Australian Standards Relevant to Loading and Unloading Cargo Ships - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with these standards if you operate a cargo ship or freight vessel, or are involved in loading or unloading cargo at a port.

All forklifts used in loading or unloading cargo must:

  • have pedal hydraulic brakes and a separate parking brake, all complying with clause 13 of Australian Standard AS 1915
  • have electrical equipment including controls and lights, protected in compliance with International Protection 64 (IP64) of Australian Standard AS 1939
  • have pneumatic or semi-pneumatic rubber tyres complying with the relevant standards specified by the Tyre and Rim Association of Australia Standards Manual
  • If powered by batteries, comply with Australian Standard AS 2359.1 for a class II hazardous area.

A powered mechanical stowing appliance must not be operated in a cargo space containing goods of classes 2.1 or 3 unless it complies with Australian Standard AS 23591.1.

An internal combustion engine must not be operated in a cargo space during loading or unloading unless it is in good order and condition and complies with section 9.1.7 of the ILO Code. Fire extinguishers must also be provided that comply with the relevant part of AS 1841.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 32 (Cargo Handling Equipment) 2016 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Ship Safety Division

Contact details

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Ship Safety Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 627 484
Phone: 02 6279 5000