International Load Lines Convention - Australian Government


You are required to comply with this convention if you intend to operate a regulated Australian vessel, or a foreign vessel within Australian waters. The purpose of this convention is to:

  • deal with certification of vessels for evidence of survey and compliance with the Load Lines Convention,
  • provide for the marking of vessels,
  • establish the circumstances when a vessel is overloaded,
  • prescribe entries relating to load lines to be made in the official logbook of a regulated Australian vessel.

The Load Line Convention places limitations on the draught to which a ship may be loaded. It also contains safety measures concerning doors, freeing ports, hatchways and other items that are designed to ensure the watertight integrity of ships' hulls.

Please consult the 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.


Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 16 (Load Lines) 2014 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