Site access, rules and restrictions

Maritime security levels

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) operates at Level 1 security unless otherwise notified by the Secretary of the Office of Transport Security.

The levels of maritime security are:

  • Level 1 — normal operational working level, when standard security measures are required to be in place.
  • Level 2 — general elevated threat where additional security measures will be required.
  • Level 3 — highest threat level, where a terrorist attack may be imminent, state and federal security forces will be deployed.

Landside Restricted Zones

The Landside Restricted Zones (LRZ) for GPC managed facilities within the Port of Gladstone include the wharves and wharf approaches. To enter these areas, a person must have authorisation to do so and produce and display a current GPC identification card and a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). Entry to all other areas of a facility will require authorisation and a current GPC ID card.

The zone will be in force one hour prior to a Security Regulated Ship berthing at a facility. The zone will remain in force until the Security Regulated Ship has intentionally let go its moorings and has cleared the berth by no less than 400 metres. The zone will be in force at all maritime security levels.

Security Restricted Zones

There are Restricted Zones in place around all berths within the Port of Gladstone. These zones are operational at all times of the day and night. These zones include a distance of 60 meters from the seaward face of a berth and 20 meters from the most westerly, easterly, approach and landside face of a berth, inclusive from the high water mark to the seabed. Unauthorised entry into these zones is an offence under both State and Commonwealth legislation.

Safety Exclusion Zones at LNG facilities on Curtis Island

In addition to the restricted zones mentioned above, there are three additional waterside Safety Exclusion Zones in place whenever an LNG vessel is berthed at the LNG Operational Wharfs on Curtis Island. Persons and vessels cannot enter, stop or anchor within the zone unless authorised by Gladstone Ports Corporation.

  • For Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) and Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG), the zone extends 220m from the loading manifold on the wharf.
  • For Gladstone LNG (GLNG) the WRZ, the zone extends 180m from the loading manifold on the wharf.

Unauthorised entry into these zones is an offence under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003. This offence is worth a maximum of five penalty units. As of July 2017, one penalty unit is worth $210.