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Uniform Shipping Laws Code - Australian Government


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.

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

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Comply All Uniform Shipping Laws Code - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Navigation (Orders) Regulations 1912 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

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