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Backing Queensland Maritime Jobs Initiative

Port by the water

The Queensland Government is implementing its Backing Queensland Maritime Jobs Grant Programs, in which financial assistance will be made available under 3 grant programs:

  • Coastal Shipping Grant Program
  • Maritime Employment Grant Program
  • Maritime Training Grant Program

Read more about the initiative.

Lifejacket and safety lanyard reforms

Have your say about our proposed changes for wearing lifejacket and kill switch safety lanyards.

Queensland has seen significant growth in the popularity of recreational boating and personal watercraft use in recent years. As many more people are using our waterways, we think enhancing the rules for wearing lifejackets and kill switch safety lanyards in some high-risk situations will help ensure they continue to be safe.

We are seeking your feedback on our proposed changes. There are 2 ways you can provide your responses:

  1. completing an online survey on a computer
  2. download the consultation questions and email your responses to

We just ask that before you complete this survey, you please read the package of consultation materials.

The survey closes Friday 23 December.

Brisbane Port Pilotage Transition

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) conducted a competitive tender process for pilotage services in Brisbane throughout 2020, with the successful proponent, Poseidon Sea Pilots (PSP) due to commence services on 1 January 2022.

Periodic updates will be made to the Port Procedures Manual (PPM) as required.

Email all enquiries about the Brisbane Port Pilotage Transition to

Personal Watercraft safety campaign

Over the last 5 years, new registrations of Personal Watercraft (PWC) increased at more than 6 times the rate of recreational ship registrations in the Brisbane maritime region.

Last year, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) coordinated and launched the RideSAFE Ride Responsibly PWC safety campaign, committing to engage with Gold Coast PWC owners and masters to ensure their understanding of PWC laws and safe operating practices, and reduce the number of PWC related marine incidents and injuries in Gold Coast waters.

Rolling into 2022 and further afield, the campaign will continue to include targeted education, engagement, and enforcement activities that focus on licensing, lifejackets, freestyling, speed and distance off requirements. Continue to ride safely and responsibly, and brush up on your rules and regulations - visit our PWC safety pages.

War on Wrecks

As at 31 July 2022, there are 1039 fewer derelicts in Queensland waters because of Maritime Safety Queensland's War on Wrecks program. With around 365 additional vessels identified either as derelict or at risk of becoming derelict, we will continue to remove these rotting, unseaworthy and derelict vessels from our bays, rivers, and creeks.

Find out more about the War on Wrecks.

Maritime Minutes

Do you know which navigation lights you need for your powered vessel? Watch our video to find out.

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