Published: 23 July 2021

This FIC concentrates on safety of navigation and will run from 1 August 2021 to 30 September 2021. The purpose of the FIC is to determine the:

  • level of compliance with the safety of navigation requirements of International Conventions, and;
  • familiarity of the master and officers with their processes for ensuring safety of navigation.

This campaign has been initiated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and is specific to Australia. It will apply to foreign flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels (RAVs) arriving at an Australian port.

AMSA inspectors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port or flag State control inspection and any port State control deficiencies will be reported to regional port State control databases.  AMSA is encouraging ship owners and masters to familiarise themselves with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V, Australian Marine Order 27 and their safety management systems implemented onboard. Inspectors will complete a checklist when conducting focused inspections so that AMSA can collate and report on the outcomes.

Further details are available on the AMSA website.