No need for any fanfare here as the recommendations that came from this review were as expected and fairly light on and reflect what AMSA has been trying to do for some time - especially in regard to grandfathered vessels.
After reading the report its pretty clear that operator error is exactly that - operator error and AMSA cannot be responsible for every skipper and every DCV vessel out there.
The AIMS as the peak industry body has repeatedly called for marine surveyors to be more involved in assisting vessel owners and crew to develop and implement appropriate safety management systems and in auditing those systems at the point of survey.
The Senate acknowledged that "Many submitters, while sympathetic to the challenges, were critical of AMSA's performance to date".
Nothing new there either, all very easy to sit on the sidelines and be critical but the main goal should surely be collaboration with AMSA rather than whinging from the sidelines.
The very straightforward report can be found here Performance-of-the-Australian-Maritime-Safety-Authority.pdf
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