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Marine pollution

The Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 and Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Regulation 2018 protect Queensland's marine and coastal environment by minimising deliberate and negligent discharges of ship-sourced pollutants into coastal waters. Marine pollutants include:

  • oil (including diesel fuel, petrol and oil products) and oily residues or mixtures
  • chemicals and chemical residues
  • sewage
  • garbage (food wastes, paper products, rags, glass, metal, bottles, crockery, fishing gear, nets, bait boxes, lining, packing material, deck sweepings, paints, wood products, wire residues and all plastics).

It is an offence to discharge pollutants (either deliberately or negligently) and severe penalties apply. Ships operating in Queensland's coastal waters must carry the applicable pollution prevention documentation.

Maritime Safety Queensland works in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Science and local government authorities to protect the marine environment and prosecute offenders. Everyone can help protect our waters by reporting marine pollution incidents to a local Maritime Safety Queensland office.

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Last updated
10 September 2018