Handling dangerous cargoes
Dangerous goods notifications
Notification of the intention to transport or handle dangerous cargoes, oils or bunker in the Port of Melbourne must be provided to Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) 24 hours before the arrival of cargo in the port area.
Containerised dangerous goods notification - via DG Hub
PoMC has changed the method of notification of containerised dangerous goods with the introduction of DG Hub in early 2011. Exporters, packers, transport companies, freight forwarders and shipping lines can now create and distribute Multimodal Dangerous Goods Forms and vessel dangerous goods manifests online.
DG Hub is a streamlined, more efficient, consistent and faster method of reporting dangerous goods throughout the supply chain. It was developed in consultation with the shipping and exporting industry.
Go to DG Hub
Non-containerised dangerous goods notification
For non-containerised cargoes, select the relevant notification form below and email to email@example.com
Guidelines and forms
Notification of intention to transport or handle any dangerous cargoes, oils or bunker in the Port of Melbourne must be provided to PoMC 24 hours before the arrival of cargo in the port area.
Class 1 dangerous goods notifications
To reflect changes to the Dangerous Goods (Explosive) Regulations 2010, PoMC has introduced the Class 1 dangerous goods – management plan and Form 5 - Declaration for pre-loading of Class 1 (Explosives) greater than 25 kg NEQ (Form 5).
The plan must be complied with to ensure all involved parties comply with the regulations' requirements.
Non-compliance will result in a vessel, her owner or appointed agent being fined, prosecuted or the vessel being refused entry into the port or, if the vessel is at berth, being removed from the berth.
The Form 5 is referred to in the plan as the document required for pre-planning and pre-notification of the intention to transfer and/or handle Class 1 dangerous goods and must be completed before loading of the Class 1 dangerous goods.
Class 1 dangerous goods - management plan (PDF, 710 kb)
Form 5: Declaration for pre-loading of Class 1 dangerous goods greater than 25 kg NEQ (PDF, 240 kb)
Other dangerous goods notifications
Authorisation and notification of hazardous port activities and removal of abandoned things
Hazardous port activities & abandoned things (PDF, 245 kb)
The guidelines are provided to help ship owners (or their agents), stevedores, lease holders, ship management companies, ships' masters and other port stakeholders.
Packaged dangerous goods management guideline (PDF, 730 kb)
Bulk liquid cargo management guideline (PDF, 610 kb)
Bunker and (non-cargo) liquid transfer management guideline (PDF, 345 kb)
Hot work procedural guidelines (PDF, 330 kb)
Procedures for the handling of odorous or toxic cargoes at No.1 Maribyrnong (PDF, 182 kb)
Tank washing guide (PDF, 135 kb)
Form 1: Dangerous goods and bunker notification (DOCX, 75 kb)
Form 3: Tanker manifest (DOCX, 65 kb)
Form 4: Application to immobilise tanker (PDF, 128 kb)
Minimum requirements for tankers docked at non-tanker berths (DOCX, 70 kb)
Hot work authority (PDF, 955 kb)
For advice on any of the forms or guidelines above, please contact:
PoMC Health and Safety
Tel: +61 3 9683 1594