Australian Maritime Safety Authority has announced a two-month Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on hours of work and rest that will run from May 1st 2022 to June 30th 2022.
The purpose of the FIC is to determine:
- The level of compliance with the maximum hours of work or minimum hours of rest for seafarers in accordance with the requirements of International Conventions; and
- The familiarity of the master and officers with implementing the provisions when working onboard ships.
The campaign is specific to Australia and will apply to foreign-flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels arriving at an Australian port. AMSA inspectors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port or flag State control inspection.
AMSA encouraged ship owners and masters to familiarise themselves with the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Australian Marine Orders 11 and 28 and their respective safety management system, including how they are implemented on board.
AMSA surveyors will be using a checklist which can be found at: https://www.amsa.gov.au/checklist-safety-navigation-focused-inspection-campaign