Managing biofouling is the key to reducing the spread of marine pests

If a vessel is heavily biofouled then marine pest species are likely to be present. Heavy biofouling can be recognised by the prescence of organisms such as mussels, oysters, seaweeds and sea squirts. 

You can reduce the risk of your vessel spreading these pests by incorporating practices that minimise the build up of biofouling into your routine vessel maintenance programs.

To assist you, the 'National biofouling management guidelines for commercial vessels' provides practical information on managing biofouling on hulls and niche areas.

These guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the Australian shipping industry and apply to the following vessel classes:

  • bulk carriers
  • vehicle carriers
  • container vessels
  • tankers
  • livestock vessels
  • general cargo vessels
  • roll-on/roll-off vessels
  • cruise vessels.                                                     

The guidelines are an important reference for owners, operators, docking superintendents and maintenance contract managers, particularly in the following circumstances:

  • managing biofouling when operating in Australian waters
  • preparing a vessel prior to arrival in Australia (or any other country) to ensure it is free of marine pests on entry
  • developing maintenance contracts that will meet best practice in biofouling management and ensure optimal performance
  • supervising maintenance contractors.

Download the full version of the 'National biofouling management guidelines for commercial vessels' PDF Icon PDF [880kb].

Click here for an overview of the guidelines.