Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this code if you are a regulated Australian vessel. This code provides standards and requirements for the construction, equipment  and operation of special purpose vessels. As well as the training requirements for special personnel. 

For the purpose of this code, a special purpose ship is a ship of not less than 500 gross tonnage which carries at least 13 special personnel.

Please consult the Agency Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 50 (Special Purpose Vessels) 2012 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000