This section covers the responsibilities of the people involved in the clearance of vessels, passengers and a ship’s cargo and the procedures for inspecting:

  1. the ship’s cargo hold;
  2. the ship’s crew, cabin, food, garbage and trash;
  3. the ship’s passengers, including diplomats and VIPs;
  4. the ship’s cargo;
  5. the ship’s bulk cargo;
  6. the ship’s empty cargo containers; and
  7. cruising yachts

This section assumes that a number of different scenarios may take place during the discharge of containers and freight from a ship. These scenarios include:

  1. a ship lying alongside and discharging containers onto the wharf where they remain until cleared by a biosecurity officer (and also subject to customs clearance). This activity is dealt with in D: Inspection of ship’s cargo.
  2. a ship having on board non-containerised goods that are discharged and placed in a warehouse at the wharf, pending clearance. The inspection of the goods after unloading is dealt with in Step 4 onward in Inspection of ship’s cargo.
  3. a ship loaded with a consignment of a commodity in bulk (e.g. grain) that is discharged directly to trucks and delivered immediately to premises outside the wharf. The commodity requires clearance whilst on board ship. This activity is dealt with in Inspection of ship’s bulk cargo.
  4. an empty ship coming to port to load goods that require that the ship is not infested with pests prior to loading, and the issuing of an endorsement to a phytosanitary certificate. This activity is dealt with in Inspection of ship’s cargo hold.

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