Mooring control area rules

Find out about the rules and regulations regarding mooring control areas in WA, including registrations, transfers and substitutions, inspections and audits, and emergency mooring applications.

  Vessel mooring management strategy

Due to the adverse impact of unauthorised moorings on public safety, public access and the environment, the Department of Transport adopted a State-Wide Vessel Mooring Management Strategy to improve the management of moorings.

The strategy established Mooring Control Areas (MCAs) in various areas within navigable State waters. These are located at:

  • Carnarvon Fascine.
  • Peel region.
  • Oyster Harbour (Albany).
  • Mangles Bay (Rockingham).
  • Swan and Canning Rivers.

Go to Mooring control areas in WA for detailed information about each MCA.

Owners of unauthorised moorings within an MCA must register their mooring within the stipulated time, otherwise the Department may remove the mooring without compensation. However, there is no guarantee that approval will be granted to retain the mooring.

MCAs are managed in accordance with the Shipping and Pilotage (Mooring Control Areas) Regulations 1983 (WA).

For more information, please contact us.

Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Shipping and Pilotage (Mooring Control Areas) Regulations 1983 (WA)

  The benefits of mooring control areas

Mooring control areas (MCAs) help ensure that:

  • Existing mooring owners have an opportunity to formally register their mooring and secure access rights over the site.
  • Existing moorings are inspected by a recognised mooring contractor to ensure that they are fit for purpose and do not adversely impact nearby moorings or the environment.
  • Installation of additional moorings do not adversely impact other registered mooring owners, the environment or other users.
  • All moorings are maintained in an acceptable condition to reduce the incidents and damage to neighbouring vessels, through an ongoing mooring inspection regime.
  • Liability protection is available for the transferral of mooring registrations.

The MCA system also enables the Department of Transport to act on complaints from registered owners regarding unauthorised use of their moorings or installation of unauthorised moorings.

  Types of moorings

Private moorings

Private mooring

Private moorings within a Mooring Control Area (MCA) must be registered with the Department of Transport. Please see the terms and conditions below.

Registered private moorings are marked by yellow buoys displaying the site's registration number. It is an offence to use a registered mooring site without authorisation from the registered owner.

Public mooring

Public moorings

Short-stay courtesy moorings are marked by red buoys, and may be used by the general public. These moorings will eventually be a part of a network that will extend around the WA coastline.

Use of public courtesy moorings is subject to the following conditions:

  • Availability is on a first-in, first-serve basis.
  • Maximum period of use is 72 hours.
  • Vessels must not exceed the maximum length displayed on the buoy.
  • Vessels must not be left unmanned for more than 4 hours at a time.
Emergency mooring

Emergency moorings

The Department of Transport has installed emergency moorings within various Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). These moorings are marked with white buoys and are only to be used during emergencies.

Masters must have approval from the Department before securing their vessel to these moorings. Please submit the application from below.

Please contact us for more information on the use of emergency moorings.

MAC_F_MCA_TempUseEmergencyMooring.pdf icon Temporary use of an emergency mooring Kb

  Registration terms and conditions

All registered mooring sites are subject to the registration terms and conditions.

Applications to install new moorings will only be accepted once all existing moorings have been registered.

Notes:

  • Sub-leasing of moorings is not permitted, and may result in the termination of the registration.
  • The Swan and Canning Rivers MCA was proclaimed in 1998 and is administered under the Mooring Regulations 1998. Thus, it has a different set of terms and conditions.
MAC_PO_ShippingPilotageMCA_TandC.pdf icon Mooring Control Area (MCA): Shipping and Pilotage - Registration terms and conditions Kb
MAC_PO_SwanCanningMCA_LicenceTandC.pdf icon Recreational mooring site licence terms and conditions: Swan and Canning MCA Kb
MAC_F_SwanCanningMCA_MooringSiteAuthorityToUse.pdf icon Swan and Canning: Authorisation to use a mooring site Kb
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Mooring Regulations 1988 (WA)

  Transfers and substitutions

The Shipping and Pilotage (Mooring Control Areas) Regulations 1983 control the transferring of mooring registrations, or substitution of the vessels to be moored at the registered site.

If you have changed your personal details, please update the Department of Transport using the change of personal details form.

Note:

The Swan and Canning Rivers MCA was proclaimed in 1998 and is administered under the Mooring Regulations 1998. Thus, it has a different set of terms and conditions. Please download the required forms below.

MAC_F_MCA_AppTransferRegisteredMooringSiteSaleVessel.pdf icon Mooring Control Area (MCA): Application to transfer a registered mooring site (sale of vessel) Kb
MAC_F_MCA_SubstituteVesseRegisteredMooring.pdf icon Mooring Control Area (MCA): Substitute vessel for a registered mooring site (Form) Kb
MAC_F_SwanCanningMCA_MooringSiteLicenceAppTransfer.pdf icon Swan and Canning: Application to transfer a mooring site licence Kb
MAC_F_SwanCanningMCA_MooringLicenceSubstitutionLicensedVessel.pdf icon Swan and Canning: Substitution of licensed vessel for a mooring licence Kb
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Shipping and Pilotage (Mooring Control Areas) Regulations 1983 (WA)

  Inspections and audits

All registered moorings must be inspected in order for the Certificate of Registration to be issued. These inspections take place:

  • At first installation.
  • Biennial (every 24 months), from the date of last inspection report.

Owners are responsible for having the moorings inspected and a report submitted within 7 days. All moorings are to be certified safe and fit for purpose by DoT Recognised Mooring Contractor. A list of recognised contractors can be found below.

The Department of Transport may also conduct audits of registered mooring sites. Owners will be informed of any issues identified, and will be required to rectify the problem and submit a response to the Department. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the registration.

MAC_F_MCA_InspectionInstallation.pdf icon Inspection: Installation report - Mooring control areas Kb
MAC_F_MCA_AuditReply.pdf icon Mooring audit reply Kb

  Recognised mooring contractors

Mooring Contractors appearing on the recognised mooring contractor list are recognised as being registered business's carrying adequate;

  • Liability.
  • Indemnity and property insurance.
  • Compliant with commercial vessel survey manning and safety standards.
  • Adhere to commercial diving standards while undertaking their duties.

Recognised mooring contractors have been introduced to provide mooring owners a choice of registered businesses.

Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor and cannot be approved or endorsed as such by the Department.

Please ensure of due diligence and consumer discretion when choosing your contractor.

Please discuss insurance liability with your chosen mooring contractor. The Mooring Owner is responsible for mooring buoy replacement and/or any loss or damage that may be caused.

Service Type Suburb Business Name Phone number Phone number (secondary) Fax Pre-booking required Business Hours Email Street address Postal address Business Type Comments
Recognised mooring contractor Bibra Lake Divewest Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0408 104 568 0408 914 033 No Please call for details. glenn@divewestmarine.com.au Bibra Lake P.O. Box 1535, Bibra Lake WA 6163 Authorised Agency Contact: Glen Foxton and Ben Roberts Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals
Recognised mooring contractor Cottesloe Offshore Moorings Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9385 1296 0408 083 635 (08) 9384 0437 No Please call for details. offshoremoorings@outlook.com 4 Stanhope Street, Cottesloe WA 6011 Authorised Agency Contact: Dave Barnett (Derek) Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor Dongara Bass Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0408 930 365 No Please call for details. George@bassmarine.com.au Dongara WA P.O. Box 598, Dongara WA 6525 Authorised Agency Contact: George Bass. Map pin only indicates the location of the base suburb, not the business address.
Recognised mooring contractor Dunsborough Empress Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0428 404 400 No Please call for details. john@empressmarine.com.au Dunsborough P.O. Box 1333, Dunsborough WA 6281 Authorised Agency Contact: John Lanaway. Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Gascoyne, Great Southern. Services offered: Design, Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals.
Recognised mooring contractor Exmouth Jetwave Marine Services Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0429 104 900 (08) 9949 2991 No Please call for details. nsmith@jwms.com.au Exmouth P.O. Box 76, Exmouth WA 6707 Authorised Agency Contact: Nikolas Smith Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor Hamilton Hill Indianic Diving Services (Mooring contractor) (08) 9412 9000 0417 953 312 (08) 9412 9001 No Please call for details. info@indianic.com.au Hamilton Hill P.O. Box 319, Hamilton Hill WA 6963 Authorised Agency Contact: Nigel Rees Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor Henderson Franmarine Underwater Services Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9437 3900 0427 430 001 (08) 9437 3933 No Please call for details. reception@franmarine.com.au 13 Possner Way, Henderson WA 6166 Authorised Agency Trading as: Diver 1 Diver 2. Contact: Adam Falconer-West Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor Karratha Oceanic Offshore Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9183 6777 0439 431 336 No Please call for details. troy@oceanicoffshore.com.au Karratha P.O. Box 912, Karratha WA 6714 Authorised Agency Contact: Troy Nuttall Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor Madora Bay Subsea West Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) 0450 768 074 No Please call for details. info@subseawest.com.au 14 Success Street, Madora Bay WA 6210 WA Authorised Agency Contact: John Kendall. Metropolitan Regions serviced: Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne, All regions. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All Services
Recognised mooring contractor Mandurah Aqualib Marine Diving Co. (Mooring contractor) (08) 9535 6553 0417 055 553 (08) 9535 8386 No Please call for details. moorings@aqualibdiving.com.au Mandurah P.O. Box 495, Mandurah WA 6210 Authorised Agency Contact: Richard Thomas Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West. Services offered: Maintenance, installation, inspections, removals, design, all services.
Recognised mooring contractor Marangaroo Westcoast Moorings (Mooring contractor) 0404 882 433 No Please call for details. ccagleno@iinet.net.au 8 Westgate Way, Marangaroo WA 6064 Authorised Agency Contact: Glen Underhay Regions serviced: Peel, Southwest. Services offered: Maintenance, Installations, Inspections, Removals
Recognised mooring contractor Neerabup Commercial Maritime (Mooring contractor) 0417 099 923 No Please call for details. commercialmaritime@bigpond.com 1834 Wanneroo Road, Neerabup WA 6031 Authorised Agency Contact: Todd Dowdall Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor North Fremantle Total AMS Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 94310 5889 0467 530 978 No Please call for details. North Fremantle P.O. Box 210, North Fremantle WA 6159 Authorised Agency Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Gascoyne, Great Southern. Services offered: Design, Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals.
Recognised mooring contractor Padbury Offshore Diving Services (Mooring contractor) (08) 9402 5009 0419 048 670 (08) 9402 5009 No Please call for details. offshoredivingservices@bigpond.com 7 Leichhardt Avenue, Padbury WA 6025 Authorised Agency Contact: Glen Johnson Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals
Recognised mooring contractor Sorrento Swan Mooring Services (Mooring contractor) 0428 171 932 No Please call for details. swanmooring@bigpond.com 4 Warwick Road, Sorrento WA 6020 Authorised Agency Contact: Graham Murphy Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All services
Recognised mooring contractor Wangara Engineered Water Systems (EWS) (Mooring contractor) (08) 9408 2300 No Please call for details. pweber@iinet.net.au 26 Dellamarta Road, Wangara WA 6065 Authorised Agency Contact: Pascal Weber Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design
Recognised mooring contractor Wangara Shorewater Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor) (08) 9408 0896 0487 748 700 (08) 9408 0917 No Please call for details. shorewatermarine@bigpond.com Unit 8, 15 Dellamarta Road, Wangara WA 6065 Authorised Agency Contact: Hayden Hill Regions serviced: Metropolitan, Peel, South West, Great Southern, Gascoyne, All regions. Services offered: Maintenance, Installation, Inspections, Removals, Design, All Services

 

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