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Important Changes to Legislation

MV Sheng Neng 1

MV Sheng Neng 1


Ships which leak oil into Australian waters face fines of $11 million after penalties introduced by the Federal Government passed through Parliament.

The Federal Government recently amended the Navigation Act and Protection of the Seas Act to increase available penalties from $1million to $11million for ships that leak oil into Australian waters.

In addition to the fines, shipping companies will be liable to contribute to the cost of cleaning up.

The new laws follow a review of Australia’s maritime offences, triggered by the grounding of the Shen Neng in the Great Barrier Reef.


In the wake of recent pollution incidents in NSW, penalties for companies failing to immediately notify the DEH have doubled to $2 million.

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