Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Flag State Administration - Australia

A flag State is responsible for making sure ships comply with international conventions.

An Administration offering ship registration is referred to as the ‘flag State’. Flag States maintain the responsibilities and obligations imposed by international conventions for ships flying their flag.

Vessel Certification for AMSA recognised organisations

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has recognised classification societies who are members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Each organisation can survey, certify and approve functions on its behalf. These are:

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has an agreement with each organisation governing the provision of survey and certification services for vessels registered in Australia.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority represents Australia at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on issues related to:

  • approvals
  • survey and certification matters - particularly in relation to ship design
  • structure
  • load lines
  • machinery
  • equipment requirements.

Marine Order 52 with respect to Large Yachts and Training Vessels

The Australian Regulation of Large Yachts and the LY3 Code references Marine Order 52 that has adopt the Large Yacht Code (third edition) for “Large yachts” and training vessels (sail and motor) of 24m or more in length.  

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