Marine Order 98 (Marine Pollution - Anti-fouling Systems) - Australian Government


You are required to comply with this Marine Order if you intend to operate a regulated Australian vessel.

This Order establishes controls on anti-fouling systems in order to prevent damage caused to marine organisms by harmful substances. Anti-fouling systems are defined as any coating, paint, surface treatment, surface or device that is used on a ship to control or prevent attachment of unwanted organisms, which may slow down a ship and increase fuel consumption.

The controls prescribed in the Order are aimed at preventing the use of any anti-fouling material which may persist in the water with the potential of killing sealife, harming the environment, or entering the food chain.

The use of anti-fouling systems must be approved by the agency. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Protection of the Sea (Harmful Anti-fouling Systems) Act 2006 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 98 (Marine pollution - anti-fouling systems) 2013 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Marine Environment Division

Contact details

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Marine Environment 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
Phone: 02 6279 5040
Fax: 02 6279 5026