Vessel or Aircraft Notification
For most tourism permits in the Marine Parks the details of the vessel or aircraft that you are permitted to operate is recorded in a separate document called a Vehicle Notification Approval (VNA). This system allows you to nominate or change your permitted vessel or aircraft at any time.
You must advise the agency in writing about the vessel or aircraft you intend to use before you operate that craft. A Permit Application Fee applies.
What does the GBRMPA need to know about my vessel or aircraft?
You must let the GBRMPA know the vessel name, vessel or aircraft registration number, passenger capacity and the length of your vessel. This helps to check that your planned vessel or aircraft is allowed under your permit and helps rangers in the field know the vessels or aircraft you are operating.
Once I have informed GBRMPA can I operate immediately?
You can commence only once you have received a Vehicle Notification Approval (VNA) from the GBRMPA. If you have notified the vessel or aircraft details in your permit application, then a VNA will be provided with your permit.
Do I need to keep the VNA?
You should keep the written approval with the permit on board your vessel or aircraft. Any previous written approval will become invalid once you have received your new approval.
What if I need to use another vessel or aircraft at short notice?
To allow for unexpected maintenance or repairs you may, at any time, interchange your vessel or aircraft for a period of less than 72 hours. The new craft must be of a similar size and passenger capacity to that allowed by your permit. There is no need to notify the GBRMPA for these short-term interchanges. However, if you require a change for greater than 72 hours then you must have a VNA for that new craft.
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