AMSA Launches SMS Resource Kit

AMSA Launches SMS Resource Kit

In partnership with the Australian Maritime College, AMSA successfully launched the Safety Management System (SMS) resource kit in Hobart earlier this month.

The resource kit has been designed to help industry and commercial vessel operators comply with revised operational safety requirements. This is particularly important to meet the upcoming July 2015 date for passenger and hire and drive vessels.

Following on from the launch, AMSA will host a series of SMS training sessions for trainers as well as direct with industry in the coming months. ECA Martime College hope to be able to host one of these session at both of our locations. Contact Us should you wish to be included in the mail out.

Vessel Owners and Safety Management System
Owners have a duty to ensure the safety of the vessel and its operation. The owner must implement and maintain a Safety Management System which ensures that the vessel and the operations of the vessel are safe.

What is a Safety Management System?
A Safety Management System (SMS) is the manner in which your company, or you as an individual/sole trader, proactively identify and manage risks and develop a culture of safety in your employees. The owner of the vessel is responsible for developing, documenting and implementing an SMS.

An SMS should be relevant, practical and effective for your organisation. It should be tailored to reflect what you do, in your operation, on your vessel. Involve the crew, particularly when identifying your risks and developing your procedures.

An SMS may be combined with other administrative and management systems of the vessel such as occupational health and safety, fisheries, food safety, quarantine, environmental or general management.

What is the benefit of having a Safety Management System?
A documented SMS clearly sets out your organisation’s approach to safety. It promotes clear understanding of the safety system and consistency in its application at all levels of the business. Importantly, it provides tangible evidence of the precautions you have taken should the sufficiency of your vessel’s safety system be brought into question following an incident or accident.

When is a Safety Management System effective?

A SMS is effective when it successfully identifies hazards and controls risk and is clearly understood by everyone directly involved in or connected with your vessel’s operation. Clearly understood means that anyone who performs duties, or has responsibilities associated with your vessel’s operations: understands this duty or responsibility; and
is equipped with the skills, knowledge and capability necessary to effectively fulfil these duties and responsibilities; and
can demonstrate these skills, knowledge and capabilities as required for verification of compliance with NSCV Part E.

What additional benefit will I get from a Safety Management System?
An SMS provides a clear and consistent approach to vessel safety management and a foundation for the development of a safety culture. A safety culture means that there is a commitment at all levels within your organisation to safety. A safety culture also spreads safety awareness that is present at all times during the performance of daily duties and responsibilities.

STCW 10, Certificate of Safety Training

STCW 10, Certificate of Safety Training

We are running our final step in our AMSA Audit, this includes running our first STCW 10 Certificate of Safety Training. We are not currently listed on the AMSA website as a provider because we have not finalised our STCW 10 Audit. However if you wish to enroll in the STCW 10 full course and would like to contact AMSA to confirm our status please email me ceo@ecamaritimecollege.edu.au for a contact.

Once we complete this final process we will be able to conduct refresher courses in Brisbane using state of the art facilities. All our Fire Fighting for this course in Brisbane will be run at the Whyte Island Fire Training Center and our pool activities will be at Centenary High Dive swimming pool or at the Airport Pool Training ground.

Your support will enable this to be a reality. We hope this will be the first of many Blue Water courses on offer at our Brisbane facility.

We are very conveniently located, just 10 minutes from the Brisbane Airport. Very cheap accommodation close to our facilities. The course will run 8 days consecutively, if you need your First Aid please let us know and we can arrange for this to be offered at the end of your main course.

All of our trainers are active mariners, we offer from Coxswain to Master 4, MED 3, 2 & 1 and have been servicing the marine industry for the past 10 years.

Contact us if you have a group of 10 crew who you need trained, we will run dedicated training for you and your crew, some of our corporate clients include Austral Fisheries, Australian Border Force, Raptis and Sons, Port of Brisbane …

We are currently sourcing availability of equipment to offer GMDSS courses and would like to offer Master Class 3 and Class 3 engineering in the near future.

For more information or to contact us

Obtaining A Maritime License

Obtaining A Maritime License

Many of our inquiries are from people who are new to the marine industry who find it difficult locating the correct information required to gain a marine licence. While there is a lot of information out there, putting it together can be a mind field. So we decided to write this post to assist new comers and any one interested in the marine industry in a bid to simplify the process.

Firstly we would ask you, “What do you want to do with your licence?”
If you want to work overseas then completing the Near Coastal courses and licences will not be the best option, if you want to work on Australian vessels then the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) endorsed courses would be the course for you.

Secondly, “Have you got any sea time on board commercially registered vessels?”
For most of the Australian Commercial courses you will require a certain amount of sea time to convert your certificate you get from the college you attend to a licence to drive a boat. AMSA have a full list of these requirements on their website or you can contact our office and request a copy of the student handbook relevant to the course you wish to do. We have included all the AMSA documents in this publicatilICENCEon to assist you in receiving all the information you require to make an informed decision as to the course you can achieve.

Thirdly, “Would you meet the AMSA medical requirements?”
Depending on which course you do as to the requirements. If you are colour blind for instance you may only be able to receive a restricted to day light sailing only. We always suggest once you have decided on the course that best suits your needs to read thoroughly through the AMSA requirements so you do not have any little surprises when you wish to convert your certificate to a licence.

There are four parts to completing this process.
1. Check your sea time is appropriate to the licence you want to achieve and could be verified by AMSA
2. Meet any additional medical or licence requirements for AMSA
3. Complete an AMSA approved course
4. Successfully complete your final oral exam with AMSA to gain your licence.

We hope this information helps you and would welcome your inquiry to assist you in this process.

Maritime College Brisbane 2015

We would like to welcome everyone to a new year, there are big plans for ECA Maritime College in 2015. As a part of our due diligence each December we research what our competitors are doing in the market place. It appears our Government Competitor have had to review their process and start charging like a commercial business. So we are happy to see we can compete not only with the additional service we provide, our course time frames but for the first time in 8 years we can now compete with our course fees. Our course fees have not been altered for the past 4 years in a bid to continue to service the industry and we still stand by ONLY engaging active mariners to teach you about your industry. Check out our testimonials, past students have frequently commented on how useful it was to attend a college who only employ active mariners to teach our students. Click here to see our testimonials Additionally to assist all who attend our college get the attention they require to complete their studies we run small classes – up to 10 max in a class. So there is no better time to contact us regarding your training needs, we can create a course to suit your needs and welcome your inquiry.

Changes To Marine Tickets

MARINE TICKETS – DOMESTIC QUALIFICATIONS – CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY

UNDER THE NEW PART D OF THE NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS, PEOPLE SEEKING OR RENEWING A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY (MARINE TICKETS) WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR A FIVE YEAR NATIONAL SYSTEM CERTIFICATE BY MEETING SOME SIMPLE REQUIREMENTS. ONCE ISSUED, A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY WILL ALLOW THE HOLDER TO OPERATE ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS SUBJECT TO THE OPERATIONAL AND DISTANCE LIMITATIONS OF THE CERTIFICATE. THIS MEANS A PERSON WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO SEEK RECOGNITION OF THEIR CERTIFICATE BEFORE CROSSING STATE OR TERRITORIAL BORDERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE QUICK GUIDE TO QUALIFICATIONS.

SEAFARERS AND QUALIFICATIONS

WORKING ON A SHIP IN AUSTRALIA
ALL DOMESTIC SEAFARERS IN AUSTRALIA ARE REGULATED UNDER THE MARINE SAFETY (DOMESTIC COMMERCIAL VESSELS) NATIONAL LAW ACT 2012.

If you work on a vessel in Australia and carry out any commercial activity, the National Law applies to you. If you work on an international vessel in Australian waters, or any vessel that operates internationally, the Navigation Act 2012 applies to you.

QUALIFICATIONS

Before you can work on a domestic commercial vessel in Australia, you will need to get a Certificate of Competency. This proves you are capable to master a vessel and its passengers.

Reference to AMSA website with regard to information provided.

Why We Do What We Do?

ECA Maritime College was developed by mariners for mariners, it is important we only engage professional mariners to teach the future mariners of Australia.

There is a very well-known saying – “Those who can’t do, TEACH”

If you can’t do OR you don’t do OR you have lost your passion, you should not be teaching.

As professional mariners, our trainers will either be working with or sailing next to their graduates one day, they would look somewhat foolish if they got run over by one of their graduates. This combination has proven success, it is important not only to the founders of the company, but to all the trainers that our graduates are knowledgeable of their chosen field before they receive their qualification.

Since inception in 2007 we have evolved and expanded our services to follow industry demands. During this time we have had enquiries from people who are seeking a career change. A marine licence is very much like getting a drivers licence, logged drive/sea time must be presented to the Department of Transport, if the relevant time at sea is not produced converting a qualification to a licence will not be possible.

Maritime Commercial Services is a new division and provides a service to companies and people who need their vessels delivered or moved at sea. We provide professional crew and management team to organise all aspects of these deliveries, from flying crew to the vessel, organising ship yards, berthing and pilotage services if required. Providing the students on our database have the manning requirement we can offer them paid positions on board these deliveries.

ECA Maritime College will continue to grow; we will continue to listen to the industry and strive to break new ground in training the future mariners of Australia. We are all passionate and driven to produce positive results and a high standard of mariners.

Welcome to ECA Maritime College

Welcome to ECA Maritime College blog. With all the changes in the maritime industry and the confusion in the marketplace we decided to provide information to help clarify some of these. Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will replace all state maritime authorities with regards to issuing near coastal licences and will be servicing the marine industry via the local marine authority office. When a candidate completes their studies they will still be required to complete the additional requirements as per the guidance notices located on the AMSA website relevant to the marine licence being applied for. The major change to licence’s is, all newly issued licences will now be recognised nationally, so if you are operating on a vessel that crosses the magical border line from NSW to QLD there is no longer a requirement to notify the authority of passing the border. These licences are recognised in ALL Australian water. If you are the holder of the old state licences when it is revalidated it will be re- issued as a national licence. AMSA will accept your revalidation application prior to your revalidation date, once all the requirements have been met and the fees are paid, however if the area of operation and the current job does not require a national licence then there is no need to do anything. If your situation is different to any of the above and you are still confused please contact your local maritime authority office AMSA directly.

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