The Australian Maritime Safety Authority ("AMSA") commented as to how they intended to deal with the problem in Australian Ports. While AMSA is endeavoring to ensure that all ships are Y2K compliant, they realise that this is not going to be possible.
Therefore, they intend to look for evidence that ship owners have introduced a risk based contingency plan in the event that something goes wrong. AMSA will also be looking for evidence that the contingency plan has been tested and that the ship's crew are aware of its content. AMSA also stressed that the Y2K problem is linked to other computer-based problems in that the critical date is not just 1 January 2000, but also 29 February 2000 (leap year).
AMSA has indicated that they will be sending their surveyors onto ships with the adapted questionnaire. If the ship owner states that they are not Y2K compliant and do not have a tested contingency plan in place, then a warning notice will be issued. Once a warning notice has been issued, if a ship intends to return to Australian waters during the critical time period, then it will be expected that a contingency plan will be in place. If there is no evidence of a contingency plan, a ship may be detained until the end of the critical time period.
More information: David Roylance at Middletons Moore & Bevins