Aquamarine has been accredited by the Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ)on behalf of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for stability, survey, safety equipment, loadline and positive flotation for commercial vessels. We have also been accredited for marine pollution (MARPOL). Our Professional Indemnity Insurance is issued through Lloyd's of London. Click here for list of AMSA Accredited Surveyors
Cargo Lashing Surveys, Seafastening, Loadin/Loadout, Heavy Lift/High Value, EPCM Project Cargo Marine Transportation Review
Cargo securing, lashing and seafastening surveys and design. Structural and tidal stability assessment for barge and tug transportation, loading and unloading. Grillage/stool and lashing calculations. Associated On/Off Hire and Cargo Surveys. Towing winch mount design and Bollard Pull testing. Project Cargo Marine Warranty Surveying. Our services range from Feasibility Study Review, to attending prior and during Loadout/In to facilitate marine risk communication across cultural boundaries (and make sure that deviations from the plan are necessary, reasonable and agreed).
Positive Flotation Statements
Previously in Queensland, commercial boats under 6 metres could elect to meet the simplified rules for commercial registration. Central to this is the need for the boat to remain afloat, supporting the occupants, should it become swamped. Aquamarine can conduct testing and calculations to show that a boat has positive flotation. For Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), they can be exempt from carrying a liferaft if they possess positive flotation with the largest air chamber deflated. (See the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 2004 or email us for definitions).
We can advise on the changes affecting smaller boats due to the new AMSA Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessels) National Law Act 2012
Australian Builder's Plate (ABP) approvals-we're a defined 'competent person'
Aquamarine can approve information on an Australian Builder's Plate, with the expertise to perform the necessary testing and calculations.
Did you know that some modifications can invalidate the information on the ABP? This goes for dealers too! Play it safe, get your modification assessed beforehand, or you might be faced with rectification costs from the client.
For more information contact us, or click through to the NMSC's ABP website in our External Links page. For smaller boats, the Australian and ABYC standards may penalise lower transom heights (with their max load not to exceed 20% of hull volume to transom height). Aquamarine has helped clients increase passenger numbers by 50% by using ISO (international) standards, though they can be more involved.
Design Assessment - (RPEQ)
Aquamarine can perform design approvals using any of the major rules for Aluminium, Steel, Fibreglass and other Composites including Sandwich Construction. We are MSQ accredited to approve Hull and Machinery, so whether it's your boat's structural design or marine engineering, Aquamarine can help.
Rules, codes and standards we've used in the past include: The Uniform Shipping Laws (USL) Code, The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV), AS4132, AS1799, ISO 12215, ISO 12217, Lloyd's Rules Special Service Craft (LR SSC), Det Norske Veritas High Speed Light Craft (DNV HSLC), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Steel Ships and various Yacht Rules. (see our past projects on our "About Us" page for more specific information)
The USL Code states that "Designers or Builders may elect to use the Rules published by a Classification Society as being equivalent to the requirements of the Construction Section" (of the USL Code). The USL Code is being progressively superseded by the NSCV, which was developed by the National Marine Safety Committee (NMSC). The NMSC has signed an agreement with Lloyd's Register to use Llolyd's Rules under licence for NSCV approvals. Consequently, Lloyd's Rules are specifically called up in the NSCV as a "deemed to satisfy alternative to (full) class" (NSCV C3 Construction, 3.2.2).
Aquamarine has received the latest training from Lloyd's Register in the application of Lloyd's Rules and calculation software to NSCV approvals, organised by Maritime Safety Queensland for MSQ Accredited Designers and Surveyors.
We are also happy to liaise with individual Classification Societies on your behalf, should you wish to have your project type approved by them.
Stability tests and booklets
Aquamarine can perform all testing and calculations required by the USL Code/NSCV, including full inclining tests, practical stability tests and roll period tests. Increasingly, the new NSCV freeboard deck angle rules mean that comprehensive GZ (righting arm) curve based assessments are required.
A stability book is then prepared, laid out so it can be easily used by the Master when required. The format is adapted suit the purpose, including passenger ferries, dive/workboats, tugs, barges or yachts.
Damaged stability (flooding) calculations are required for Class One passenger vessels operating in Partially Smooth Waters or higher.
Be aware also that some modifications can affect the stability of your boat. In commercial boats this is called 'further building' and the stability must be recalculated. We can advise whether your proposed modifications will constitute "further building".
Aquamarine has also conducted stability analysis to Australian and International Standards, Classification Society and French Flag Administration Rules.
Owner’s Representative, New Construction Survey, Project Management
Don’t rely on a surveyor appointed by the builder. Engage an independent professional to have them acting in your interest to ensure that the quality, cost and time of the project meet your expectations (and the contract). Early intervention and communication is the key.
Call us now if your project is going 'off the rails' as we'd rather help you as your consultant than as...
We have been engaged on a number of matters; from simple trim problems after fitting buoyant pods, to death/personal injury from alleged design faults. We have also been called by State Marine Authorities and Water Police to assist the Court for various matters including fatalities.
Equivalent Solutions/Risk Management
Sometimes known as performance based solutions, situations that don't meet the published rules can be shown to be equivalent. This is normally more complicated, as Engineering First Principles and Risk Management are often used in combination. We have successfully submitted equivalent solutions to both the USL Code and the NSCV, which have been approved by MSQ.
Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ)
To offer professional engineering services (including Naval Architecture) in Queensland, the Professional Engineers Act 2002 requires that the engineer be registered. For more information, or to check the register go to: http://www.bpeq.qld.gov.au/source/Members/cMemberSearch.cfm
Being on the register means maintaining a code of conduct and ethics: click link to download a copy of latest (29 Nov 2013) version
Ships Operating Documents/Emergency Procedures and Safety of Navigation/Boat Share Compliance Solutions
MSQ require all ships to update their operating procedures by 1 October 2010 to meet the NSCV. http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Registration/Commercial-and-fishing-ships/Operating-documents.aspx
They have also released their policy on Boat Share schemes, effective 1 January 2009. Most companies currently offering management of 'boat sharing' in Queensland will need to upgrade their compliance to meet MSQ's policy. Essentially, unless the management company can be dismissed with a 'minutes' notice, it's boats are treated like commercial vessels and need to be surveyed for commercial registration. Some exemptions can be applied for.