AMSA released an update on the outcome of the consultation for appropriate crewing for operations under Marine Order 504. AMSA consulted on two options for changing crewing requirements to focus on empowering the operator to determine the appropriate crew for their vessel.
This option allows the operation of a vessel with the minimum crewing specified in Marine Order 504, if the operator determined that it would be safe to do so, having conducted and documented appropriate crewing evaluation.
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This options allows the operation of a vessel with the minimum crewing specified in Marine Order 504 if all of the following criteria are met:
- Smooth waters;
- No passengers;
- Voyage below 12 hours.
and the operator is determined that it would be safe to do so having conducted and documented appropriate crewing evaluation.
It is important to note that under both Option 1 and Option 2, the focus must be on putting the appropriate crewing evaluation first and foremost.
The proposed changes apply to new vessels. Vessels operating under grandfathered crewing arrangements may choose to continue to operate with the same amount of crew they currently do. Temporary crewing permits will also be available on application.
Most submissions favoured Option 1 on the basis that it provided operators with the flexibility to determine appropriate crewing, so AMSA will implement Option 1.
We will be developing new guidance on how to work out your appropriate crewing and to support you in making sure you have the right people on board to manage your risks. We are also updating guidance on safety management systems and preparing to run safety management system workshops in the near future.
A new Marine Order 504 is planned to start on 1 July 2018.