Newsletter of the National Marine Safety Committee • Issue 28 • July 2008
To ensure that the study represents Australian
boating, NMSC is inviting owners and operators of
In this issue…
• Volunteers to Improve
Volunteers all types of recreational craft including runabouts,
ski/wake boats, cuddy, half or full cabin cruisers,
Boating Safety to Improve sailing boats, jet skis and personal watercraft to be
part of the study.
• NSCV Into Law
• NMSC/AMIF Join The National Marine Safety Committee is putting the
Forces call out to boaters around the country, asking them to 1 A one-off anonymous survey that asks general
questions about your boating behaviour.
• Conference Hailed A register now for the National Boating Usage Study,
Success the first long term diary study of its kind in the world. 2 A Boating Diary, which you will be asked to
briefly fill in each time you go boating.
• ISO Meetings in Oz NMSC CEO Ms Maurene Horder explained that To register, please fill in the enclosed flyer or register
they are aiming to attract at least 4000 volunteers on-line at www.nmsc.gov.au.
• Tips on Navigation to participate in the 18 month study. Recruits will
Lights Released be asked to fill in a diary each time they go boating
Sample Diary Page
between September 2008 and May 2010. Day of the Week (eg Sat)
• Training in When did you start your trip (1)
Application of the “A key area for marine safety research and policy Total number of hours spent on the
NSCV development is determining how the amount of time Where was your boating trip located
spent boating is linked to incidents.
• Fatalities Study How did you access your boating
Informs Policy “We are encouraging volunteers to register during Purpose of the trip? (4)
Decisions August to ensure that they will be able to participate Where did you go? (5)
once the study begins in September.” Number of people on board?
• Lloyds Rules for Number of Adults on board?
Marine Agencies Volunteers will be provided with regular study
Number of Child <12 years on
updates, exclusive product discounts and chances to board?
• Communications win great boating and fishing prizes including a $100 Number of Youth 12-18 years on
Equipment standard discount on Club Marine boating insurance and a 40% Was your boat involved in an
published discount to Yaffa marine publications. incident?
• Amendments to
NSCV into Law
some of the construction and equipment sections of
standard the NSCV approved before 2008. Together with the
legislative introduction of NSCV sections by individual
• Navigation The National Standard for Commercial Vessels has jurisdictions, this means that the structural fire
Equipment standard reached another major milestone, with some sections protection, engineering, life-saving appliance and fast
approved now officially forming part of the USL Code. craft requirements of the NSCV will apply throughout
• Under Development The amendments to the USL Code, which bring into effect Australia from October, with only minor variations in
the Combined USL/NSCV 2008, were published in the some jurisdictions.
Commonwealth Government Gazette on 11 June 2008. The Combined USL/NSCV 2008 is on the NMSC website
The Combined USL/NSCV 2008 brings into force together with explanatory material to assist users.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
NMSC/AMIF Join Forces
National Marine Safety Committee members met with the Australian
Now Open for Public Marine Industries Federation’s board after the NMSC meeting in
Comment: Brisbane on Tuesday 15 July. AMIF and NMSC agreed to work
NSCV C2 Watertight and closer together on marine safety initiatives such as the Australian
Weathertight Integrity Builders Plate, including the development of communications to
and NSCV F2 dealers and builders on complying with the ABP.
www.nmsc.gov.au AMIF CEO Sherry Donaldson, NMSC Chair Neil Aplin, NMSC CEO Maurene Horder and
AMIF President Barry Jenkins get together prior to the joint AMIF/NMSC meeting.
Conference Hailed ISO Meetings in Oz
A Success The 2009 International Organisation for Standardization’s (ISO)
Plenary Meeting will be held in Australia in May next year, just
Education, product innovation, safety standards, training and prior to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
research were just some of the topics “on the table” during
the Marine Safety Conference held in Adelaide from the In conjunction with the meeting, NMSC plans to hold a series of
26 – 29 May. technical seminars for industry and marine agency staff, to take
advantage of the presence in Australia of international ISO experts.
The conference attracted more than 300 delegates who heard
forty-one speakers lead discussions on a wide range of technical ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International
and operational matters. Standards. The ISO standards for small craft are referenced in
Sections of the NSCV, as well as in the ABP standard.
NMSC CEO and organiser Maurene Horder explained that the
conference not only provided the latest marine safety ideas, but Further details of the technical seminars will be released later
it also facilitated business opportunities and networking between this year.
government and industry.
“We had a wide variety of delegates attend from both the
recreational and commercial arenas, from boat designers through
Fatalities Study Informs
to operators and suppliers, as well as educators and trainers and
those from the
volunteer sector.” The Boating Fatalities in Australia 1999 – 2004 Report, a national
analysis of fatal injury due to boating in Australia recently published
by the NMSC, will inform decisions on marine safety policy and
products, At the release of the report at the recent Marine Safety Conference
generating 2008, NMSC CEO Maurene Horder told delegates that boating
significant fatalities present a tremendous loss and strain on families and a huge
business sales cost to the community.
and leads for Anthony Baxter and Alisdair Hainsworth of the
Australian Bureau of Meteorology manning the
“Between 1992 and 2004, boating fatalities cost the Australian
exhibitors.” BOM booth community $60 million per year and by this year the total cost may
exceed one and a half billion dollars.”
Ms Horder explained that combined with information from the earlier
National Assessment of Boating Fatalities in Australia 1992-1998
Report, the NMSC now has comprehensive data on boating fatalities
for the past 12 years.
“The two studies show that 574 people died in Australian waters
between 1992 and 2004, an average of 48 people per year, 48 people
too many in my opinion.”
• Fatalities - 241 people died in 196 boating
incidents between 1999 and 2004,
and 33 people were
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Education Group members have developed
“Tips for Installing Navigation Lights” that apply to power boats less
than 20 metres. For a copy go to the NMSC web site or
Training in Application of the NSCV
NMSC is coordinating a national education
program to explore the practical aspects of the
implementation of Sections of the NSCV that
take effect on 1 October 2008.
More than 50 participants attended a
workshop held on 29 May in conjunction with
the Marine Safety Conference in Adelaide.
The workshop delivered an introduction to
the performance-based nature of the new
requirements. Senior technical staff from the
NMSC secretariat and jurisdictions worked
through the application of Part B – General
Requirements of the NSCV and Part C,
Section 4 – Fire Safety to actual vessels and
NMSC will conduct further workshops on
a range of NSCV Sections in 2008 and
2009 and a list of dates and venues around NSCV workshop delegates in Adelaide in May.
Australia will be circulated shortly.
• Environmental Conditions - Most of the incidents occurred Lloyds Rules for
in favourable environmental conditions (77% occurred in calm to
NMSC and Lloyds Register signed a ground-breaking
• Incident Events – The sequence of events resulting in a boating agreement in April that supports the recently published
death was initiated most often by capsize of the vessel (19%), a NSCV Part C Section 3 Construction, under which the use of
person falling overboard (10%) or swamping of the vessel (11%). Lloyds Rules is recognized as a deemed to satisfy solution.
When all significant events were considered, a fall overboard was
the most common event (33% of the events noted). Capsize was Under the agreement, marine agencies will receive copies of
responsible for 16% of all incident events. These results were the main Lloyds Rules and Regulations, Special Service Craft
similar to the first fatality study. (SSC), Inland Waterways and Timber Yacht Rules as well as
training in the use of the Rules. The Secretariat will also be
• Contributing Factors able to supply copies of the software associated with the SSC
• The initial contributing factor in 74% of incidents was a human Rules and the Lloyds Rulefinder at a discounted price to
cause, mainly alcohol, (21%) or an error of judgement (10%). marine agencies.
The top five were error of judgement, alcohol, failure to keep The first two training sessions are planned for Queensland in
a proper look-out, hazardous wind and/or sea conditions and September and involve a 3 day course on the SSC Rules for those
failure to wear a PFD. involved with plan approval. Further courses will be tailored to
• Personal Flotation Devices - People can double their chances the needs of those associated with vessel inspection surveys.
of surviving just by wearing a personal flotation device. These courses will form part of a larger training program on
• Vessel Type – 81% of vessels were for recreational purposes and different Sections of the NSCV, to be implemented around
19% were commercial vessels, mainly commercial fishing boats. Australia over the next two years.
Dinghies continue to be the most common type of vessel involved An interpretation service will also be established to provide
in fatal incidents (36%). formal national interpretations of Lloyds Rules as they apply
• Vessel Power - There was an apparent large increase in the under NSCV Part C Section 3.
frequency of overpowered and overloaded vessels. (When
considered against the Australian Standard AS 1799 method for
calculating the maximum engine power for existing vessels, which
is known to be conservative 74% of the vessels in which some-
one was killed were overpowered).
• Vessel Operator - People killed in boating incidents are older
than observed in the first fatality study. (48% of operators were
aged over 50 years compared to 36% in the first study.)
For further details, visit
Lloyds Register’s Australasian General Manager Glenn Cobb and NMSC’s CEO
Maurene Horder signing the agreement.
Communications Equipment Two Issues Papers Released
Standard Published For Public Comment
The new standard for NSCV C7B – Communications Equipment was Watertight and Weathertight Integrity
endorsed by the Australian Transport Council (ATC) in May.
An issues paper for NSCV C2 – Watertight and Weathertight Integrity has
The national standard provides vessel operators with a whole range of been released for public comment.
smart technology options that can be taken up according to a particular
vessel’s area of operation – or Class. It also includes references to the Issues raised in the paper include whether the standard should be
requirements for on-board communications equipment specified in other developed from scratch or whether Classification Society rules or the
parts of the NSCV. International High Speed Craft code should be used as a basis. Comments
close on 15 September 2008.
Significantly, the requirements for EPIRBs (distress beacons) have been
moved from the general safety equipment standard (NSCV C7A) into this
new communications standard. The general safety equipment standard will
cross-reference the move by amendment.
Amendments to those parts of the Uniform Shipping Laws (USL) Code to do
with the licensing of radio operators or operators who are maintaining radio
watches are being made to the other relevant sections of the NSCV – with
references to these parts retained in this new standard.
Amendments To Safety
Amendments have been made to NSCV C7A – Safety Equipment as a result
The Queenscliff Ferry on a test voyage (no passengers) across the stormy Heads in
of the newly-introduced Communications Equipment standard (see story Sydney Harbour in 2007. The new watertight and weathertight integrity standard will
above). The amendments are listed in the published standards section of address safety issues for construction and design standards to meet a range of operating
conditions. Photo source: Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Revision of ‘Hire and Drive’ Standard
An Issues Paper on NSCV F2, revising USL Code Section 18 has been
Standard Approved released for public comment. The Paper considers the special requirements
The final standard for NSCV C7C – Navigation Equipment has been that apply to ‘hire and drive’ boats including those engaged in traditional
approved by the NMSC and will soon be ready for submission to ATC (all activities – for example, houseboats, off-the-beach boats and day-outing
Ministers) for endorsement. boats – or newer activities, such as off-shore bareboat chartering, hiring a
boat on a trailer and jet ski hire.
The standard responds to rapidly changing technology in the navigation
equipment area, and specifies minimum performance-based requirements Comments close on 22 September 2008.
for navigation equipment in relation to the Class of Vessel, its length and
The drafting of a new standard for NSCV C6B – Buoyancy and
Stability after Flooding is nearing completion.
The draft standard for NSCV Part D – Crew Competencies is still Marine Safety Queensland, will be presented to the next meeting of
under review before its release for public comment. the ATC for approval.
The revised Guidelines on Marine Pilotage, developed by NMSC in Details of all published standards and draft standards out for public
conjunction with the Australian Marine Pilots Association and comment can be found on the website: www.nmsc.gov.au
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