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Report of disposal of sediment relating to safety, accident or pollution

Report of disposal of sediment must be made to Director of Biosecurity

             (1)  The person in charge or the operator of a vessel must make a report to the Director of Biosecurity if:

                     (a)  the vessel disposes of sediment in Australian territorial seas; and

                     (b)  the disposal is:

                              (i)  for the purpose of ensuring the safety of the vessel in an emergency or saving life at sea; or

                             (ii)  accidental; or

                            (iii)  for the purpose of avoiding or minimising pollution from the vessel.

             (2)  The report must:

                     (a)  set out the reason for the disposal of the sediment; and

                     (b)  be made as soon as practicable, and in any case within 24 hours, after a member of the vessel's crew becomes aware of the disposal.

Strict liability offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if:

                     (a)  the person is the person in charge or the operator of a vessel; and

                     (b)  a report under subsection (1) is required to be made in relation to the vessel; and

                     (c)  the report is not made in accordance with this section.

Penalty for contravention of this subsection:        120 penalty units.

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