General Information

Security Information and Obligations

Introduction
The Port of Geelong (GeelongPort) is a security regulated port as set out in the Maritime Transport Security Act 2003 and its associated regulations.

Operators or other stakeholders in the Port of Geelong as well as operators of Australian or foreign registered ships who are unsure of their obligations under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act(2003) should seek advice from the Department of Transport and Regional Services at:

Mailing Address:
Office of Transport Security (OTS)
Department of Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development and Local Government
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Address:
Office of Transport Security (OTS)
Department of Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development and Local Government
111 Alinga Street
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: Transport.Security@dotars.gov.au
Internet Site: www.dotars.gov.au

Port Security Officer
A Port Security Officer has been appointed in the Port of Geelong. Contact details for the Port Security Officer are set out below:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 344
Geelong, Victoria 3220
Telephone +61 3 5226 6312
Facsimile +61 3 5272 1560

Office Address:
Port of Geelong (GeelongPort)
Corio Quay, Corio Quay Road
North Geelong, VIC 3215

Port Security Committee
A Port Security Committee has been established in the Port of Geelong comprising of port stakeholders in the make up of the membership.

All enquiries of these Port Security Committees should be directed to the Port Security Officer.

All enquiries of these Port Security Committees should be directed to the Port Security Officer.

A Port Facility is described as an area of land or water, or land and water, within a security regulated port (including buildings, installations or equipment in or on the area) used either wholly or partly in connection with the loading or unloading of ships.

A Port Service Provider is one of the following:

         > A tug/towage operator;
         > Bunker barge operator;
         > Lighter operator;
         > Pilot boat operator; or
         > Line handling operator.

Self identification forms to enable entities to identify whether they are required to submit Maritime Security Plans to the Department of Transport and Regional Services for approval can be obtained from the Departments internet site at: http://www.dotars.gov.au/transsec/index.aspx

Operators of Australian or foreign registered ship should contact the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

Levels of Security Alert
In line with the ISPS Code, December 2002, the following three security levels are to be adopted by the maritime industry:

(a) Security Level 1 Normal. The level for which standard security measures shall be maintained at all times;
(b) Security Level 2 Heightened. The level for which appropriate additional security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident; and
(c) Security Level 3 Exceptional. The level for which further additional security measures shall be maintained for a limited period of time when a security incident is probable or imminent, although it may not be possible to identify the specific target. In addition to these the Commonwealth of Australia has four (4) security levels of alert.

The following table shows the correlation between the Commonwealth and ISPS Code levels of alert.

NOTE: The Port of Geelong always refers to the ISPS Code levels of alert.

Commonwealth Levels of Alert

ISPS Code Levels of Alert

Low

Security Level 1

Medium

Security Level 1

High

Security Level 2

Extreme

Security Level 3

Notification of Security Alert Level
The level of security alert for the Port of Geelong will be notified via the Port of Geelong Marine Control.

Declarations of Security
Ship Security Officers seeking a Declaration of Security need to contact either the Port Security Officer, Port Facility Security Officer for their berth or the Port Service Provider servicing their ship depending on the circumstances.

Contact details for Port Facility Security Officers and Port Service Provider Security Officers can be obtained from Marine Control.

Restricted Zones
In accordance with the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 and its associated regulations, a number of land-side, water-side and ship restricted zones exist within the Port of Geelong. The location of these zones can change in accordance with the security level.

Unauthorised access to land-side, water-side and ship restricted zones is an offence under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 and severe penalties apply.

Details of restricted zones for the Port of Geelong can be obtained from Marine Control.

Reporting of Security Breaches or Suspicious Behaviour
Ship's Masters, all operators and other stakeholders in the Port of Geelong must report all breaches of security, criminal activity or suspicious behaviour.

Immediate reports of security breaches, criminal activity or suspicious behaviour should be made to the Victoria Police using the emergency telephone number 000. Alternatively reports can be made to:

Port of Geelong
Marine Control (24 hours)
Marine Control
+61 3 5247 0300
VHF Channel 12
Call Sign: "POrt of Geelong"