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Have your say on draft revised boat building standard

Standards Australia have announced that the draft version of AS1799.1:2021 - Small craft, Part 1: General requirements for power boats is now open for public comment. This standard was last reviewed in 2009.

AS1799.1 covers craft up to 15 m in length used as recreational boats. It sets out requirements for maximum load capacity, maximum persons capacity and maximum power capacities and includes methods for determining reserve buoyancy and flotation. The standard also covers stability, fire protection, and other safety aspects.

AS1799.1 does not apply to boats used exclusively for racing, nor to canoes, kayaks, inflatable boats, rigid inflatable boats, yachts or auxiliary yachts.

The review brings the standard up to date to reflect current practice and provides clarity for parts in the current version that could be misinterpreted.

Boatbuilders, and/or persons who are considering entering the boatbuilding industry, as well as marine dealers and competent persons involved with issuing Australian Builders Plates for recreational boats are particularly encouraged to view the draft standard and provide comment if so inclined.

The public comment period ends on 30 April 2021.

To view and have your say on the draft standard you will need to register and set up a password.

2021 Gold Coast PWC safety campaign

During 2021 Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) will be coordinating a major safety campaign focused on Personal Watercraft (PWC) activities around the Gold Coast. The campaign will include targeted education, engagement and enforcement activities aimed at reducing the number of PWC related marine incidents and injuries in Gold Coast waters. With new registrations of PWCs increasing at more than 6 times the rate of recreational ship registrations in the Brisbane maritime region over the last 5 years, MSQ is committed to engaging PWC owners and masters to ensure they understand PWC laws and safe operating practices. Enforcement activities in Gold Coast waters will focus on licensing, freestyling, speed and distance off requirements.

The MSQ Enforcement Guidelines explain the range of actions that are classified as a safety priority during this campaign. People breaking the law can expect monetary penalty infringements. To brush up on the rules and regulations visit our PWC safety pages.

Buoy Mooring Online Payments are here!

Our customers have been asking for online payment options for buoy mooring fees for some time, and we are pleased to say that from January 2021, online payments are here!

Customers will now be invoiced for occupancy/renewal fees, which provides BPAY and BPOINT online payment options in addition to being able to pay at one of our offices, or sending a cheque/money order through the mail. 

Find out more about Buoy moorings.

Marine pollution response preparedness: Exercise 'Cremer'

In February 2020 MSQ conducted a multi-jurisdictional ship-sourced marine pollution response exercise in Mackay to help ensure Queensland is prepared to respond in the event of an incident, such as an oil spill.

Find out more about Exercise Cremer.

War on Wrecks

As at end of February 2021, Maritime Safety Queensland, along with partner agencies and owners, have removed 761 wrecks and derelicts from Queensland waters. With around 355 additional vessels identified either as derelict or at risk of becoming derelict, we will continue to remove these rotting, unseaworthy and derelict vessels from our bays, rivers and creeks.

Find out more about the War on Wrecks.

BoatSafe program review

Thursday 1 October 2020 will see the reviewed BoatSafe Business Rules come into effect for our BoatSafe trainers. This review has streamlined the management documentation for trainers. It has also provided clarity around the competency expectations for those boaties looking to get their RMDL and PWCL. Each student will be given the opportunity to individually demonstrate their competence driving a boat or personal watercraft.

Find out more about the review of BoatSafe.

Superyacht Buoy Mooring in Brisbane River

In recognition of the economic benefits provided by superyachts and their associated industries, Maritime Safety Queensland is trialling a superyacht buoy mooring in the Brisbane River.

Find out more about the proposed superyacht buoy mooring trial

Shipping in the Great Barrier Reef

One of the Queensland Government's key priorities for the community is the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Protecting the environmental, social, and economic value of the Great Barrier Reef drives many of the Queensland Government’s environmental policies and activities.

In line with this, Maritime Safety Queensland is seeking feedback on 2 initiatives:

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