Costs fall into two categories: costs to manage ballast water and administrative costs.
Costs to manage ballast water
Most ships will face costs associated with the use of ballast pumps, although these are usually quite small. A very small number of ships may have additional costs associated with an extension of their voyage. During a trial of domestic ballast water arrangements in the Port of Hastings no ships employed additional staff to manage ballast water.
Since the introduction of the ballast water regulations, every ship that has the capacity to carry marine ballast water visiting a Victorian port is charged a fee. This is to recover the costs of administering EPA’s ballast water management framework. Fees are applied on a visit-by-visit basis, except for accredited ships.
The new Regulations, which took effect on 26 May 2017, include a reduction in the fees amounts payable per ship visit. This has been achieved through improvements and efficiencies in program delivery over recent years. The fee to enter into an annual fee agreement will continue to be 200 fee units.
||Fee units per ship per visit to a Victorian port
||Value of fee amount
from 26 May 2017
(1 fee unit = $13.94)
|Value of fee amount in July 2017
(1 fee unit = $14.22)
|Ship with accreditation
|Ship with annual
||$2788 per year
||$2844 per year
|All other ships
Note that fees are set as numbers of fee units under the Monetary Units Act 2004. The value of a fee unit is subject to the annual consumer price index (CPI) adjustments, which are advertised in the Victorian Government Gazette each year prior to 1 June.