Maritime Rules Part 40A

Design, Construction & Equipment - Non-SOLAS Passenger Ships

Current version of Part 40A

This rule applies to:

Commercial ships which are:

  • restricted-limit motor ships carrying any passengers
  • motor ships of less than 45 metres in length which carry 12 or more passengers and proceed beyond restricted limits but not beyond the offshore limit
  • conventional craft used as passenger ferries, excursion ships, water taxis and recreational fishing boats
  • boats of 6 metres or less in length which are used only for recreational diving purposes
  • high-speed craft that exceed 35 metres in length and proceed beyond restricted limits
  • hire-and-drive boats of more than 3.5 metres in length including houseboats.

Download Maritime Rules Part 40A[PDF: 1.01MB, 107 pages]

Part 40A is divided into three sections:

  • Section 1 deals with the design, construction and safety equipment requirements of conventional craft used as passenger ferries, excursion ships, water taxis and recreational fishing boats. Under this section, boats of 6 metres or less in length which are used only for recreational diving purposes may comply with a code of practice contained in an appendix to Part 40A and an approved safe operational plan as an alternative to joining a Safe Ship Management system.
  • Section 2 deals with high-speed craft, incorporating requirements from the IMO High-Speed Craft Code where such ships exceed 35 metres in length and proceed beyond restricted limits.
  • Section 3 deals with hire-and-drive boats of more than 3.5 metres in length including houseboats.

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Part 40A advisory circular

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History of Part 40A

2016

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 in November 2016.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2016 [PDF: 286kB, 15 pages]

2015

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2015 [PDF: 406kB, 15 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]

2014

Amendment

This Part was amended by Part 40A, Part 40C, Part 40D, Part 40E, Part 40F, and Part 42A: Amendment 2014 in August 2014.

Part 40A, Part 40C, Part 40D, Part 40E, Part 40F, and Part 42A: Amendment 2014 [PDF: 437kB, 23 pages]

Amendment

This Part was amended by Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments in 2014.

Parts 19 and 44: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 395kB, 22 pages]

Amendment

This part was amended by Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments in 2014.

Parts 20, 31, 32, 34 and 35: Consequential Amendments 2014 [PDF: 378kB, 14 pages]

2012

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 82: Commercial Jet Boat Operations - River, in 2012.

Part 82: Commercial Jet Boat Operations - River 2012 [PDF: 83kB, 23 pages]

2011

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011 [PDF: 948kB, 15 pages]

2009

Amendment

This Part was amended by Maritime Rules Part 21-80 in 2009.

Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2009 [PDF: 102kB, 11 pages]

2008

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime Various Amendments Rules in Parts 20-91 in 2008.

Maritime (Various Amendments) Rules 2008 [PDF: 466kB, 69 pages]

2006

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime (EPIRBS) Amendment Rules in 2006.

Maritime (EPIRBS) Amendment Rules 2006 [PDF: 215kB, 10 pages]

2004

Amendment

This part was amended by Maritime Rules Parts 20-90 in 2004.

Maritime Rules Parts 20-90 2004 [PDF: 224kB, 44 pages]

2001

New part comes into force

Part 40A entered into force on 1 February 2001.

2000

New part signed

Part 40A was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 18 December 2000.

Part 40A: Original Rule [PDF: 16.6MB, 170 pages]