AMSA Marine Notices: Revalidation of Certificates of Competency and Certificates of Proficiency and Minimising the risk of collisions with cetaceans
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have released two Marine Notices. AMCS provide the information below as an extract of the information released by AMSA. For full details, please refer to AMSA website links provided.
Marine Notice 14/2016: Revalidation of Certificates of Competency and Certificates of Proficiency
Extract: This Marine Notice draws the attention of vessel operators, masters, officers, ratings, seafarer training organisations, coastal pilots and industry organisations to the fact that many Australian certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency will expire on 31 December 2016.
AMSA notes that a large number of seafarers are yet to apply to have their certificates revalidated beyond this date and to avoid their certificates becoming invalid, AMSA strongly encourages certificate holders to not leave this until the last moment. Certificate holders should also be aware that for certificates expiring on 31 December 2016, revalidating in advance of this date will deliver a new expiry date five years from 31 December 2016, not from the date of application.
More detail about revalidation of STCW certificates are on the AMSA website in Fact Sheet STCW 06 – Applications – Revalidation of certificates and continued competence. http://www.amsa.gov.au/forms-and-publications/international/fact-sheets/Seafarers/index.asp
AMSA strongly recommends that seafarers who hold a STCW certificate complete mandatory continued competence training as soon as practical.
AMSA is also aware that certificate holders may think that applying for revalidation of a certificate that expires on 31 December 2016 early will result in their new expiry date being five years from the date of application and that doing this may leave them feeling they have been disadvantaged. AMSA advised this is not the case. Any revalidation application received before 31 December 2016 will deliver a new expiry date that is five years from the current expiry date not application date.
AMCS Course Information
AMCS offer the Revalidation and Continued Competence Refresher Training required to meet Marine Notice 14/2016. Course information is available here, or contact us on (03) 6324 9850
Marine Notice 15/2016: Minimising the risk of collisions with cetaceans
Extract: The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide guidance to shipowners, operators and seafarers to reduce the risk of collision with cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), in accordance with IMO Circular MEPC.1/Circ.674.
Ship collisions with cetaceans is an issue of growing concern internationally and with the increase in the number, size and speed of ships, the threat of such collisions may also increase.
Collisions with cetaceans can increase the risk of death or injury to both people and animals and can damage vessels, including to hulls, propellers, shafts and rudders.
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) Chapter 5, Division 3, protects whales and other cetaceans in the Australian Whale Sanctuary, which encompasses all Commonwealth waters from the three nautical mile state waters limit, out to the limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone.