The people on board your boat are important for a safe workplace
The owner of the vessel must make sure each crew member or other person engaged in key on-board operations receives relevant training as soon as possible.
This training must be given by the Master or crew member who the Master has determined has the skills and knowledge to provide the training.
Training must include:
The Master must make sure the vessel can only operate if at least one person on board holds a first aid qualification
Legally, you must know what qualifications and training your core crew need. Please check the AMSA website to make sure that you and your crew have the right tickets for your boat.
The first person on the boat is you, the Master
Here is where you record your details:
A list of all the things you cover when inducting new crew, passengers or visitors. Use this list any time you hire someone new, or have a visitor on board. Remember to log it in your records. Tick those which apply to your boat, and add others if you need.
What are the hazards on your boat and what are you doing to control them? Most of these are common sense, you just need to make sure they are written down.
We have included a few hazards below to get you started. You should have at least one risk per category, but most likely many more! Working at sea is risky business!
The colourful table is the risk rating matrix. This is how you find out how 'risky' the activity is based on how likely it is to happen, and how serious the result could be.
Start up procedures: List all the things you do before you go to sea.
Edit/fill in the boxes below with your procedures. We have pre filled some example procedures for you.
Procedures must be written down for key on board operations to address and risks identified by the risk register/ assessment.
General Procedures • Launching and Retrieving Vessel • Driving to boat ramp • Unload catch • Move around the vessel • Exposure to different weather condition • Sorting catch • Moving catch in boxes/ crates• Hook up/ snagging • Anchoring
Netting • Launching and retrieving nets • Removing fish from nets • Freezers storage • Live fish• Stowage of nets
Single Operator • Wear engine kill switch at all times. • Be vigilant moving around “one hand for self where possible” • Wear PFD and PLB• Fatigue management
Remember, this is what you do every day!
All people on board must follow these policies. Edit them below:
An emergency plan must be developed and carried on board at all times. That means regular drills and crew inductions.
The emergency plan must include emergency assembly station and crew must be assigned to an emergency station.
All emergency incidents or illness must be recorded in the logbook.
We have pre filled some boxes to get you started.
Tick the responses that apply to your vessel, and add any additional emergency situations and responses below:
You must keep a log for each vessel, and it must be made available upon request for inspection.
A log book can be kept electronically, or hand written in a note book or diary
Log books must be kept for at least 5 years. The log book may be kept on the land or on the vessel, so long as it is maintained.
You need to record a log for each trip (every time you leave the wharf).
Also there is legislation in place to protect the content and access to the log book.
Below is an example log book page, of all the things you must record log book or diary:
(a) any illness or injury of persons onboard;
(b) any marine incident, other incident or accident involving the vessel or its equipment;
(c) any assistance rendered to another vessel;
(d) any unusual occurrence or incident;
(e) all communications messages sent or received for an emergency;
(f) any operation of the vessel for recreational purposes.
You need to put in place a system to make sure recurring inspections are carried out for the vessel, its machinery and equipment.
Tick how often you check the items below. You can add comments or notes on extra items below.
Remember to log your checks in your log book as you do them, report any faults or changes.
It is important that you review this SMS, and keep a track of any changes. Legally, you must review and sign off on the document every 12 months.
We acknowledge that the Annual Review has been undertaken and thoroughly checked, all changes have been documented. If any changes have been made to this Safety Management System - all crew have been notified and training has been provided, which has been further documented in record of training form or log book.