June 2020 Newsletter

by | Jun 1, 2020

In this issue: Updates, Webinars, Need Help, Vessel-Check Origin, About Us.

Entry of Biofouling Information Gets Even Easier!

An enhanced and smart Fleet management page for Vessel Managers ensures the loading of a fleet’s biofouling information is simple, intuitive and clear.

  • Fleet Biofouling Data Capture Status – a fleet summary of how much biofouling information has been loaded onto Vessel-Check.
  • Fleet Biofouling Risk – shows the number of vessels in a fleet in each risk category.
  • Fleet table – a list of vessels in a fleet including last destination port, approval and data status, risk breakdown and overall risk. Embedded links and hover over pop-up comments guide vessel managers through the data loading process.

New Regulator Features

Flagged Vessel

Allows regulators to flag vessel nominations for further actions and secure sharing of aquatic biosecurity information with other regulators, powerfully combined with AIS information. Flagged Vessel Help Documents.

Nomination Log

Provides a central and accessible area for recording of any relevant information, documents and digital files. Log Help Documents.

Upcoming Features

Dispersal Modelling Module

Utilising technology from DHI’s “GlobalSEA Oilspill” and “PlumeCast applications“, the dispersion scenario module will combine national and global MIKE models to hindcast and forecast potential affects or “zone of influence” of an Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS). This service will:

  • provides scenario runs to aid in developing response plans, cleaning site selection, and an understanding of the effects of various environmental conditions.
  • can be used to aid in-water clean planning, risk assessments and approvals.
  • delivers user friendly, graphical, scientific evidence.
  • helps guide management actions during and post event.

Forms Module

A simple way to push and pull data into and out of Vessel-Check.


  • Allows regulators to upload their own forms for pre-population, completion and submission – all within Vessel-Check.
  • Allow Vessel Managers to use the data in Vessel-Check for form completion, submission and management.
  • Is designed specifically to work with marine arrival reporting systems and biosecurity forms.

Customers “Onboard”

Welcome Dr Richard Stafford-Bell, Principal Officer Invasive Marine Species, Biosecurity & Agriculture Services from the Victorian State Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Similar to our colleagues at DPIRD in Western Australia, Richard and his team are rolling out Vessel-Check to help reduce the risk of an Invasive Aquatic Species incursion in the State of Victoria.

Upcoming Webinars

Vessel-Check: an aquatic biosecurity risk assessment tool

IMO’s GloFouling Webinar Series
Vessel-Check: an aquatic biosecurity risk assessment tool
TODAY – Wednesday 10 June, 7pm AEST

Join this free 40-minute webinar, where you can learn how Vessel-Check helps the maritime industry and governments in identifying actions that can mitigate the risk of transferring Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) across the world’s oceans. Presented by Dr Dave Abdo, Senior Scientist – Aquatic Pest Biosecurity, Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development, Government of Western Australia. Register now!

Previous Webinars

The Vast possibilities of Agent-Based Modelling

The Vast possibilities of Agent-Based Modelling
Recorded, 29 April 2020

In this 30-minute webinar see how to simulate the dynamic behaviour of aquatic life and their interactions with the environment to investigate the impact of disturbances on habitat connectivity, marine animal migration and population levels. Watch now!

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