Marine safety inspectors have been conducting safety and compliance inspections on passenger ferries operating on the Yarra River following a spate of incidents reported to Maritime Safety Victoria.
The inspections have raised significant safety concerns including unsafe operational practices, poor vessel maintenance, lack of incident reporting, and inadequate crewing.
The inspectors may issue notices to improve or prohibit unsafe vessels where safety risks or areas of non-compliance are observed.
“MSV is working to ensure all ferry operators meet their safety obligations,” said the regulator’s Deputy Director Rachel Gualano.
“This will mean continuing inspections of the ferries and their operations, audits of their safety management systems to ensure compliance with national law, and encouraging the development of a safety culture that puts the safety of passengers and crew first.”
Consequences for non-compliance can include fines and warnings, or even suspension or revocation of operator’s ability to operate.
More information on certificates of operation and safety management systems can be found at amsa.gov.au/domestic.
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