These new licensing requirements are sure to affect many Queensland, Australia cruisers, and they go into effect relatively soon.
The state will require additional safety training and introduce a license class for boats 40 feet and above. The Queensland government said it plans to overhaul its boating safety and licensing system. New rules call for more detailed training for new boat owners as well as a new license for owners of larger boats.
“One of the major focuses of these reforms is the enhanced night and electronic navigation training for all new license holders,” said Craig Wallace, minister for Marine Infrastructure, in a statement. “Under the new rules instructors providing license courses for boaties through our BoatSafe program will offer additional training covering all aspects of safe navigation.”
Wallace said that the government would also be introducing a new boat license for boats 40 feet and over. “We’ve found that the larger boats are over-represented in serious marine incidents,” said Wallace, adding that the new licenses would not affect current recreational marine and commercial license holders. The safety reforms will come into effect in January 2012 and new license will take effect from January 2013.
Courtesy of www.ibinews.com.