Uniform Shipping Laws Code - Australian Government

Service summary

A ship that is not a SOLAS ship must comply with the relevant construction and stability standards set out in the Uniform Shipping Laws (USL) Code. If a ship is to operate as an off-shore supply vessel it must meet the requirements specified in Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Offshore Supply Vessels where such requirements differ from those in Chapter II-1 of SOLAS or Section 8 of this code, as applicable to the vessel.

The Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USL Code) provides standards for the design, construction and operation of domestic commercial vessels. The Code was first published in 1979 in response to the need for a common national safety standard for commercial vessels. It should be noted that the National Standards for Commercial Vessels is intended to phase this out.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

 Resources
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Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Navigation (Orders) Regulations 1912 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO Box 2181
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

02 62795000

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