Reporting maritime environmental emergencies
How and when to report a marine transport emergency or marine oil pollution in WA.
All marine oil pollution incidents or marine transport emergency incidents that are or have the potential to impact WA State Waters must be reported to the Department of Transport.
Reporting incidents immediately will help to minimise the potential impact of the incident to the environment, people and property.
Types of maritime environmental emergency incidents
A marine oil pollution incident is an actual or impending spillage, release or escape of oil or an oily mixture into the marine environment.
A marine transport emergency incident is an actual or impending event involving a vessel, including collision, a stranding or an incident of navigation.
Other types of incidents
Algae blooms often get mistaken for marine oil pollution. You can report algae blooms to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
If you are unsure if it is an algae bloom or a marine oil pollution, report the incident to the Department of Transport by calling 08 9480 9924.
The occurrence of Oiled Wildlife may not be linked to a Marine Oil Pollution incident.
You can report Oiled Wildlife to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions via the Wildcare Helpline on 08 9474 9055.
If you believe the oiled wildlife are due to a marine oil pollution incident, report the incident to the Department of Transport by calling 08 9480 9924.
A shipboard fire does not necessarily constitute a marine transport emergency.
You can report Fire incidents to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. For life threatening emergencies call 000.
If you are unsure if it is also a marine transport emergency, report the incident to the Department of Transport also by calling 08 9480 9924.
The management of maritime environmental emergencies do not include the facilitation of marine search and rescue. For life threatening emergencies call 000.
More information on the management of marine search and rescue is available on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website.
Any maritime environmental emergency that is occurring within a Port or Maritime Facility, must also be reported to the relevant Port Authority/Operator of Facility Manager/Operator.
Find out more about Port Authorities in WA.
When reporting to a Port, maritime environmental emergencies still need to be reported to the Department of Transport also by calling 08 9480 9924.