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Page last updated on 20-03-2024.


Port of Townsville Limited is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing and operating port facilities and services at the Port of Townsville as well as ensuring appropriate levels of safety, security, and availability.

Port Notices

The Port Notices regulate all activities in areas under the control of Port of Townsville Limited.

Port Notices apply to all port users including their employees, passengers, visitors, clients, employees of client organisations, contractors, as well as visitors and the general public entering port controlled/administered land and facilities.

Download Port Notices (JULY 2020)

Port Procedures

These Port Procedures includes what to do in terms of emergencies, pollution and marine incidents.

MSQ - Port Procedures TSV

Port Limits

Coordinates for the Port limits are outlined on the MSQ website

MSQ Port Limits

Pre-Arrival Requirements for Biosecurity

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, together with other Australian government departments, is responsible for operations related to importing goods to Australia.  The department provides updates and notices that are useful to the industry.

The department manages biosecurity controls to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering this country.

Vessel masters and shipping agents are reminded:

  • to read and understand the Biosecurity Status Document (BSD) directions and conditions, and keep a copy of the current document on board the vessel for the duration of the voyage in Australia;
  • any changes in circumstances during the voyage in Australian waters, particularly changes to the human health of travellers, must be submitted via MARS or reported to the MNCC as soon as practicable; and
  • that a failure to report accurately or comply with a requirement under the Biosecurity Act may result in penalties, including infringement notices, civil penalties or criminal prosecutions.

Vessel Pratique     MARS Offline Forms

IMO 2020 Requirements and Use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

As per IMO 2020, all vessels will be required either to use a compliant fuel or be fitted with an exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS / Scrubber).  Vessels using an EGCS are required to notify AMSA before first arrival at an Australian Port since 1 January 2020.

AMSA - Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

Any marine discharge within port limits must comply with the relevant Annexes of MARPOL and in accordance with Appendix 3 of the IMO 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (resolution MEPC.259(68)).

AMSA’s notice 12/2022 states that ‘While there are no prohibitions on the discharge of wash water from EGCS in Australian waters, some port Authorities may encourage vessels to avoid discharging wash water within port limits.’  As a Great Barrier Reef Port, best practice would be for vessels to use Annex VI compliant fuel when in Port to avoid the use of scrubbers and resultant discharge of wash water.  

Residues generated by EGCSs cannot be discharged anywhere at sea, or incinerated on board, as required by MEPC.259(68) section 10.4.  Vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI requirements, whilst in Australian waters, will be monitored by the AMSA as the Port State Control Authority for Australia.  Importantly, in the event of a malfunction, if an EGCS cannot be returned to a compliant condition within one hour, the vessel must then change over to compliant Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO).

Frequently Asked Questions

Question Response Further Details
Fishing It is prohibited to fish from, on or within 60m from a vessel or structure

Port Notices
Recreational Vessels & the Port Fact Sheet

Environmental & Biosecurity Incidents All incidents are to be reported to the Port Duty Officer immediately Port Notices
Discharge of waste to a shore-side facility before sailing It is NOT compulsory to discharge wastes shore-side before departing

It is prohibited to discharge sewage or other contaminants within the Port of Townsville.  If the ship wishes to dispose of solid or liquid wastes whilst in the Port, the Agent must notify the Duty Officer of a non-cargo liquid transfer.  The Port does not provide these services and a licensed contractor will need to be engaged.  

Waste (quarantine) Ships moored to a Commercial Wharf must arrange for the appropriate collection and disposal of all wastes from a ship (quarantine waste)

It is prohibited to discharge waste or other contaminants to waters within the Port of Townsville.  Agent is to contact the Duty Officer requesting quarantine waste services.  When in Port Quarantine waste must then be kept in sealed plastic bags on board the Ship until arrival of the collection vehicle when it is then to be delivered to the collection vehicle.

Deck cleaning - with chemicals Nil contaminants are to be discharged whilst in Port Port Notices
Deck cleaning - without chemicals Nil contaminants are to be discharged whilst in Port Port Notices
Hull cleaning - with chemicals Prohibited
Hull cleaning - without chemicals Commercial, licenced and approved operators only Forms
Hull scraping Prohibited
Hull painting - touch up Allowed with restrictions (see details/links) Forms
Hull painting - large scale Prohibited
Ballast operations - any restrictions on the discharge of ballast water that has been managed (exchanged or treated) per IMO Ballast Water Management requirements Allowed with restrictions (see details/links)

Ballast Water reporting form required? Yes
Life boat lowering (for drill purposes) Allowed with restrictions - see details Approval is required from Customs (ABF)