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                             Newsletter of the National Marine Safety Committee • Issue 26 • January 2008

                          Hayden wants skippers to take the lead
In this issue…                                                                                   Australian sporting icon, test cricketer Matthew Hayden
                                                                                                 feels that he has a personal responsibility to pass on the
• Hayden wants                                                                                   lessons that he has learnt first hand about marine safety.
  skippers to take
                                                                                                 Matthew, who has again donated his time as
  the lead
                                                                                                 spokesperson for the NMSC’s 2007/08 summer
• Planning for the                                                                               campaign - “Lifejackets – Skippers Take the Lead”, is
                                                                                                 keen to motivate skippers to wear lifejackets and ensure
                                                                                                 their passengers do the same.
• Marine Safety                                                                                  “When you go out boating, and I have been in this
  Conference 2008                                                                                same mindset, it’s easy to think “oh, nothing is going to
                                                                                                 happen today, so the “x” factor gets removed.”
• Speakers will focus
                                                                                                 “This campaign gives me the opportunity to demonstrate
  on safety initiatives                                                                          that not only do incidents happen, they happen really
                                                                                                 quickly and you have people’s lives at stake,” referring
• Farewell and Welcome     Pictured launching the Matthew Hayden ‘Skippers Take the Lead ‘
                                                                                                 to the day a few years ago when his boat hit a wave,
  to IAC                   campaign, Industry Advisory Committee Chair Hume Campbell also
                           recounted his corporate and personal experience in recommending       capsized and sank off North Stradbroke Island.
• Anchor tests prove       the wearing of lifejackets.
                                                                                                                                        Continued on page 2
  anchor right

• Collaborative
  relationship supports   Planning for the future
  marine standards        National Marine Safety Committee and Industry                          “It is vital that we develop our strategic priorities
                          Advisory Committee members joined industry                             for the next five years, and I would like to thank all
• New navigation          representatives for a strategic planning session                       participants for their valuable and insightful feedback.”
  standard is on course   in Sydney in December as the first step towards                        Time was spent reviewing the context in which
                          developing a 2008-2012 Strategic Plan.                                 the NMSC operates as well as its capabilities.
• NMSC takes crew
                          NMSC CEO Maurene Horder explained that the NMSC                        Aspirations and strategic priorities for the next five
  qualifications                                                                                 years were discussed. This will be submitted to all
                          was close to completing the key priorities contained
  standard on the road    in its 2003-2008 Strategic Plan.                                       Ministers for endorsement.
• Technical Advisory
  Panels help                                                                                       Marine Safety Conference 2008
  interpret standards                                                                               Adelaide 27-29 May
                                                                                                    Showcasing marine safety initiatives
                                                                                                    and innovations
                                                                                                    • Hear about the latest developments
                                                                                                      in marine safety and sustainability
                                                                                                    • Choose from a variety of session streams
                                                                                                    • Visit some of Adelaide’s key
                                                                                                      maritime industry sites
                                                                                                    • Great opportunity to network with
 !                         NMSC Members and representatives at the round table…pictured
                                                                                                      decision makers and professionals
                                                                                                      from the industry
                           in view clockwise from front: Brian Hemming, South Australia; Brian
 HAVE YOUR SAY!                                                                                     • Exhibit your business or become a
                           Riches, Victoria; Frank Jarosek, NMSC Project Manager; Brad Groves         conference sponsor
The draft National         (AMSA), Mick Kinley (AMSA), Peter Hollister (AMG Secretariat),
Standard for Commercial    Werner Bundschuh (Queensland); John Dikkenberg (NSW) and Mark            For more details see inside, go to www.nmsc.gov.au,
Vessels(NSCV) Part C,      O’Leary (Queensland)                                                     call (02) 9247 2124 or email: secretariat@nmsc.gov.au
Subsection 7C and the
RIS are out for public
comment now.
                          NMSC wishes all readers a happy and safe 2008.
Continued from page 1
Matthew had taken fellow cricketer Andrew Symonds and friend Trent         Mr Aplin praised Matthew as “a wonderful role model” and explained
Butler out fishing, when in a matter of minutes; they found themselves     that the campaign was informed by the results of the PFD Wear Rate
in the water without lifejackets on.                                       Study 2007.
It took the trio an hour to swim to shore, battling currents, crashing     The study, undertaken by marine safety authorities and the Monash
waves and eventually, shock and exhaustion.                                University Accident Research Centre, recorded PFD wearing on powered
The campaign was launched in Sydney recently by NMSC Chair                 recreational vessels from 116 locations in Queensland, New South
Neil Aplin, in conjunction with the PFD Wear Rate Study 2007. The          Wales, South Australia and Western Australia during the 2006/07
campaign runs for the 2007 – 2008 summer boating season and                summer boating season. A total of 9,537 boaters on 3,847 vessels were
features magazine and radio advertising, television community              observed and Victorian data from 2005 was included as a base line.
service announcements and promotional material for boat shows              “When the skipper was wearing a PFD, the wear rate amongst
around the country.                                                        passengers in each state ranged from 50% to 94%, however, in contrast,
NMSC’s Industry Advisory Committee Chair Hume Campbell also                the wear rate amongst passengers of skippers who were not wearing
endorsed the wearing of lifejackets as a safety precaution.                PFDs ranged from 4% to 17% for each state,” explained Mr Aplin.

“It doesn’t matter how sound the boat is, skippers should always be          For more details on the
aware of their own safety and the safety of their crew and passengers”.      campaign and study just go to

Speakers will focus on safety initiatives
               Professor Bilal M Ayyub, a maritime risk analysis expert    • Matt Mitchell, who has first-hand experience on the human impact
               and professor of civil and environmental engineering          of a marine accident and delivers a message of how easily a life
               from the University of Maryland, USA has been                 changing injury can occur.
               confirmed as a major key note speaker for the Marine        The conference will also be discussing the uptake and acceptance of new
               Safety Conference 2008.                                     technology to ensure that the maritime industry has a sustainable future.
Professor Ayyub will speak about uncertainty modelling and safety          Other areas in focus include developments in: occupational health
equipment structure and reliability – making special reference to          and safety, training fishing and aquaculture, design and construction,
hurricane management.                                                      commercial vessel standards, research, search and rescue,
He will join a host of other key note speakers at the conference to be     recreational initiatives, legislation, the environment, pilotage, ports and
held next year from 27-29 May in Adelaide, including:                      navigation. Delegates will also be able to register to go on site visits
• Dr Graeme Peel, Qantas Group General Manager of Occupational             to some of South Australia’s maritime projects.
  Health and Safety, who will reveal how he goes about successfully
  creating a safety culture in an iconic organisation like Qantas.           For further details go to the new Marine Safety
                                                                             Conference 2008 micro-site at www.nmsc.gov.au
• Peter Foley from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau who will focus     and follow the link from the front page.
  on the changing face of international marine casualty investigation.

Farewell and Welcome to IAC                                                “As alumni, they will be able to continue to be ambassadors for
                                                                           the work of the NMSC and will be invited to sit on the NMSC’s
Outgoing IAC members Ian McAndrew (Australian Marina                       Technical Advisory Panel to advise on technical issues and marine
Management), Bob Pennington (Australian Seafood Industry                   safety standards.”
Council) and Capt.Richard Teo (Seafood and Maritime Industries
Training) have been appointed to the IAC Alumni to ensure their            Ms Horder welcomed some new appointments to the IAC “who would
continued involvement in marine safety initiatives.                        provide valuable feedback on the work of the NMSC”, including –
                                                                           • Mark Bradley CEO Club Marine
NMSC CEO Maurene Horder explained that the Alumni was                      • Sherry Donaldson CEO Australian Marine Industries Federation
formed to retain the expertise of past members as an important             • Greg Hodge CEO Defence Maritime Services
resource and “sounding board”.                                             • John McKeddie Managing Director Penisula Searoad Transport
“Ian, Bob and Richard have provided vital contributions to the             • Eddie Seymour National Training and Development Officer
NMSC from giving advice on projects on behalf of their industry               Maritime Union of Australia
sector to participating on sub-committees and reference groups.”           • Rob Tulk Senior Naval Architect One2Three Naval Architects
                                                                           • Tony Briggs Managing Director Coral Princess Cruises
“I would also like to thank former IAC Chair Marcus Blackmore,
who has agreed to be an alumni member.”
Anchor tests prove                                                                                     Collaborative relationship
anchor right                                                                                           supports marine standards
The NMSC’s draft standard on Anchoring Systems (NSCV C7D) has
been put to the test – literally – as Anchor Right recently used a tidal
anchor test skid to trial the safety standard on a series of anchors.
The trial involved wheeling a rig into shallow water with an attached
anchor – and a reading was taken without having to use a motor
vessel or underwater cameras.
Anchor Right’s proprietor Rex Francis conducted the trial at
Sandy Point in Victoria under the observation of other boating
stakeholders and the media.
‘Using the tidal anchor test skid is not only a more accurate way of
testing the safety standard of the anchor but it’s also much more
environmentally sensitive which is just as important,” Mr Francis said.
“The independent testing authority, Robertsons, approved and                                            Mr John Tucker, CEO, Standards Australia and Ms Maurene Horder, CEO, NMSC signed the
                                                                                                        agreement 19 November 2007.
accepted the results and gave the whole process a great rap.”
Mr Francis added that anchor manufacturers are looking forward                                         In a move to support the marine regulatory system across Australia,
to seeing the introduction of the final standard – NSCV C7D                                            NMSC and Standards Australia have signed a Project Management
– Anchoring Systems.                                                                                   Services Agreement that will aid in the development and review of
                                                                                                       Australian Standards for marine safety.
The Standard is awaiting Ministerial approval which is expected
early in 2008.                                                                                         NMSC’s CEO Maurene Horder said the agreement establishes a
                                                                                                       collaborative relationship which will enable both parties to better
                                                                                                       manage the development of Standards to support the marine
                                                                                                       industry across Australia.
                                                                                                       “Both organisations believe aspects of marine safety can be
                                                                                                       accelerated by NMSC providing direct support for the development
                                                                                                       of some of these Standards,” she said.
                                                                                                       Under the agreement, the two organisations will pilot the revision
                                                                                                       of AS1799.1-1992 Small pleasure boats code – General requirements
                                                                                                       for power boats, through a co-resourced arrangement allowing the
                                                                                                       proposed revised Standard to be made available via free download
                                                                                                       from the NMSC website once the project is completed.
                                                                                                        For more information on NMSC and Standards Australia visit
 Anchor Right’s Rex Francis at the anchor safety trial in Sandy Bay. Photo courtesy of Foster Mirror    websites: www.nmsc.gov.au or www.standards.org.au

New navigation standard                                                                                 and recognises that many vessels may go beyond that minimum for
                                                                                                        operational reasons – for example, to keep to the most economic
is on course                                                                                            course or to assist in locating fish.
NMSC is now seeking public comment on a new national draft                                              “And because watchkeeping is such an important element of safe
standard for navigation equipment.                                                                      navigation, the draft standard proposes some additional requirements
                                                                                                        for the carriage of night vision aids and binoculars”.
The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C, Subsection
7C – Navigation Equipment will replace those parts of the USL Code                                      In summary, the draft standard specifies minimum, performance-
Section 13; Miscellaneous Equipment, pertaining to navigation equipment.                                based requirements for navigation equipment in relation to the nature
                                                                                                        of the vessel’s operations, its length and operational area.
NMSC’s CEO Maurene Horder noted that much has changed in the
field of electronic navigation equipment since the USL Code was                                         The draft standard’s accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)
published.                                                                                              has also been released for comment.
“To some extent, this draft is simply recognising the type of                                           Have Your Say:
equipment currently on the market and current navigation practices.                                      To obtain a copy of the draft standard and RIS please contact
However, the draft is also forward looking in terms of new items of
                                                                                                         the NMSC Secretariat on 02 9247 2124 or download from
equipment, such as AIS,” Ms Horder said.
“The new standard deals with the minimum requirements for the
carriage of navigation equipment to ensure the safety of the vessel                                      The public comment period closes on 5 March 2008.
NMSC takes crew
qualifications standard                                                                    Technical Advisory
on the road                                                                                Panels help interpret
There was a great response from industry to NMSC’s recent
‘NSCV Part D – Crew competencies draft standard’ workshop
series with around 350 representatives attending from a diverse                            A Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) met late last year to
range of stakeholders including commercial boat owners,                                    develop some interpretation guidelines for the national
operators and crews as well as training organisations, fishermen,                          standard for the Australian Builders Plate (ABP). The
marine safety authorities and maritime unions.                                             request for the interpretation came about after an apparent
NMSC Project Managers Ravi Kant and Mike Trainor conducted                                 inconsistency was identified when determining the
the workshops in various locations in all states and the Northern                          buoyancy performance of boats under six metres in length
Territory in November and December last year.                                              that rely upon air compartments for their source of buoyancy.

The main objective was to receive input from stakeholders                                  NMSC’s Standards Team Leader John Henry explained that
on the many issues raised in the ‘Issues Paper’ and the                                    the Panel was asked to clarify the question of whether such
‘supplementary papers’ which are still on view on the NMSC                                 a boat could meet the requirements of the ABP with a single
web site.                                                                                  integral air compartment – which seemed to be allowed
The participants’ feedback supplements the 600-plus written                                if the buoyancy performance was determined using ISO
comments that have so far been received.                                                   12217-3 – when other technical standards referenced in the
                                                                                           ABP standard required at least three compartments.
A reference group will be formed this month to consider the
comments and a draft standard will then be developed for                                   “Importantly, the TAP’s role is not to analyse the words
release for public comment.                                                                in the standard, but rather to look at the underlying safety
                                                                                           principles and ensure that they are not compromised,” Mr
                                                                                           Henry said.
                                                                                           “The Panel considered whether a single air compartment
                                                                                           met the safety objectives of the ABP standard, given the
                                                                                           possibility of air compartments leaking.
                                                                                           “The Panel concluded that if air compartments are used as a
                                                                                           source of buoyancy – regardless of which technical standards
                                                                                           are employed to check the performance – the buoyancy shall
                                                                                           be assessed with the two largest compartments vented at
                                                                                           their high and low points, effectively meaning that a single
 NMSC Project Officers Ravi Kant and Mike Trainor take the Part D draft standard
                                                                                           air compartment is not adequate.”
 on the road for comment.

                                                                                               For more detail refer to the Guidance Circular titled
                                                                                               Technical Interpretation of Buoyancy Performance
                                                                                               of Recreational Boats in Relation to the ABP
                                                                                               Standard, now published on the NMSC website:

                                                                                           The TAP process is now well under way with another TAP
                                                                                           having met in November 2007 to consider an issue related to
                                                                                           structural fire protection.

 Workshop participants in Fremantle, Western Australia

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                                                                                   Telephone: (02) 9247 2124 Facsimile: (02) 9247 5203
    Issues paper for NSCV Part C Subsection 6B – Buoyancy and                      Email: secretariat@nmsc.gov.au
    Stability after Flooding also closed for public comment last                   Website: www.nmsc.gov.au
    month and will now enter the standard drafting phase before                    The National Marine Safety Committee is an Intergovernmental Committee
    being released for public review.                                              charged with achieving nationally uniform practices in marine safety. It is
                                                                                   comprised of the CEO of each of the government marine safety agencies
                                                                                   around Australia.

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