The National Marine Safety Committee is progressively developing a national safety standard for commercial vessels to provide a common national standard for the design, construction, crewing and operation of vessels.
- any ship, boat or any other type of craft capable of navigation that is used for a commercial purpose; or
- a structure designed to float in water that is used for a commercial purpose (except for some pontoons, floating jetties or platforms).
Full detail on the technical definition of commercial vessel is contained in NSCV Part B- General Requirements.
There are currently two national standards. NMSC's principal technical standard, the National Standard for commercial vessels. The principal technical standard, the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) is gradually replacing the Uniform Shipping Laws (USL) Code. The National Standards page gives more detail.
It should be noted that NMSC is a standards setter only. The role of regulator remains with state, territory and Commonwealth Marine Safety Agencies.
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