Report marine pollution

All boat and ship operators must immediately report marine pollution occurring in Northern Territory (NT) waters to authorities. 

This includes any of the following:

  • fuel, sludge or oil refuse, spills or leaks
  • noxious liquid or substances including chemicals, paint and fertiliser
  • harmful substances in packaging, including rubbish.

You may be also asked to submit a marine pollution report.

Marine pollution regulations

Read the marine pollution regulations.

Marine pollution reporting authorities

You can report marine pollution by any of the following means.

By radio

You can report pollution by contacting the nearest port authority on VHF radio.

By phone, fax or email

All Northern Territory regions

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Phone: 1800 641 792
reports@amsa.gov.au

Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA)
Phone: 1800 064 567
pollution@nt.gov.au

Darwin

Marine Safety Branch, NT Department of Transport
Mobile phone: 0408 813 735
Phone: (08) 8924 7100
Fax: (08) 8924 7009
marinesafety@nt.gov.au

Regional harbourmaster, Department of Transport  
Phone: (08) 8999 3867
Email: rhm@nt.gov.au

NT Police
Phone: 131 444 or 000

Gove Harbour

Superintendent
Phone: (08) 8987 5420
Fax: (08) 8987 8041
goveshippingDG@riotinto.com

Groote Eylandt

Port superintendent, Groote Eylandt Mining Company
Phone: 0407 582 026 or  0419 802 895  after hours
Fax: (08) 8987 4499
ryan.kleinschnidt@BHPBilliton.com

Bing Bong

Port superintendent, McArthur River Mining Company
Phone: (08) 8975 9673
tony.weir@glencore.com.au or ian.bampton@glencore.com.au

Port Melville

Shipping Operations
Health safety and environment adviser
Mobile phone: 0488 200 131
steve.tetley@terasaustralia.com

Director bulk fuels
Mobile phone: 0408 000 172
sean.london@terasaustralia.com

Project manager infrastructure
Mobile phone: 0488 240 052
wayne.steffert@terasaustralia.com

How to submit a marine pollution report

When you report marine pollution to the nearest authority you may be requested within 24 hours to also submit one of the following written reports: 

Reporting oil discharges

You must include only the following relevant information in your report for oil discharges:

Ship and cargo information

You must include all of the following about the ship and cargo:

  • name of ship, call sign and flag
  • contact details of ship's owner and representative including manager or operator of ship or their agents
  • details of length, breadth, tonnage and type of ship
  • date and time of event in universal coordinated time
  • position - latitude and longitude, or true bearing and distance
  • true course as a three digit group
  • speed in knots and tenths of a knot as a three digit group
  • route information including details of intended track
  • full details of radio stations and frequencies being guarded
  • time of next report in universal coordinated time
  • types and quantities of cargo and bunkers on board
  • brief details of defects, damage or deficiencies 
  • condition of the ship and ability to transfer cargo, ballast or fuel.

Pollution information 

You must include all of the following information about the pollution: 

  • type of oil
  • estimate of quantity discharged
  • whether it is continuing to discharge
  • cause of discharge
  • estimated slick movement.

Weather and sea information

You must include weather and sea information including  wind force and direction and tide or current.

Containment, movement and salvage information

You must include information about containment, movement and salvage including action taken to move and discharge the ship and assistance and salvage efforts requested or provided by others.

If you are the master of an assisting or salvaging ship you must report salvage actions or plans. 

Reporting noxious liquid substances

You must include all of the following in your report for noxious liquid substances.

Ship information

You must include all of the following information about the ship: 

  • name of ship, call sign and flag
  • contact details of ship's owner and representative including manager, operator or agents
  • details of length, breadth, tonnage and type of ship
  • date and time of event in universal coordinated time
  • position - latitude and longitude, or true bearing and distance
  • true course as a three digit group
  • speed in knots and tenths of a knot as a three digit group
  • route information including details of intended track
  • full details of radio stations and frequencies being guarded
  • time of next report in universal coordinated time
  • brief details of defects, damage or deficiencies
  • condition of the ship and ability to transfer cargo, ballast or fuel.

Substance information

You must include all of the following information about the substance: 

  • type of oil or the correct technical name for the noxious liquid substances on board
  • United Nations (UN) number or numbers
  • pollution category (A,B,C or D) for each noxious liquid substance
  • manufacturers of substances or consignee or consignor
  • estimated quantity
  • whether substances floated or sank
  • whether loss in continuing
  • cause of loss
  • estimated movement of the discharged or lost substances giving current conditions if known
  • estimate of surface area of the spill.

Weather and sea information

You must include weather and sea information including  wind force and direction and tide or current.

Containment, movement and salvage information

You must include information about containment, movement and salvage including action taken to move and discharge the ship and assistance and salvage efforts requested or provided by others.

If you are the master of an assisting or salvaging ship you must report salvage actions or plans.

Reporting packaged harmful substances

You must include all information below in your report for packaged harmful substances. 

Ship information

You must include all of the following ship information: 

  • name of ship, call sign and flag
  • contact details of ship's owner and representative including manager or operator of ship or their agents
  • details of length, breadth, tonnage and type of ship
  • date and time of event in universal coordinated time
  • position - latitude and longitude, or true bearing and distance
  • full details of radio stations and frequencies being guarded
  • brief details of defects, damage or deficiencies 
  • condition of the ship and ability to transfer cargo, ballast or fuel.

Probable and actual discharge information 

You must include all of the following information about the probable and actual discharge of goods:

  • correct technical name or names of goods
  • United Nations (UN) number or numbers
  • International Maritime Organisation (IMO) hazard class or classes
  • manufacturer's names of goods or consignee or consignor
  • types of packages including identification marks that identify a portable tank - freight container or other container including official registration marks and numbers assigned to the unit
  • estimated quantity and likely condition of the goods
  • whether lost goods floated or sank
  • whether loss is continuing
  • cause of loss.

Weather and sea information 

You must include weather and sea information including  wind force and direction and tide or current.

Containment, movement and salvage information

You must include information about containment, movement and salvage including action taken to move and discharge the ship and assistance and salvage efforts requested or provided by others.

If you are the master of an assisting or salvaging ship you must report salvage actions or plans.

Last updated: 27 February 2017