Applying to have a special berth declared

Special berth declaration - application form - 260 Kb

This declaraton form includes information on who can apply, required information and how to lodge the application.

When is a declaration required?

The handling of explosion risk goods at a berth in a port in amounts exceeding 30 tonnes requires the berth operator to apply for a special berth (non-explosives) declaration from the department’s Chief Dangerous Goods Officer in accordance with regulation 135H of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007.

A special berth declaration is valid for five years.

Explosion risk goods

Explosion risk goods are defined in regulation 135B of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007. They are a group of seven Division 5.1 dangerous goods that contain either ammonium nitrate or calcium hypochlorite. By far the most common explosion risk goods found in Western Australia are solid ammonium nitrate of UN 1942 and UN 2067. The next most common explosion risk goods are ammonium nitrate emulsions or suspensions or gels of UN 3375.

Refer to r. 135B of Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007 for the definition of explosion risk goods.

Refer to rr. 135H, 135I, 135J and 135K of Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007 for details of the declaration process for special berths.

Overview of regulatory requirements for dangerous goods and explosives in ports - information sheet - 66 Kb

This information sheets explains the regulatory requirements in place from 1 January 2014 for dangerous goods and explosives being stored and handled at ports.

Who can apply?

An application for a special berth declaration may only be lodged by the harbour master of the port or the berth operator. Where the applicant is a berth operator and the port authority is responsible for the berth, there should be consultation and agreement between those parties on the application submission.

Required information

The completed application must be signed by the authorised person and lodged with

  • an aerial photo of the berth and its surroundings on which are marked concentric circles with radii of 500 m, 1,000 m and 2,000 m from the centre of the berth
  • a risk assessment of the berth that complies with regulation 135J(1) of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007
  •  an implementation plan that complies with regulation 135J(2) of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007
  • an emergency plan that complies with regulation 75 of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007.

Application fee

See below:

For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.

Lodging the application

The completed application form, together with supporting documents and the fee(s) payable to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, is to be mailed to:

Resources Safety
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Mineral House 100 Plain Street 
East Perth WA 6004

Or handed in person at:

Resources Safety
Level 2, 1 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004

Office hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Related information

Notification of changes of details

The Chief Dangerous Goods Officer must be notified within 14 days of any material changes to the details on a licence or registration.

Retaining special berth status

A special berth declaration is not renewed. To retain the special berth status, the proponent must apply for a declaration every 5 years, before the previous declaration expires.

Reporting an incident

Special berth operators are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents arising from their activities.

Applicable legislation

Australian Standard AS 3846 The handling and transport of dangerous cargoes in port areas, Standards Australia.

Contact

For any enquiries please contact a Dangerous Goods Officer.
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
Email: dgsb@dmirs.wa.gov.au