AMSA compliance plan focuses on inspection efforts and safety management systems

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released its National Compliance Plan (NCP) for the 2024-25 financial year, with inspection efforts a key focus area due to an increase in deficiency and detention rates.

AMSA Acting Executive Director of Operations Chris Barber said NCP priorities were informed by data and trends to ensure resources were targeted where they were needed the most.  

“Port State control ship inspection data has shown an increase in both deficiency and detention rates from 2022 to 2023, so we will focus our inspection efforts on those vessels considered higher risk,” Mr Barber said.

“There is room for improvement, and we will not tolerate sub-standard shipping.

“Poor planned maintenance and inadequate emergency preparedness have also been identified as issues.”

Mr Barber said the NCP further detailed the key focus areas for compliance activities relevant to domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) and the marine environment.

“On the domestic front, we’ll be focussing on changes to safety management system provisions, including simpler requirements for smaller vessels, which better reflect the risk profile of these operations.

“This will cover issues including fatigue management, dangerous goods, and emergency plans, to minimise the risk of injury to crew and passengers. It follows the consultation currently underway related to proposed changes to safety management systems.

“Our data suggests that there is also a need for continued compliance focus on lifejacket wear and risk assessment requirements.

“We’ll be addressing both emerging and ongoing issues to improve maritime safety and environmental outcomes.”

View the NCP:2024-25 on the AMSA website:



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