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Taskforce gets cracking on wrecks

Derelict Vessel - Yeppoon

Rotting old boats and vessels abandoned by their owners are being removed from our bays, rivers and creeks.

Over the last 4 years 86 derelict vessels have been removed from our state's waterways. But there is plenty more work to be done.

A $20 million War on Wrecks fighting fund will assist a parliamentary and industry taskforce to remove abandoned ships from Queensland waterways.

State-wide public consultation will be undertaken to help identify unseaworthy vessels that can be removed from our waterways and to understand and remedy the factors causing this growing problem.

And we need your eyes and ears to help us identify the worst derelict vessels!

Have your say

The taskforce is scheduling public consultation meetings in:

How you can help

Watch our website for further information on public consultation and attend if you:

  • know of the location of an unseaworthy vessel that is a danger to navigation or a threat to the marine environment or public safety
  • own such a vessel and would like to discuss ways of removing it
  • know the identity and contact details of the owners of such vessels
  • think you can help with suggestions to prevent vessels becoming derelict and abandoned in future.

Dob in a derelict

If you cannot attend a meeting there’s no need to wait. Assisted by Maritime Safety Queensland, the taskforce is acting now to remove derelict vessels and pursue their owners for the costs—because responsibility for boats from maiden voyage to final mooring rests with their owners.

We invite you to dob in a derelict or get involved in the solutions to the problem by contacting

The end game

The taskforce aims to rid Queensland’s waterways of wrecks and identify and address any systemic issues that could recreate the problem in future. It will produce a report to government within 6 months on ways to reduce the number of derelict vessels impacting on Queensland.

Ultimately, prevention is better than cure.

Let’s work together now to keep Queensland’s beautiful coastline free of wrecks!

Pollution legislation update

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) administers the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 (TOMPA 1995) and Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Regulation 2018 (TOMPR 2018).

This legislation gives effect to relevant provisions of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL) to which Australia is a signatory. MARPOL is the main international convention for preventing ship-sourced pollution.

The regulation has been remade and the  majority of provisions from the previous regulation remain in place, with key changes including:

  • updates to align with MARPOL
  • amendments seeking consistency with international instruments and national legislation
  • amendments seeking to clarify existing regulatory requirements
  • amendments to streamline requirements and reduce the regulatory burden.

Read more about the amendments to the provisions (PDF, 67KB).

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