Definition of domestic commercial vessel (DCV)
(1) In this Law: domestic commercial vessel means a vessel that is for use in connection with a commercial, governmental or research activity.
Recreational vessels that are hired or hired out are defined as a DCV are in direct violation of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 and there are significant financial penalties with a minimum fine in excess of $2000.00 for any contravention of the Act by way of an Infringement Notice or prosecution in a court apply.
Any recreational vessel found to be on hire during the 2016 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim may result in the vessel being prohibited from operation immediately (withdrawn from swim), along with a breach report forwarded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
If swimmers are looking to hire a vessel, it will need to be a Domestic Commercial Vessel. Some charter vessels can be found by visiting www.bluesun2.com.au and www.exclusiveboatcharters.com.au/Exclusive_Charters-Home.htm
For further information on the Act you can visit the National Regulator at www.amsa.gov.au. If you have any questions, please contact Brad.Wilson@transport.wa.gov.au or Jeremy.House@transport.wa.gov.au