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Questions raised at National System open days

9 August 2011

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More than eighty commercial mariners attended two open days in South Australia at the end of July 2011 about the proposed National System for Commercial Vessel Safety.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), in partnership with state and territory governments, is developing the national system to make it easier for seafarers and their vessels to work around Australia.

The open days, held at Glenelg and Port Lincoln, gave the commercial mariners an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback about the proposed system.

Questions were raised about the types of boats to be included in the new system, the need for consistency, and possible impact on commercial vessels.

Some concerns were raised about potential costs that may result from the reform.

Following the current consultation period, AMSA will provide a report of what they have heard.

Details on the proposed system are available from the AMSA website.

If you would like to offer feedback on the proposed changes:
· take the short online survey before 27 September
· provide a comment of make a formal submission before 27 September

For more information visit www.amsa.gov.au or phone AMSA on (02) 6279 5767.