Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) - Queensland

Service summary

Licensed Queensland fishing vessels which are "endorsed" with either a T1, T2, M1 PR, N9 or B1 fishing symbol are required to install a Vessel Monitoring Unit which must meet the requirements as specified in the Fisheries Act 1994 and the Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010.

Under sections 64 and 65 of the Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010 you are required to nominate and maintain a mode of communication by which an officer approved by the Chief Executive may communicate with the person in control of the boat.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Transferability

Transferring a licence or VMS unit

When transferring a commercial fishing licence or vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit, the vessel can't go to sea until Fisheries Queensland has confirmed that the VMS unit is working properly.

You will need an authorised technician to complete the transfer. A list of authorised technicians can be provided by Fisheries Queensland upon request.

How to transfer a licence or VMS unit

To transfer a fishing boat licence or VMS unit from one vessel to another, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1

Contact Fisheries Queensland and tell them you plan to transfer a licence or VMS unit.

Step 2

The previous owner of the VMS unit must complete a deactivation form and submit it to Fisheries Queensland.

Note: if you don't have all the details to complete the form, you will need an authorised technician to get them from the VMS unit.

Step 3

The new owner must fill out the following forms and submit them to Inmarsat:

  • Registration form
  • Customer activation and declaration form

Make sure you allow enough time for the activation and deactivation forms to be processed.

Step 4

The new owner must also fill out the following forms and submit them to Fisheries Queensland:

  • Data network identifier (DNID) approval form
  • Obligation to nominate a mode of communication for boat

Step 5

An authorised technician must log the unit out, install it, and log it back in with the new owner's details.  The technician must also complete an Automatic location communicator (ALC) installation report and submit it to Fisheries Queensland before the vessel can go to sea.

Step 6

Contact Fisheries Queensland to test functionality of the unit.  Be aware this process may take some time.

The vessel can't go to sea until Fisheries Queensland has confirmed that the unit is polling correctly.

Duration

As required by client

Fees

No fees apply.

Application

To obtain or complete this form please:

  • click the form link, which allows you to submit the form online; or
  • contact the VMS team on (07) 3224 8883 to receive the form via fax or email.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Fisheries Queensland

Act(s) name

Fisheries Act 1994 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Fisheries Queensland


Operating address:
Level 2, 80 Ann Street
BRISBANE
Queensland 4000

Phone:

07 3224 8883

Fax:

07 3247 5117
VMSman@daf.qld.gov.au

Supporting information

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