Maritime environmental emergencies

Find out about maritime environmental emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Maritime environmental emergencies present a significant risk to WA’s coastal environment and biodiversity of marine life. All marine oil pollution and marine transport emergency incidents that are or have the potential to impact WA State Waters must to be reported to the Department of Transport.

Report all maritime environmental emergencies immediately by calling 08 9480 9924.

Types of maritime environmental emergencies

Marine oil pollution is an actual or impending spillage, release or escape of oil or an oily mixture that can cause:

  • loss of life,
  • injury to a person; or
  •  damage to the health of a person, property or the environment.

Marine transport emergency is an actual or impending event involving a vessel (including collision, a stranding or an incident of navigation) if that event can cause or result in:

  • material damage to the vessel or another vessel;
  • loss of life;
  • injury to a person;
  • damage to the health of a person, property or the environment; or
  • a hazard to the navigation of other vessels.

Our role 

The Department of Transport (DoT) facilitates the management of maritime environmental emergencies through the Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER) Team. 

The activities of this team are aligned to arrangements outlined in the State Hazard Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies (SHP-MEE) and the National Plan to combat pollution of the sea by oil and other noxious and hazardous substances.

DoT also provides a range of services, training, and resources to improve preparedness, response and recovery to maritime environmental emergencies.

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 Reporting maritime environmental emergencies

How and when to report a marine transport emergency or marine oil pollution in WA.

 Preventing maritime environmental emergencies

How to protect WA’s coastal environment from oil spills and other marine pollution.

 Maritime environmental emergency management and arrangements

Find out about legislation and arrangements for managing maritime environmental emergencies.

 Maritime environmental emergency response capability

Find out about services, personnel, and resources available to respond to and recover from a maritime environmental emergency in WA.

 Preparedness and response resources

Find tools, documents and resources for the preparation, response and recovery to maritime environmental emergencies.

 Preparedness and response training

Find out about training and exercises available for the development of response capability for maritime environmental emergencies.
Page last updated: Tue Jul 11 2023 10:18:03 AM