The Australian Government has announced a raft of new boat tent standards that will see the tents and structures made out of aluminium or composite materials in future.
The new guidelines, issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and designed to minimise the risk of damage to crew members and other equipment, were announced by the Government in a major announcement on Tuesday.
The AMSA is working closely with the Federal Government to ensure the safety of its customers, including Australia’s ports and inland waterways.
“The AMSAs primary focus is on ensuring the safety and quality of Australian Maritime Services (AMS) vessels, and we continue to invest in new technology to protect our vessels from harm,” AMSA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Michael McCormack said in a statement.
The guidelines include requirements for a minimum width of 2 metres and a maximum length of 60 metres.
These dimensions will make it much more difficult for the vessel to tip over on the sea and cause damage to the vessel.
The standards include a provision to require that the sides of all tents and other structures shall be at least 6 metres above the sea level.
All tents and shelters must have at least three points of contact, and must be able to accommodate crew, passengers and cargo.
All trailers and trailers’ sides must be at at least 5 metres above ground level, and trailer-carrying vehicles, including trailers, must have a maximum height of 12 metres above sea level, the AMSA said.
“This is a significant step forward in our effort to protect Australian vessels from potential hazards and reduce the risk to crew and other personnel on board,” AMSAA chief executive John Collins said.
It is the latest step in the AMSSA’s attempt to improve the safety standards of Australian-built vessels.
In August, the Government announced the introduction of the AMIS standards, which are aimed at minimising the risks posed by the construction of boats on Australian shores.
The PM had previously said that the AMTSA would “keep pushing forward” with the rules.
“I think what is clear is that our boats have a long way to go,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in July.