Urgent COVID-19 Announcement

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our trainees and staff, AMC Search (AMCS) is operating a COVID-Safe campus aligned with the protocols and procedures established by the University of Tasmania. This includes automatic screening for on-campus trainees and visitors, enhanced hygiene and social distancing controls.     

Border controls might impact your training if you are planning on travelling to Tasmania to train at AMC Search. 

For up-to-date information about Tasmania's border controls please visit the Tasmanian Government website.   

AMSA Extensions

Due to the pandemic AMSA have taken steps to allow the holders of: 

  • seafarer certificates; and
  • certificates of medical fitness;
  • to continue to perform duties even if the certificate expires during the period between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.

As a result, AMSA has issued exemptions that:

  • enable the holders of all AMSA-issued seafarer certificates, endorsements and certificates of medical fitness to continue performing duties beyond the expiry of those certificates; and
  • enable owners and masters of ships to permit holders of the above certificates to continue performing duties.

Duration of AMSA arrangements

The arrangement that applies to a specific certificate is dependent on the expiry date of that certificate:

  • holders of seafarer certificates that expired between 26 March and 31 July 2020 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force for a period of 12 months from the expiry date of the certificate; and
  • holders of seafarer certificates that expire between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force until 31 July 2021.

There is no requirement for a vessel owner, operator or seafarer to make application to AMSA for the above measures to apply.

However, AMSA advises strongly that those seafarers who meet the eligibility requirements for revalidation of their seafarer certificate and have the ability to make an application, are strongly encouraged to apply to revalidate their certificate before it expires, or as soon as possible after that date.

Please visit the AMSA website for instructions on how to apply for an extension.