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    Port Authority of New South Wales is following federal and state advice in relation to the entry of commercial vessels to NSW. 

    Port Authority of New South Wales' primary role is to ensure the safe navigation and berthing of commercial vessels in the ports of NSW. 

    In response to COVID-19, we are following advice set by federal and state agencies in relation to the entry of these vessels to our ports.

    The Department of Agriculture manages biosecurity reporting obligations for all commercial vessels upon their first arrival in Australia and operators of vessels must lodge biosecurity information in the Department's Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) no later than 12 hours prior to arrival of this port www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/avm/vessels/mars. Port Authority does not have biosecurity enforcement obligations. More is information is available at www.homeaffairs.gov.au and www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity.

    NSW Health manages protective measures against COVID-19 at airports and seaports in NSW. More information about this can be found at the NSW Health website. 

    Federal and state agencies have also enacted strict requirements for maritime crews arriving in Australian ports and Port Authority will continue following their advice while assisting them in their duties. 

    On 28 March, the NSW Government issued a Maritime Health Protection Order which outlines restrictions to persons arriving in NSW on a vessel and persons boarding and disembarking from vessels. The amended public health order relating to maritime quarantine is here (original order commenced 28 March 2020; amendments commenced 3 April 2020).

    On 8 April, an exemption to the Order was announced to ensure a number of essential tasks can be undertaken by crew members and landside workers on and in the immediate vicinity of vessels in NSW ports. Read the exemption here.

    Operators seeking to undertake other activities not listed in the Order or in this exemption will still need to seek a specific exemption. We are working with NSW Police to consider any requests for exemptions and applications must be made via email to: MHOExemption@portauthoritynsw.com.au

    We will continue to support all relevant agencies in their efforts as per the Federal and State requirements and guidance.

    Update: cruise restrictions 

    The Australian Government has the latest COVID-19 information for the cruise industry

    Any cruise ships entering harbours or ports are there for re-provisioning of essential supplies (fuel, food and supplies).

    Update: commercial vessel restrictions

    The Australian Government has the latest COVID-19 information for the maritime industry

    Port Authority will continue following advice set by federal and state agencies in relation to the entry of commercial vessels to the ports of NSW.