The Commonwealth Government is responsible for legislation relating to trade and commerce with other countries and between the states. It is also responsible for navigation and shipping, quarantine, and the administration and maintenance of lighthouses, lightships, beacons and buoys.
Under Commonwealth legislation, the Commonwealth Government is responsible for trading ships on interstate or overseas voyages. These include vessels used to carry goods and/or passengers on a commercial basis.
Under state legislation, all ships involved in coastal trade must be licensed. Licensees of these ships are obliged to pay the crew at the current wage rates ruling in Australia. Foreign vessels in Australian waters must also comply with the same crew staffing and accommodation conditions that are imposed on those registered in Australia.
There were 561 registered ships in Tasmania at 30 June 2003, an increase of 4.3% from 30 June 2002. Of all ships registered in Tasmania at 30 June 2003, 48.7% were registered for recreational purposes, 40.5% were registered for fishing, and 10.7% were registered as commercial or trading vessels.
SHIPS REGISTERED(a) IN TASMANIA - at 30 June
|Commercial and trading(c)|
- nil or rounded to zero
(a) Australian-owned commercial or trading ships of 24 metres or more in tonnage length. All ships, regardless of tonnage length must be registered before departing on a voyage from Australia or from a foreign port where there is an Australian diplomatic representative.
(b) Demise charter is the charter of a foreign ship operated by an Australian company in Australian waters. These ships are not necessarily engaged in trade or commerce.
(c) Relates to ships used for trading and commercial purposes. Some of these ships are less than 24 metres in tonnage length.
Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Annual Reports available at the AMSA web site: http://www.amsa.gov.au/