The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has announced four new qualifications for superyacht crew, to be introduced in early 2016.

This comes after lengthy discussions between AMSA, Yachting Australia, the Australian Maritime College and the Transport Logistics Industry Skills Council, all of whom agreed Australian superyacht crew were in need of certificates of competency. In short, this means that those who have gained certificates overseas from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be able to operate vessels in Australian waters, with these new certificates of competency (CoCs).

The four new qualifications are:
  • Watchkeeper Deck < 3,000gt Yachts with deck rating endorsement
  • Chief Mate < 3,000gt yachts with deck rating endorsement
  • Master < 500gt yachts with Able Seafarer endorsement
  • Master  < 3,000gt Yacht with Able Seafarer endorsement

AMSA Deputy CEO Gary Prosser announced the new qualifications on Tuesday 19 May, 2015, at the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Industry Conference (ASMEX). “These new certificates will give formal recognition to these highly skilled seafarers and a pathway to further their careers in the maritime industry,” he said.

“These new certificates will give formal recognition to these highly skilled seafarers."

AMSA is currently is in the process of drafting Marine Order 74 (Master and deck officer yachts) to give effect to these new qualifications, and has announced this should be complete in the first quarter of 2016.

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