Manual reporting when a VMS unit malfunctions

When a vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit malfunctions at sea you must manually report the boat's position (latitude and longitude). This applies to vessels endorsed with a T1 T2 or M1 symbol.

Use these flowcharts to find out what action to take if you VMS unit malfunctions at sea or in port (PDF, 508KB).

Manual reporting with the VMS hotline

Manual position reports can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the VMS hotline on (07) 3211 9111.

Manual reporting conditions

As the operator of a vessel, you need to be familiar with the conditions of manual reporting. These vary depending on where your vessel is located when you become aware of the malfunction.

Below are the conditions for manual reporting inside and outside the major scallop area, and once you return to port.

VMS malfunction inside the major scallop area

If you are inside the major scallop area when your VMS unit malfunctions, you need to return to the nearest port immediately, and manually report your location hourly.

The major scallop area is the waters in the following area:

  • from latitude 22°10.80' south, longitude 149°48' east to latitude 22°13.20' south, longitude 152° east
  • to latitude 24°13.80' south, longitude 153°33' east
  • to latitude 24°42' south, longitude 153°16.20' east
  • to latitude 25°06' south, longitude 153°12' east
  • to latitude 25°18' south, longitude 152°43.20' east
  • to latitude 22°10.80' south, longitude 149°48' east.

VMS malfunction outside the major scallop area

If you are outside the major scallop area when your VMS unit malfunctions, you must manually report every hour between 6pm and 6am until the boat has arrived back in port.

When a fishing day starts at midnight

Alternatively, if your fishing day starts at midnight, you must manually report every hour between 6am and 6pm.

Nominating another boat with a VMS

If you can nominate another boat within 5 nautical miles with operational VMS equipment, then you can manually report 3 times daily at 6 hour intervals during your fishing hours (e.g. 6am, 12pm, 6pm).

This will only apply while the boat with operational VMS equipment remains within 5 nautical miles, and you must return to port within 5 days.

Manual reporting from port

Regardless of whether your VMS malfunctions while inside or outside the major scallop area, once the boat is in port, you must manually report at 8am and 4pm each day until the VMS maintenance is completed and obligations for using the boat are met.

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