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National Standard for Commercial Vessels becomes law

30 September 2011

national qualifications New qualifications under the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV Part D), which has been developed over the past few years was, was incorporated into the Harbors and Navigation Regulations on 22 September.

The new standard for deck and engineering qualifications is part of the State’s preparation for the introduction of a national regulator (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) in 2013.

It introduces higher safety standards and includes some advantages for commercial mariners.

Holders of the qualification will more easily be able to get recognition to work in other states and the Master 5/Skipper 3 has now been combined allowing holders to work on both fishing and trading vessels. The operational area for this certificate has been increased from 100 nautical miles (nm) offshore to 200nm.

All new NSCV qualification must be either renewed or revalidated every five years to ensure holder’s remain medically fit and maintain current experience and competencies.

Holders of the existing Uniform Shipping Law certificates (USL) are encouraged to work towards qualifying for a Part D certificate of competency. A process has been developed to assist some USL Code certificate holders with the transition, which may include recognition of previous training, experience and qualifications.

For more information contact the qualifications team on 8348 9506 or email DTEI.CMSQualifications@sa.gov.au