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Australia Overhauls Maritime Laws

Australia Overhauls Maritime Laws

The Australian Federal Parliament has recently passed new laws to regulate the safety of yachts and their passengers and to ensure shipping is conducted in a way that protects the country's unique marine environment.

The Navigation Bill 2012 and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 replace 8 federal, state and territory regulators with one national marine safety regulator and one national law, unburdening manufacturers, operators and crews of commercial vessels from the costly array of regulations that were previously in place.

The creation of a national system has many benefits, including lifting safety standards, reducing red tape and providing better protection for Australia's precious marine environment.

The reforms, together with these new laws, solidify Australia’s standing as a shipping nation and represent the biggest overhaul of the regulation and management of their maritime industry since 1912.

The Navigation Bill 2012 and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 replace 8 federal, state and territory regulators with one national marine safety regulator and one national law


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