3 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. 5 (1985-1986)

handle is hein.journals/ausnewma3 and id is 1 raw text is: Shipping registrations
Ray Bergsma*
Thank you for your welcome and for inviting me to talk to you tonight
about ship registration. Since the introduction of the Australian Ship
Registration system the Department of Transport has endeavoured to
cultivate a co-operative approach with its clients, rather than an inflexible
bureaucratic one of beating the public around the head with the new
We therefore try to spread our message wherever possible, especially with
interested professionals like yourselves and also through pamphlets, articles
in boating magazines, and briefing sessions throughout Australia. On a
more personal note, however, people far wiser than I have said that any
Federal public servant who strays from his airconditioned ivory tower in
Canberra into state territory to participate in face to face encounters with
the people whose taxes pay his salary is either approaching normal
retirement, seeking early retirement, or is in need of psychological help. In
my case the situation is further aggravated by the fact that I am not a lawyer
but only a simple administrator responsible for trying to make the
legislation work.
Having said that I now feel able to talk about -
A. the objectives of ship registration;
B. a brief history of ship registration;
C. a comparison between the previous law and the current law;
D. the administration and its problems.
I will however concentrate on those aspects which have a practical bias.
Registration of ships has four main objectives -
to provide the ship with nationality;
to give title to the ship;
to enable encumbrances to be registered; and
to give effect to article 5 of the Geneva Convention on the
High Seas 1958.
Registrar of Ships. An address given to a meeting of the N.S.W. branch of MLAANZ on 7
August 1985.

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