Currently all security-regulated NQBP ports are operating at Security Level 1. 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:
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.