MAR Maritime Operations Linesperson

Project scope

The purpose of this project is to revise the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Linesperson).


A Linesperson is engaged in a range of tasks in vessel mooring and unmooring operations.  These operations are changing as new technology and equipment is employed.


The risk of injury to tug crews and linesmen is high and it is critical for linespersons’ safety that they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to work with highly automated line equipment and perform manual operations.  Tasks include applying knowledge of maritime terminology and port procedures, transmitting and receiving information by marine radio, and performing mooring and unmooring activities.


A linesperson will also maintain mooring equipment, shift mooring lines using mechanical means, and adhere to workplace health and safety, emergency and terminal security procedures.  Ensuring that the Linesperson understands and can perform these duties is critical to regulatory compliance and safety




  • 1 revised qualification
  • 7 revised Units of Competency
  • 1 new Unit of Competency


The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 June 2021.

How to get involved


A Technical Advisory Committee will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.


Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

Technical advisory committee




The Maritime Industry Reference Committee has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.


Comprising 10 subject matter experts from Industry, Unions and RTOs, the TAC has been tasked with:

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding Maritime Linesperson Operations to the review and development of Units of Competency, qualifications and Skill Sets
  • Validating the technical content of the Training Package products
  • Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials
  • Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations
  • Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
  • Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration.
  • Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority


The TAC held its first meeting on Wednesday, 21 October 2020.





Work on this project has commenced and the Maritime IRC is forming a TAC.

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review the MAR20116 Certificate II in Maritime Operations Linesperson Qualification, seven associated Units of Competency and develop one Unit of Competency.


TAC nominations closed on Friday, 25 September 2020.


For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.



22 JANUARY 2021



On behalf of the Maritime Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Maritime Operations Linesperson project has drafted Training Package materials and would like your feedback.


The TAC has revised one qualification and seven Units of Competency to address the appropriate skills and knowledge required to work with highly automated line equipment and safely perform mooring and unmooring operations.


The TAC has determined that the proposed new unit will not be developed. Instead, existing units have been updated to incorporate skills required to operate new technology and equipment.


To view the drafts, click below:








Please submit your feedback by close of business Monday, 22 February 2021.




Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.


Summary of development

Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.

Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Maritime Compass Adjusters, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.



Summary of feedback



Anna Jerrems

Industry Skills Specialist - Maritime




Phone: 0459 031 101