Across Australia there is an array of legislation that covers marine vessels including specific requirements for fire fighting equipment.
A vessel is the generic term that describes a range of seagoing watercraft such as; ship, tender, boat, ferry, powerboat, tug, yacht, runabout, dinghy, houseboat, trawler, etc for the transport of people or goods on water.
For the purposes of fire safety, a vessel can be divided into three categories;
- Commercial Vessels
- Recreational Vessels
- Personal Water Craft
All vessels are covered (in some way) by the requirements of federal and/or state legislation overseen by the relevant State or Territory authority;
|Federal||Australia Maritime Safety Authority|
|New South Wales & ACT||Centre for Maritime Safety|
|Northern Territory||Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics|
|Queensland||Maritime Safety Queensland|
|South Australia||Maritime Safety SA|
|Tasmania||Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST)|
|Victoria||Maritime Safety Victoria|
|Western Australia||Department of Transport (Marine)|