New national system to cut red tape for commercial vessel operators, owners and licence holders

28 June 2013

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting Maritime Director Michael Wright said the agency is gearing up for its new role in the national system for the regulation of commercial vessels.

“From 1 July the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will become the national regulator for commercial vessels in the country,” Mr Wright said.

“This will simplify the existing eight systems of commercial vessel regulation into one, cutting red tape and simplifying arrangements for operators, owners and crews of commercial vessels.

“The new legislation will replace about 50 acts across the country in the eight jurisdictions.

“AMSA will become the regulator with RMS and other state and territory marine safety regulators its delegates.

”This means RMS will continue to provide a licensing service for domestic commercial vessels and their crew.

“It is expected the new system will clear up inconsistencies and barriers of trade for those travelling between state waters and bring greater economic benefits with a reduction in duplication of paperwork and requirements.

“After the new arrangements are in place, RMS will issue existing certificate holders with a national certificate at the time of certificate renewal.

“An education and communication campaign about the new arrangements has been in place since last year.

“Recently, AMSA placed ads in all major newspapers alerting readers to the upcoming changes,” Mr Wright said.

RMS has written to around 12000 commercial vessel operators and crew holding current NSW certificates. These vessels include passenger boats, houseboats, party boats, oyster punts, work boats, fishing boats and tourist boats.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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