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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To manage the risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19), all foreign trading ships must provide information on recent crew member and passenger travel history, and any sign of symptoms.

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Brisbane Port Pilotage Transition

Marine 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.

The mobilisation of the incoming pilotage service provider has been ongoing throughout 2021, and readiness will commence in December 2021 to enable transition 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 the Pilotage Services Team.

Backing Queensland Maritime Jobs

Maritime Safety Queensland seeks information from commercial entities about the creation of maritime jobs through the provision of coastal shipping services in Queensland, the creation of maritime jobs within existing maritime operations or the creation of maritime jobs in some other way. A market sounding invitation to deliver maritime jobs across Queensland is now open on the Queensland Government’s QTender website.  

Submissions to the market sounding for ‘Backing Queensland Maritime Jobs’ will remain open until 5pm, 9 February 2022.  Enquiries about the market sounding invitation should be directed to the Contact Officer at

The Backing Queensland Maritime Jobs initiatives were informed by the Maritime Jobs Taskforce report.

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 end of November 2021, there are 925 fewer derelicts in Queensland waters because of Maritime Safety Queensland's War on Wrecks program. With around 350 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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