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10-2017 - In-water hull and biofouling survey of vessels arriving in Australian ports

​3 February 2017

Who does this notice affect?

This notice is of interest to commercial vessel operators and owners of vessels that visit ports outside Australia.

Why is the survey happening?

The department is conducting a voluntary in-water hull biofouling survey of vessels entering Australian ports.

The survey will inform the development of new internationally consistent biofouling standards for Australia.

Managing the amount of biofouling on vessels not only reduces the risk of harmful plants and animals entering Australian waters, but it also improves vessel performance and reduces both CO2 emissions and maintenance costs.

The department has engaged Ramboll Environ to conduct the survey which will run between January and June 2017. Owners and operators of Australian and internationally operated commercial vessels that have travelled overseas are invited to participate.

The survey is not a compliance activity and will not involve identifying biofouling species, taking physical samples or removing any biofouling from the vessel. All information collected will be treated as confidential.

Dive survey locations

  • Adelaide (South Australia)
  • Brisbane, Gladstone and Townsville (Queensland)
  • Burnie, Devonport and Hobart (Tasmania)
  • Albany, Dampier, Esperance, Fremantle and Bunbury  (Western Australia)
  • Darwin and Gove (Northern Territory)
  • Geelong, Hastings and Melbourne (Victoria)
  • Port Botany, Port Kembla and Sydney (New South Wales).

Benefits of participation

The dive survey takes approximately 3–4 hours, depending on the vessel, local weather and sea conditions. Participants will receive a free dive survey report for the vessel that covers:

  • amount and location of biofouling
  • condition of the antifouling coatings
  • general condition of the hull.

Further information

For further information or to join the survey please visit In-water hull an​d biofouling survey of vessels entering Australian ports or email the Marine Pest Unit.