Focused inspection campaign – DCV towage operations

This is to advise that AMSA will be conducting a national focused inspection campaign (FIC) on the implementation of risk assessments in harbour and coastal towing operations from 21 November 2022 to 27 February 2023.

The campaign will look at the implementation of risk assessments in Class 2 towage operations for domestic commercial vessels (DCVs), including the crew’s understanding of the risk assessments. 

An integral part of AMSA’s National Compliance Plan, focused inspection campaigns seek to improve compliance and maritime safety by analysing safety data, identifying trends and areas of concern. 

This campaign has been established in response to an issue with the monitoring and proper implementation of the safety management system risk assessments that towage operations have developed for the tasks their vessels undertake. 

AMSA is aware that most towage operations have mature safety risk assessments, which is why this campaign will centre on implementation.  

Please see the AMSA website for more details, including the full inspection checklist.