Mooring in WA waters
Overview: Mooring in WA waters
A mooring is a permanent structure to which a vessel may be secured.
Some of the Department's maritime facilities are Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). These include:
- Carnarvon Fascine.
- Mangles Bay (Rockingham).
- Oyster Harbour (Albany).
- Peel region.
- Swan and Canning Rivers.
Please go to Mooring control areas in Western Australia for more information about MCAs.
Moorings located in any other part of State waters must obtain a licence from the Department of Transport. More information is available below.
For information on the fees charged for registration and use of moorings, please go to the Marine fees and payments page.
Unauthorised moorings will be removed by the Department without compensation.
Legislation that applies to moorings in WA include:
- Section 65 of the Western Australian Marine Act 1983 (WA).
- Regulation 8 of the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 (WA).
- Mooring Regulations 1998 (WA).
For more information, please contact us.
|Department of Justice: Shipping and Pilotage (Mooring Control Areas) Regulations 1983 (WA)|
|Department of Justice: Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 (WA)|
|Department of Justice: Mooring Regulations 1988 (WA)|
Application to use moorings or boat pens
Members of the public wishing to use a mooring or boat pen at a Department of Transport managed maritime facility may contact each harbour directly; most will be able to cater for short-term stays on a casual basis.
However for maritime facilities at full capacity, members of the public who wish to moor their vessels on a long-term (annual) basis will need to apply to be placed on a wait list (see below).
A separate form is to be used for moorings in Mooring Control Areas (MCAs). Go to Mooring control area rules.
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Yacht club mooring area licences
The Department of Transport has granted Mooring Area Licences to selected Yacht Clubs, which enables them to install and maintain moorings within a defined boundary.
For more information, please contact the relevant Yacht Club.
Commercial mooring site licenses
The Department of Transport issues commercial mooring site licenses for all areas not covered within existing boat harbours or other jurisdictions.
A range of licences are available, including cyclone moorings. These licences promote fair and equitable commercial access and ensure that mooring safety and maintenance standards are met.
Installation and use of a mooring site cannot begin until approval has been granted by the Department.
All licences are valid for one (1) year, and require that the moorings are inspected annually before it can be renewed.
To apply for a new mooring license, you need to:
- Submit an Expression of Interest form.
- Ensure you understand the Terms and Conditions.
Both these documents are available for download below.
Once your application has been submitted, the Department will study the intended location of the commercial moorings before making a decision.
|Expression of interest for a commercial mooring site licence||Kb|
|Commercial mooring site licence terms and conditions||Kb|
Recognised mooring contractors
Mooring Contractors appearing on the recognised mooring contractor list are recognised as being registered business's carrying adequate;
- indemnity and property insurance;
- compliant with commercial vessel survey manning and safety standards; and
- 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 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.
The following is a list of recognised mooring contractors, as of December 2019.
|Service Type||Suburb||Business Name||Phone number||Phone number (secondary)||Fax||Pre-booking required||Business Hours||Street address||Postal address||Business Type||Vehicle type||Comments|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Bibra Lake||Divewest Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor)||0408 104 568||0408 914 033||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||Bibra Lake||P.O. Box 1535, Bibra Lake WA 6163||Authorised Agency||Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Cottesloe||Offshore Moorings Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9385 1296||0408 083 635||(08) 9384 0437||No||Please call for email@example.com||4 Stanhope Street, Cottesloe WA 6011||Authorised Agency||Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org||Dunsborough||P.O. Box 1333, Dunsborough WA 6281||Authorised Agency||Recognised mooring contractor, Designs, systems of work and works carried out by contractors are solely the responsibility of the contractor.|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Exmouth||Ningaloo Marine Services (Mooring contractor)||0474 952 172||No||Please call for email@example.com||9 Friedman Way, Exmouth WA 6707||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Hamilton Hill||Indianic Diving Services (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9412 9000||0417 953 312||(08) 9412 9001||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||Hamilton Hill||P.O. Box 319, Hamilton Hill WA 6963||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Henderson||Franmarine Underwater Services Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9437 3900||0427 430 001||(08) 9437 3933||No||Please call for email@example.com||13 Possner Way, Henderson WA 6166||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Karratha||Oceanic Offshore Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9183 6777||0439 431 336||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||Karratha||P.O. Box 912, Karratha WA 6714||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Landsdale||Smart Subsea (Mooring contractor)||0400 123 414||No||Please call for email@example.com||Unit 7, 77 Christable Way, Landsdale WA 6065||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Mandurah||Aqualib Marine Diving Co. (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9535 6553||0417 055 553||(08) 9535 8386||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||Mandurah||P.O. Box 495, Mandurah WA 6210||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Nedlands||Jetwave Marine Services (Mooring contractor)||0402 122 446||No||Please call for email@example.com||124 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands WA 6009||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Neerabup||Commercial Maritime (Mooring contractor)||0417 099 923||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||1834 Wanneroo Road, Neerabup WA 6031||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Padbury||Offshore Diving Services (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9402 5009||0419 048 670||(08) 9402 5009||No||Please call for email@example.com||7 Leichhardt Avenue, Padbury WA 6025||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Shoalwater||K&I Diving Solutions||0408 883 118||0431 281 286||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||26 Oceanrunner Boulevard, Shoalwater WA 6169||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Sorrento||Swan Mooring Services (Mooring contractor)||0428 171 932||No||Please call for email@example.com||4 Warwick Road, Sorrento WA 6020||Authorised Agency|
|Recognised mooring contractor||Wangara||Shorewater Marine Pty Ltd (Mooring contractor)||(08) 9408 0896||0487 748 700||(08) 9408 0917||No||Please call for firstname.lastname@example.org||Unit 8, 15 Dellamarta Road, Wangara WA 6065||Authorised Agency|
Moorings and biosecurity
Moorings and mooring components pose a biosecurity risk to Western Australia's aquatic environment, as they can be a stepping stone for invasive marine species (IMS) to reach new locations where they do not naturally occur.
Follow these 2 simple steps to prevent the spread of aquatic pests:
- Regularly check your mooring and mooring components for any unusual species.
- Report any unusual species found by contacting FishWatch on 1800 815 507, or through the free WA PestWatch app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google play store.
Further information visit:
- Aquatic pests and diseases, visit Department of Fisheries - Aquatic biosecurity.
- Biofouling and ballast water, refer to WA marine pest management guidelines.
|Department of Fisheries: Aquatic biosecurity|
|Department of Fisheries: Marine pest management guidelines|