National safety guidelines loom for domestic shipping

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says streamlining commercial shipping regulations will make it cheaper to transport goods by sea.

From next year, there will be a national set of safety guidelines for domestic shipping operators which will replace conflicting state legislation.

Yesterday, about 100 industry representatives attended a consultation session in Gladstone in central Queensland on the changes.

AMSA spokesman Richard Wallace says there is broad support for the new system.

"Shipping operators and certainly domestic or commercial vessel owners and operators have been waiting for these changes because they know the current system that we have actually prevents them from working their businesses as they want to work," he said.

"It will mean people will be able to get national certificates which will enable them to work around all the country."

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