Safety Lines 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 future 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Subsection 7C and the RIS are out for public comment now. www.nmsc.gov.au 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. website: “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 standards 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 How to contact us National Marine Safety Committee Level 5, 9-13 Young Street, Sydney Other standards update: PO Box R1871 Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Telephone: (02) 9247 2124 Facsimile: (02) 9247 5203 Issues paper for NSCV Part C Subsection 6B – Buoyancy and Email: email@example.com 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.