.

The Vessel Unit will issue a certificate of survey for new vessels on completion of the following:

  1. The vessel plans have been approved by an AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor or others, as approved by the National Regulator AMSA.
  2. The vessel has been inspected by an AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor and all defects or repairs to the vessel have been rectified.
  3. The Vessel Unit has the following documents:
  4. Full payment of applicable fees to DPTI. Please contact the Vessel Unit for information relating to fees.

Certificate of survey for existing vessels

Vessels which have a current State or national certificate of survey are existing vessels.

The Vessel Unit will issue a certificate of survey for existing vessels when the existing certificate of survey expires, not on completion of an interim inspection.

  • For national system vessels on the NSAMS five year survey cycle, the certificate of survey will be issued on the fifth year.
  • For national system vessels covered by State grandfathering arrangements, a certificate of survey will be issued when the most recent certificate expires.

The Vessel Unit will issue a certificate of survey for existing vessels on completion of the following:

  1. The vessel has been inspected by an AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor and all defects or repairs to the vessel have been rectified
  2. The Vessel Unit has the following documents:
  3. Full payment of applicable fees to DPTI. Please contact the Vessel Unit for information relating to fees.

Arranging vessel surveys and inspections

From 1 July 2015, vessel owners and operators requiring a vessel survey or inspection in South Australia will need to engage an AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor.

To assist you in preparing your vessel for inspection, please use the AMSA online tool to determine the standards and requirements that apply to your vessel and operation.

The AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor you engage to inspect your vessel may require records and information which is currently held by the Vessel Unit, DPTI.

For DPTI to lawfully release this information to a third party, you must compete and submit the AMSA Form 664 - Information Release Authorisation to the Vessel unit, who will provide the requested information to the authorised AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor/s.

Reminder notices for vessels previously issued with a certificate of survey by DPTI

Reminder notices will be sent to vessel owners two months prior to the next inspection due date.

This service will be provided on a temporary basis, it is recommended that you arrange with your chosen AMSA Accredited Marine Surveyor to monitor future inspection due dates for your vessel.

New Scheme Non Survey (NS) vessels

Please refer to AMSA Exemption 2 Marine Safety (Certificates of survey) Exemption 2015 to find out if your vessel meets the criteria of Scheme NS.

The Vessel Unit will process Scheme NS applications on completion of the following:

  1. The vessel meets the criteria of AMSA Exemption 2 particularly in relation to level floatation requirements.
  2. The Vessel Unit is in receipt of a completed Application for approval of a new scheme NS vessel (AMSA form 579).
  3. Full payment of fees to the Vessel Unit. Please contact the Vessel Unit for information relating to fees.

Certificates of Operation

Some domestic commercial vessels are required to have a Certificate of Operation. The Certificate of Operation identifies the kinds of operations and areas of operation for one or more vessels. If your vessel meets the criteria of AMSA Exemption 3 235 KB, then you are not required to apply for a Certificate of Operation.

The Vessel Unit will process Certificate of Operation applications on completion of the following:

  1. The Vessel Unit is in receipt of a completed Application for certificate of operation for a domestic commercial vessel (AMSA form 504)
  2. Full payment of fees to the Vessel Unit. Please contact the Vessel Unit for information relating to fees.

Related information

On this site

For information relating to the services provided by DPTI for national Certificates of Competency, please visit Marine Qualifications or contact the team on 8164 1276 or  8164 1295.

Contacts

Vessel Unit, Marine Operations

Street Address:
13 Kateena Street
Regency Park
South Australia 5010

Postal address:
PO Box 2526
Regency Park
South Australia 5942

Phone: 1300 885 793
Fax: 8115 5536
Email: DPTI.CommercialMarineServices@sa.gov.au

AMSA

For more information about the National System, including guidance notices and application forms, please visit the AMSA website or contact AMSA on (02) 6279 5000 (select option 3).


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Page last updated 29 November 2016

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