A lot of scuttlebutt over the years so, as it's relevant to our business in Vanuatu
, I decided to find out the truth.
"Thank you for contacting the department for advice on managing the anti-foul and biofouling on your vessel.
The department does not have specific requirements for a vessel to have an anti-foul system or have been recently cleaned. The Biosecurity Act 2015 that has taken the place of the Quarantine Act 1908 states that a vessel cannot be an unacceptable biosecurity risk but does not give specific actions that an operator needs to undertake to manage their biofouling. The department recommends the use of the Australian Government
National Biofouling Management Guidelines as a voluntary measure to encourage best practice for biofouling management of vessels and submersible structures operating in Australia
. Development of biofouling regulations
consistent with the direction set by the International Maritime Organization is currently underway by the department. Please follow the link below if you would like to be added to the stakeholder consultation list.
If your vessel has recently had an anti-foul system applied or has recently been cleaned documentation
such as receipts from the purchase
of the paint
or from the marina for the application, or receipts from the diver service
are good records to have available should a Biosecurity Officer ask about your biofouling management. The use of a biofouling management plan and record
book as outlined by the IMO are considered best practice and strongly encouraged by the department.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us directly."
Animal Biosecurity Branch
Department of Agriculture and Water
7 London Circuit, CANBERRA ACT 2601 Australia
PO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
Beware of service
providers who offer AQIS certification
, there is currently no such thing.
NZ has recently introduced regulation but in typical government fashion it is wishy washy and not very definitive, leaving the way open for a grumpy bureaucrat to ruin your day with their interpretation. As usual it holds yachts to a higher standard than the real danger
of commercial shipping
Requirements | MPI - Ministry for Primary Industries. A New Zealand Government Department.