Apply to enter the coastal waters of Western Australia – higher risk vessels

The Master, Operator, Charterer or Agent of a vessel from a higher risk location must submit a declaration before arriving into Western Australian coastal waters.

The State Emergency Coordinator issued the Regulated Entry of Higher Risk Vessels into Western Australia Directions (PDF) on 21 October 2021.

These Directions outline the requirements for vessels to enter WA if they have been in a higher risk location in the 28 days before they arrive into WA coastal waters. These vessels are referred to as Higher Risk Vessels.

These Directions are related to a recent Notice published by the WA Government. Further details are available at Notice to Shipping Industry.

Guidelines to Industry are available at Industry Guidelines Vessels from Higher Risk Locations (PDF)

Higher Risk Locations

The Chief Health Officer may deem some jurisdictions as posing a higher risk of bringing COVID-19 into the Western Australian community. Locations identified as such will be classified as higher risk locations for a period of 3 months from notification unless otherwise determined by the Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer determination of Higher Risk Locations is available at CHO Designated Higher Risk Locations (PDF).

Current Locations deemed to be higher risk locations for the purposes of commercial shipping are:

  • ports on the Indonesian Islands of Java, Kalimantan, the Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung Islands, Lampung and Sulawesi. Vessels that are expected to arrive into WA coastal waters within 28 days, from these locations from 5 November 2021 onwards, must comply with these directions.

UPDATE:  The Chief Health Officer has made a revised determination that the Ports on the above Indonesian ports will be downgraded from Higher Risk to normal shipping risk as from 1 December 2021. See the updated advice at CHO Designation Higher Risk Locations amended

Therefore vessels that have transited this location at any time during the period 5 November 2021 to 1 Decemeber 2021 and transit to WA within 28 days afterwards, will still need to submit a declaration, however vessels that visit these islands after or outside these dates will no longer be required to submit a declaration.

Higher Risk Vessels

Higher Risk Vessel means a vessel :

  • that enters a port at a Higher Risk Location; or
  • that loads or unloads any thing at a Higher Risk Location; or
  • if any person has boarded the vessel at Higher Risk Location,

at any time in the 28 days before the vessel enters the coastal waters of WA.

Higher Risk Vessel Declaration

Before a higher risk vessel may enter the coastal waters of WA, it must lodge a declaration form that declares it has complied with WA Government requirements. It must be made by a person authorised by the relevant operator, charterer or agent. It relates to the 28 days prior to the entry of the vessel into the coastal waters of WA and includes statements confirming that:

  • no crew member boarded or left the vessel at a Higher Risk Location; and
  • any person who boarded the vessel at a Higher Risk Location wore a disposable surgical mask or particulate filter respirator that covered their nose and mouth when on the vessel; and
  • all crew onboard the vessel have received a negative Rapid Antigen Test result at the time of departure from the last port prior to entry into WA.

Download the Vessel Declaration form (PDF)

The declaration must be in the prescribed format and must be submitted to:

Department of Transport, Shipping Declarations

Email: COVIDshippingdec@transport.wa.gov.au .

COVID-19 Vessel Management Protocols

While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that the shipping industry lodge COVID-19 Management Protocols at least 28 days before the vessel’s proposed arrival into WA. The COVID-19 Management Protocols may be vessel specific or relate to multiple vessels owned or operated under the same corporate structure.

COVID-19 Management Protocols should include details to show the following factors are being managed to industry best-practice standards:

  • crew change arrangements
  • shore leave
  • interaction with port workers
  • health screening regime
  • vaccination status.

Once submitted, the COVID-19 Management Protocols will be reviewed and if they address the WA requirements will be approved and issued with a Protocol Record Number.

This Protocol Record Number should be included on the declaration form for vessels when they apply to enter the coastal waters of WA from a higher risk location.

By adopting the approved protocols, a vessel arriving from a higher risk location will be able to ensure they can submit a compliant declaration.

COVID-19 Management Protocols should be submitted to:

Department of Transport, Ports Management

Email: COVIDprotocols@transport.wa.gov.au

Approved protocols

The following COVID-19 management protocols have been approved:

  • BGC AUSTRALIA - COVID-19 MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL - PRN A16417083
  • MV.OCEAN CROWN IMO NO.9866653 –  COVID 19 MANAGEMENT PLAN - PRN A16416597

  • SHARK BAY SALT - COVID-19 SHIPPING PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOLS  - PRN A16416439

  • CBH GROUP  -  CBH RISK MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK FOR VESSELS TRANSITING THROUGH HIGH RISK PORTS  - PRN A16444908

  • TAI CHONG CHEANG STEAMSHIP CO (Hk) LTD  -  OIL TANKERS  -  PRN A16610932

  • MCDERMOTT - LAY VESSEL 108 - PRN A17002764

  • DALEX SHIPPING CO SA - ALL DALEX SHIPPING CO FLEET - PRN A16805903

  • FLEET SHIP MANAGEMENT PTE LTD - VESSEL OCEAN MAKMUR - PRN A170004157

  • TAI CHONG CHEANG STEAMSHIP CO (SHANGHAI) LTD - BULK FLEET - PRN A16787578

  • THENAMARIS CONBULK INC - MV SEALINK - VESSELS TRANSITING THROUGH HIGH RISK PORTS - PRN A170005870

Page reviewed 30 March 2022