Security & MSIC

The Port of Cairns is a Regulated Port under the Maritime Transport Security and Off Shore Facilities Act 2003

A Security Plan for the Regulated Port is in place and there are specific requirements for all users of the Port to comply with under this Plan.  Regulated Ship Security All regulated vessels are berthed at wharves secured by Maritime Security Zones as identified by the Maritime Security Plan. Access is restricted to persons having business on board or as bona fide visitors. MSIC Cards Anyone who requires access within a Maritime Security Zone will need to apply for and wear a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).

The MSIC is a nationally consistent identification card which confirms that the holder has met the minimum background checking requirements to work in a maritime and/or offshore security zone. A MSIC is not an access control card, and possession of an MSIC does not provide the right of entry to any facility within a Maritime Security Zone. Access to Maritime Security Zones is managed by the Maritime Industry Participant (MIP), or facility operator.

Ports North no longer processes or issues MSICs.  Suggested online websites to apply for a MSIC include:

Your Role in Security

All persons have a security responsibility. If you see an unattended package or bag, with no apparent reason for being there, here’s what to do:

  • Ask if anyone owns it.
  • If no one does, don’t touch it.
  • Alert others to keep away.
  • Contact security

Keep an eye out for anything suspicious.  If you see anything suspicious call the 24-hour National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400. Trained operators take every call seriously and you can remain anonymous.


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