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  Advice: Maritime Directions

New Maritime Directions come into force 2 July 2021

In accordance with new Maritime Directions issued by the State Emergency Coordinator; Mariners, Vessel Operators, Port Facility Operators, Marine Pilots, Ships Agents, Stevedores, Surveyors and all shore-based personnel operating in Ports in Western Australia are advised that new Directions have been issued that protect the health interests of our community through requirements to comply when conducting certain activities in and around Western Australian waters and ports, particularly when it involves vessels from international or restricted locations (exposed vessel).

The suite of Directions includes:

  • Exposed On-Board Worker Directions - implements requirements for a compliant shift on an exposed vessel;
  • Maritime Crew Member Directions - controls crew movements on/off ships;
  • Rig or Platform Crew Member Directions - controls crew movements on/off rigs and platforms;
  • Transport and Accommodation Services (Exposed Maritime Worker) Directions - controls transportation and provides requirements for certain journeys; and the existing
  • Controlled Border for Western Australia Directions - controls entry into WA.

These Directions are available from the WA Government website: 

If you have any specific questions regarding the application or enforcement of these Directions, contact the WA Police on: 

All maritime industry participants operating from Western Australian Ports are advised to follow the requirements of the Directions and to contact WA Police with any questions or details regarding declarations of non-compliance. 

There are serious penalties for non-compliance with these Directions by Fines up to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for Body Corporates.

  • Start date: 02/07/2021
  • End date: 
  • Issued: 30/06/2021
  • Number: 2021-85

  Advice: COVID19 notification - shipping and pilotage ports

Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA) Ports and COVID-19 notifications to Department of Transport

Mariners, Vessel Operators, Port Facility Operators, Marine Pilots, ships Agents and all shore based personnel operating in Ports of the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA) are advised that in addition to any reports to the Commonwealth or State authorities with regards to a crew member with either confirmed COVID-19, or an undiagnosed illness with COVID-19 like symptoms, a notification to the Western Australian Department of Transport Harbour Master must be made immediately. It is expected that wherever possible this report be made prior to the vesselís arrival at the Port and prior to the ship committing to berthing.

The default position of the Department of Transport upon this notification will be to direct the vessel to a safe anchorage pending written direction from Western Australian Health Department. Whilst the default position will be to direct vessels to anchor, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure the safety of the vessel, the crew, the Port Facility and the Western Australian community. 

This requirement will apply to ALL vessels arriving from any overseas port or any Australian interstate Port at the following Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA) Ports:

  • Port Walcott;
  • Cape Preston;
  • Onslow;
  • Barrow Island; and 
  • Carnarvon.

Notifications required as per this Notice should be made immediately on a 24/7 basis to the duty Harbour Master at:

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Maritime Division, Department of Transport

  Advice: Non-lethal SMART drum lines and response vessels

Mariners are advised that drum lines will be temporarily deployed as required by the Government of Western Australia in Western Australian coastal waters as part of the non-lethal SMART (Shark Management Alert in Real Time) Drumline scientific trial.

The drum lines will be attached to a floating surface buoy(s), marked with the following words; 'Government of Western Australia - If found please report on 1800 040 334'.

Acting pursuant to Section 66 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1982 and Regulation 10A(b) of the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958, I hereby close the following area of water to all vessels, excepting bona fide vessels, and prohibit swimming:

Government of Western Australia drum lines:

  • All the waters within 100 metres of Government of Western Australia drum lines.

Response vessels:

  • All the waters within 100 metres of bona fide vessels taking part in Government of Western Australia shark scientific trial activities and operations.

No vessel is to approach, moor to or interfere with the above equipment at any time.

Mariners are advised to keep well clear of bona fide response vessels and drum lines at all times.

Christopher J Mather, Director, Waterways Safety Management, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 01/02/2019.
  • End date: Until further notice
  • Issued: 01/02/2019.
  • Number: 2019-24.

  Advice: Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA) Ports mandatory pilotage and commercial vessel access requirements

Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (WA) Ports

Ships Masters, ship operators and ships agents are reminded that commercial vessel access and mandatory pilotage requirements to Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (Act) Ports (S&P Ports) exist and should be complied with at all times.

The gazetted Ports of the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967 (Act) and Shipping and Pilotage (Ports and Harbours) Regulations 1966 (Regs) that are of interest are contained within Schedule 1A of the Regs, and at the time of issuance of this Notice are as follows:

  • PorPort of Barrow Island; and
  • Port of Cape Preston;
  • Port of Carnarvon (including the export terminals of Useless Loop and Cape Cuvier);
  • Port of Onslow;
  • Port of Perth (including Jervoise Bay, Thomson Bay, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour;
  • Swan River and Hillarys Boat Harbour);
  • Port Walcott;

All Masters, ship operators and ship agents are reminded that pursuant with s.5 of the Act, the Harbour Master has the power to control the entry, departure, berthing, mooring and moving of vessels within the port, and may exercise such powers relating to the control and the direction of vessels and persons within the port to maintain good order within the port.

Within the port boundaries (as marked on appropriate AUS charting products) of the above listed S&P Ports all commercial vessel access and marine operations, irrespective of vessel size, must be approved by the Western Australian Department of Transport (WA DoT) Harbour Master prior to a commercial vessel arrival at the port boundary and prior to any marine operations being conducted. Vessels that do not have prior approval to access the port should not proceed beyond the port boundary into the waters of the port. Vessels that do not have prior approval for their marine operations should not commence those operations.

Vessel Masters, vessel operators and vessel agents are reminded that pursuant with s.11 of the Act, any person who fails to comply with any order or Direction of a Harbour Master made under the powers of the Act (s.5 or 7), commits an offence and may face a fine of $12,000.00

In addition, vessel Masters, vessel operators and vessel agents are reminded that pursuant with s.9 of the Regs, pilotage is mandatory for vessels:

  1. Which have a LOA of 35 metres or greater; or
  2. Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.

Further, it is an offence to act as a Pilot for a vessel which is subject to mandatory pilotage in an S&P Port without being issued a Pilot's Licence by the Western Australia Department of Transport (WA DoT). Any ships Master, or other person supervising the passage of a vessel which is subject to mandatory pilotage in any S&P Port without a WA DoT issued Pilot's Licence or suitable Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) is in breach of the Regs and may face a fine of $10,000.00.

Details of the latest Act and Regs can be obtained at the Parlimentary Counsel's Office website link below.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Marine Safety Western Australia Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 15/06/2016.
  • Amended: 21/01/2022.
  • Number: 2016-62.
External Link Parlimentary Counsel's Office website

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