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Safety equipment commercial and fishing ships

The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV), part C, subsection 7A defines safety equipment standards for the different classes of commercial and fishing vessels.

All owners and operators are reminded that safety equipment must be stowed:

  • so it is easily accessible and easily seen
  • where it is clearly marked with the type and number of devices stored in that location
  • not directly above machinery space or other high risk spaces on board
  • so it can be operated during an emergency situation in a timely manner.

Vessel owners and operators may make a written application to Maritime Safety Queensland, as a delegate of the National Regulator for domestic commercial vessels, to demonstrate they can meet the required safety standards through an equivalent solution. If approved, the equivalent solution must be shown on the vessel’s operating certificate.

Note: Existing Queensland registered class 1F hire and drive ships and unregistered fishing ships less than 10m in length (operating before 1 June 2009) can continue to apply the Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USL Code) requirements under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004. These ships can choose to comply with the newer NSCV standards applicable to their operational requirements. However, it is recommended that when existing equipment becomes irreparable, unserviceable, incapable of being restored to its original working condition or has reached the end of its serviceable life (as stated by the manufacturer), it is replaced with equipment specified in the NSCV.

More information on national standards is available from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

If you are unsure of the safety equipment requirements for your commercial vessel, contact Maritime Safety Queensland.

Last updated
08 January 2015