The Federal government Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Orders 2011 (“ECO”) require that prior to loading bulk grain in Australia a ship has to be inspected by a marine surveyor to ensure that the ship is suitable to carry the intended grain. 

‘Grain’ is defined as including barley, canola, chickpeas, dried field peas, faba beans, lentils, lupins, oats, sorghum, soybeans, split vetch, whole vetch and wheat. The inspection is to determine that the ship is free from conditions that could result in contaminating, wetting or imparting an odour to the grain.

The qualifications for a marine surveyor prescribed by the ECO are:

    • he or she must hold either a Certificate of Competency as Master Class 1 (Unrestricted) or its current equivalent; OR a Diploma in Marine Surveying which includes a module on dry bulk cargoes issued by a nationally accredited training establishment; AND
    • he or she must have inspected at least 10 ships for suitability to carry prescribed grain or prescribed goods for consumption over a maximum period of 2 years while in the company of a marine surveyor having the qualifications referred to in paragraph (a); AND
    • in the 3 years prior to the proposed survey, he or she must have surveyed at least 3 ships for suitability to carry prescribed grain or prescribed goods for consumption

Until early 2008 AWB Ltd. as the sole wheat exporter, kept a list of accredited marine surveyors who met the then current qualifications. With the changes in the wheat export system AWB Ltd. is no longer the sole wheat exporter and no longer maintains a list of accredited marine surveyors.

AIMS has now implemented the Certified Commercial Marine Surveyor™ scheme which confirms the qualifications and experience of all Grain Surveyors.

The current DAWR Industry Notice (November 2017) states:

Marine surveyor certificate requirements - the vessel owners or owner’s agent must provide a written declaration to the inspection AO that the marine surveyor is qualified. The name of the marine surveyor on the issued certificate must match the name on the written declaration. The marine surveyor must have a different employer to the BVI3001 accredited AOs conducting the inspection.

Grain surveyors on this list have access to a Declaration of Assurance that they can provide to Shippers, Agents and Owners for presentation to the Authorised Officer that confirms that the marine surveyor’s qualifications and experience have been verified as true and correct by the AIMS.

Shippers Agents or Owners can request a Declaration for any surveyor on the list by emailing info@aimsurveyors.com.au or calling 02 6232 6555 

The Institute has a written Code of Practice for Grain Surveys and expects all of its members to carry out their grain surveys in accordance with that code.

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