NQBP places a high priority on ensuring Port facilities are secure from the threat of terrorism. NQBP works closely with government agencies and the port users to ensure appropriate security measures are in place.
There are three security threat assessment levels:
- Security Level 1: Normal level
- Security Level 2: Heightened risk of a non-site-specific security threat
- Security Level 3: A security incident has occurred, or a site-specific threat is probable or imminent.
Currently all security-regulated NQBP ports are operating at Security Level 1.
Those NQBP ports that have trading links with countries throughout the world are security-regulated ports.
Maritime security requirements come into force under the International Shipping and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. In Australia, the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 (MTOFSA) and Regulations enacts these requirements as legislation.
NQBP has Maritime Security Plans, approved by the Office of Transport Security (OTS) for each of its ports, with the exception of the Port of Maryborough. Port facility operators and port service providers in these ports also have security plans approved by the Office of Transport Security (OTS).
Some of the security requirements in these ports may restrict access to some areas of the ports that have been traditionally enjoyed by the public. These measures are designed to protect the community and people employed in the port area.
The Port of Maryborough is not a security-regulated port under the MTOFSA. NQBP has no staff or facilities in this port. Therefore, security-regulated ships are responsible for ensuring the security of their operations conducted in this port.
NQBP complies fully with the requirements of the MTOFSA and Regulations. Port Security Committee meetings are held approximately every six months for each port to coordinate effective security measures across the whole port area.
Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC)
Through legislation Australia has introduced an Australia-wide identification card for the port and maritime industry, known as the Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). An MSIC is valid at any port in Australia and must be worn by every person entering a restricted zone.
NQBP’s Port of Mackay Maritime Security Plan was recently reviewed and an MSIC is no longer required to enter the secured area of the Port of Mackay at security level 1, which is the current security level.
Please note that the security gates at the port will remain closed at all times and the current practice of visitors requiring access passes remains the same. Only persons with an operational need will be granted access to the port.
Any further applications for an MSIC can be made through the organisations listed below.
- If you are in Mackay, contact Parasol: https://www.parasol.com.au/our-locations
- Port of Brisbane: visit www.portbris.com.au or phone 3258 4823
- Multicard Pty Ltd: visit www.msic.com.au or phone 1300 666 910
- 1-Stop Connections: phone 1300 881 055
To facilitate the process, an awareness and induction process is available on the Port of Brisbane website.
Specific Port Security Arrangements
Port of Hay Point
Port security advice for the general public is available in the Port of Hay Point Port Security Advice fact sheet.
Port of Mackay
Members of the general public can obtain Port of Mackay security advice in the Port of Mackay Port Security Advice fact sheet.
Visitors to a vessel must satisfy ID requirements to gain access through the cordon and have a verifiable reason to enter the port. Only after satisfying security of the need to visit a vessel will the visitor be permitted to enter the security-regulated port. Visitors will be required to undertake a short port induction and obtain a port access card.
Visitors will also be subject to ship access controls.
Landside Restricted Zone
A landside restricted zone (LRZ) will be established in the vicinity of any wharf where a fuel or passenger ship is berthed. It will come into force one hour prior to the arrival of the relevant ship, and remain in force until that ship has intentionally let go its moorings and cleared the berth by a distance of no less than 400 metres. Any person entering that LRZ must be the holder of an MSIC and have an ‘operational need’ to be there.
Public access to the waterways in the vicinity of the wharves, within the Mackay Harbour, is not permitted at any time. Port Notice 1/12 has been developed permitting access to certain areas of the Mackay Harbour on written application to NQPB, and appropriate conditional approval.
The Port of Mackay’s security office is now located immediately to the left of the main access gates as you approach the secured harbour area on Harbour Road. There is no requirement to enter the secured/gated area to access the security office. Car parking is available next to the office.
All enquiries with regard to port operations and visitor access are to be made at that office.
Port of Abbot Point
Port of Abbot Point security advice for the general public is available in the Port of Abbot Point Port Security Advice fact sheet.
Port of Weipa
Members of the general public can obtain security advice from the Port of Weipa Port Security Advice fact sheet.
Workplace Health and Safety
NQBP conducts its activities to provide a work environment that protects the health, safety and welfare of all people in its workplaces. NQBP has documented and structured health and safety management systems based on the Australian/New Zealand Standard 4801:2001 “Occupational Health and Safety Management System”. The NQBP management system has been developed to ensure policies and procedures are in place to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace and to ensure legislative requirements are met.
Workplace Health and Safety Compliance
NQBP uses a risk-management approach to identify potential workplace risks and implements appropriate controls to manage risks to an acceptable level. Details about this are outlined in NQBP’s Workplace Health and Safety Policy.
Workplace health and safety audits are carried out on all NQBP workplaces annually.
NQBP’s Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Committee, which includes both management and staff representatives, meets quarterly to review NQBP’s safety and environmental performance.