Vessels carrying Dangerous Goods into NSW Minor Ports

If an incident occurs involving a commercial vessel carrying Dangerous Goods* as part of its cargo, an awareness of the type and quantity of this cargo is crucial to the safe management of the vessel. Provision of accurate details of the cargo and its loading will guide the appropriate combat and supporting agencies as to the types of hazards on board, and inform planning of any necessary response efforts.

Vessels carrying Dangerous Goods into NSW minor ports are now required to apply for entry to NSW Maritime at least 48 hours before the proposed port entry. Previously, this application was made through Transport for NSW.

The vessel’s master, agent or representative is required to formally apply for approval to enter a NSW port while conveying Dangerous Goods, under the Dangerous Goods (General) Regulation 1999. This process requires an application form and a detailed Dangerous Goods manifest.

Entry into port without approval is not permitted.

Approval is required for vessels wishing to enter the following NSW ports:

  • Port of Disaster Bay
  • Port of Merimbula Bay
  • Port of Montague Island
  • Port of Batemans Bay
  • Port of Jervis Bay
  • Port of Kiama
  • Port of Bass Point
  • Port of Broken Bay
  • Port of Port Stephens
  • Port of Broughton Island
  • Port of Port Macquarie
  • Port of Trial Bay
  • Port of Coffs Harbour
  • Port of Lord Howe Island.

To formally apply for approval to enter any of the above NSW ports while carrying dangerous goods, please contact the Oil Spill and Emergency Response Duty Officer via phone on +61 (0) 2 9962 9074 or email at shipping@transport.nsw.gov.au

The process has not changed for vessels wishing to enter the NSW ports of:

  • Sydney Harbour
  • Newcastle
  • Port Kembla
  • Port Botany
  • Eden
  • Yamba

For approval and advice to enter any of the above ports, please contact the Port Authority of NSW.

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