| Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is holding a series of workshops across Victoria to explain the new safety requirements for commercial vessel operations that will take effect under the Marine Regulations 2009 (Vic) on 1 July 2011.
The new requirements mean that commercial trading and fishing vessels must meet the National Standard for Commercial Vessels in relation to operational practices from 1 July 2011.
The workshops will help commercial vessel owners and operators to better understand the requirements of the national standard for commercial vessels, and will provide information and guidance to assist owners and operators to develop safety management systems and plans for the operation of their vessels.
TSV's Acting Director of Maritime Safety, Lisa Faldon has encouraged those in the commercial boating industry to attend the workshops to learn more about the upcoming reforms.
"Commercial operators are required to have a documented safety management plan in place by 1 July this year, as this is a key requirement of the national standard for commercial vessels," said Ms Faldon.
"The TSV workshops will provide industry with the guidance they need to produce a plan that meets their legislative obligations."
From 1 July 2011, commercial operators will be required to submit their safety management plan as part of their annual vessel survey.
"TSV Surveyors will assess and issue Commercial Vessel Safe Construction Certificates as they always have, as well as now issuing a Commercial Vessel Safe Operation Certificate," said Ms Faldon.
"Commercial operators have a duty of care to ensure the safety of passengers and crew at all times. In order for the additional certificate to be issued vessel operators must demonstrate competence and capacity to meet their safety duties."
For a full listing of workshop dates, times and locations visit www.marinesafety.vic.gov.au