The Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre has been closely following the consultation process regarding changes to regulations for the commercial maritime industry.  The regulatory plan is to  move from a State based to National based industry safety and operating system by 2013.

The National Maritime Safety Committee (NMSC), in partnership with AMA and MSQ, has been holding information sessions across Queensland and one was held in Airlie Beach last week.  Over sixty local people involved in commercial shipping attended the evening to find out what operational changes are planned for maritime licences for ship masters and engineers.

Plans include a proposed Maritime Safety Act and a National System for commercial vessel safety which will result in a simplification of maritime safety laws and consistent standards across the country.

Ed Saalfeld, who is working with the WMTC, says that “it is important to encourage local support for these changes and it affects many people in the region.  These meetings and the online survey give everyone an opportunity to show the authorities that the area does care about the future standards and recognizes the significance of these changes.”

Locally based National Maritime Reform Principal Adviser, Michaela Moss says, “there is now an opportunity for everyone to go online and have their say. Go to to complete the survey.”

If you are working in the industry or have plans to move into the commercial shipping industry it is in your interest to be aware of the skills required, appropriate training and issues regarding “sea-time” and competency.  Have your say by completing the five minute survey.

For more information on national qualifications and certification go to or call Kaye on 4946 6710.

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