Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Waste Reception Facilities in Australian Ports

Pollution prevention

Port waste reception facilities are important in preventing marine pollution by facilitating the efficient, safe and environmentally responsible disposal of ship-generated waste ashore.

Accessing facilities

Details regarding waste reception facilities in Australian ports can be found in the ‘Port Reception Facilities’ module of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). A public logon to the IMO website is needed to access this system.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) encourages Masters, agents and port authorities to forward any corrections or updates to the information in GISIS to AMSA.

Wherever possible, arrangements for the use of reception facilities in Australian ports should be made through the ship's agent.

Charges apply to the use of facilities unless otherwise indicated.

Inadequate Facilities

Should a ship's Master or agent find reception facilities in a port inadequate (for example, the facility required is not available or accessing would cause undue delay), the Master should communicate all relevant details as soon as possible to the vessel's flag State and, if possible, to the authorities of the port State.

Further information on reporting alleged inadequacies of reception facilities is contained in Marine Notice 2016/05.

On receipt of the inadequacy report from either the IMO, the flag State or the Master, the port State is obliged to consider and action reports, as appropriate, and inform the reporting flag State and the IMO of the outcome of their investigation.

Cases of alleged inadequacies reported to the IMO and a summary of the port State’s investigation are published in the “Port Reception Facilities’ module of GISIS.

MARPOL Compliance in Australia

Ships in Australian ports are subject to inspection for the purpose of enforcing the MARPOL Convention.

Ship's Masters should be aware that inspectors may ask to see records of waste disposal, as required by the ship's MARPOL Record Books, or receipts for waste disposal, which should be obtained from the operator of reception facilities and kept together with the appropriate record book.


Biosecurity requirements are strictly enforced in Australia.

Further information on Australia’s biosecurity requirements and laws is available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

Ozone Depleting Substances

The disposal of Ozone Depleting Substances is regulated in Australia by the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989.

For further details see the Department of the Environment website.

Guide to Good Practice for Port Reception Facility Providers and Users

The IMO has published a guide to good practice for port reception facility providers and users, which is provided at the Annex to Circular MEPC.1/Circ.834.

The Guide is intended to be a practical users' guide for ships' crews who seek to deliver MARPOL wastes ashore and for port reception facility providers who seek to provide timely and efficient port reception facilities for ships.

Ships’ crews, agents, port authorities and waste service providers are strongly encouraged to apply best practice as described within the Guide whenever possible.

Further information

For further information please contact Marine Environment Protection.

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