Boat laws

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

NEW na­tional laws are be­ing in­tro­duced next year which will lessen pa­per­work and bet­ter safety prac­tices for Far North­ern com­mer­cial boat op­er­a­tors by scrap­ping in­di­vid­ual state laws.

Tour op­er­a­tors will also face new safety re­quire­ments that will be im­ple­mented in the next three years.

The na­tional reg­u­la­tions for com­mer­cial ves­sels was dis­cussed at the global Eco Asia Pa­cific Tourism Con­fer­ence this week when Aus­tralian Marine Safety Author­ity reg­u­la­tory af­fairs man­ager Richard Wal­lace told the con­fer­ence the changes would also pro­vide con­sis­tency for ves­sel op­er­a­tors.

“In the past a fish­ing boat in Queens­land had to have a per­mit to fish in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and ev­ery time they moved across the bor­der the boat had to fill in more pa­per­work,” he said.

There is a grow­ing con­cern about the cost but AMSA said there will be no fi­nan­cial ac­count­abil­ity on com­mer­cial ves­sels un­der the plan and to an­swer any con­cerns and give more in­for­ma­tion, AMSA will be hold­ing a con­sul­ta­tion event on Oc­to­ber 29 at Cruis­ing Yacht Squadron at Port­smith in Cairns from 5-8pm.

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