sail-world.com -- New laws passed for formation of single maritime safety system
New laws passed for formation of single maritime safety system
Thu, 15 Nov 2012
Duncan Gay, the Minister for Roads and Ports, said the Australian Parliament have already passed new laws (Domestic Commercial Vessel National Law Application) which pave way for the creation of a single maritime safety system that will monitor the operation of commercial vessels in the country's maritime territory.
Mr. Gay says the Marine Safety Amendment (Domestic Commercial Vessel National Law Application) Bill 2012 enables the formation of a single maritime safety system to govern the operation of commercial vessels in Australian waters.
'These changes break down the maritime borders meaning a commercial vessel that complies with national standards and is certified to operate in QLD can work in NSW without additional inspection and certification,' Minister Gay said.
'Or that a vessel built in NSW can be sold and operated in any other state or territory without the need for further inspection and possible expensive modifications. These reforms were agreed to at the Council of Australian Governments in July 2009 and implementation of the national system is also a key initiative in the Government’s Maritime Policy Agenda, which I announced in August 2012.
'It ensures uniformity in standards, legislation and administration and it means greater efficiency by reducing the regulatory burden for the maritime industry.
'Current registration certificates, survey certificates and crew certificates will continue to be recognised until either these certificates expire or until 2016. As existing NSW certificates expire they will be replaced with national certificates.
'These changes will not affect the management of ports and harbours or the regulation of waterways, and it will not affect recreational vessels.
'NSW has had a significant involvement in the development of the National Law and industry has been widely consulted.
'The Boating Industry Association of NSW has lent its support as the changes would dramatically simplify the regulatory environment for all parties engaged in maritime commercial enterprises.
'It is a common sense reform and I’m pleased NSW will now formally come under the new maritime safety system when it commences in March 2013' Mr. Gay said.
Burke Marine, suppliers of international quality marine clothing and equipment, was founded by Martin Burke on the shores of Sydney Harbour in 1971. Visit our website for your nearest stockist. [More info]
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Hamilton Island Luxury Accommodation
Full range of private apartments, villas and houses on Hamilton Island. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 bedroom options available. All include buggy and island airport or marina transfers. [More info]
Multihull Solutions is Australia and New Zealand’s premier offshore and cruising catamaran and trimaran specialist, offering sales and servicing of the world’s finest multihull brands.
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [More info]
OziOpti is all about 'getting kids in boats' and the Australian company supporting the introduction to of the world’s most popular junior sailing yacht, the 'International Optimist Dinghy' [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Entries for the fourth annual Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week have opened! 4 days of racing, 5 days of fun – that is what you can look forward to from 3-7 September at Magnetic Island. [More info]
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”. [More info]