Vessels in commercial use in Australia that require a Certificate of Survey and Operation must have regular survey inspections to ensure that they are compliant with National Standards.
The initial survey process consists of an initial survey (inspection) which is undertaken on new vessels, or vessels being used in a manner requiring survey for the first time. Vessels are surveyed for compliance, with applicable National Safety Standards.
Once an initial survey is complete the vessel is issued with a Certificate of Survey and Operation This is normally issued for five years at a time, with various survey milestones listed therein.
To keep the Certificate of Survey and Operation current or to renew the certificate, most vessels must undergo an inspection to assess whether the vessel still complies with the Uniform Shipping Laws Code or National Standard for Commercial Vessels.
It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the survey inspections are booked before the due date listed on the certificate, to avoid suspension of the vessel.
Although the certificate is issued for a period of five years, periodic yearly fees must be paid to keep the certificate current.
The periodic survey takes into account, but is not limited to, the following:
- Seaworthiness of the vessel
- Life saving appliances
- Fire fighting appliances
- Safety Management System