Boat Sewage Management in the Derwent
The DEP and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recommend that unless you can treat your wastewater on board, you should contain it on your vessel until it can be disposed of properly on land. Disposing of sewage at sea should be seen as a last resort, rather than the only option.
In the Derwent estuary, please use the free TasPorts pump-out facility on the lower landing outside Constitution Dock, in Hobart. To arrange access to this facility, please contact Southern Operations on 1300 366 742 from 0700-1600 daily or contact Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) after hours on channel 12 or 16.
Alternately you can organise sewage pump-out by contacting Veolia Environmental Services: 03 6244 0000, or Toxfree : 1300 869 373.
If you must dispose of sewage in the Derwent estuary, you can legally do so if you follow the rules for Small Boats (less than 16 people) or Large Boats (more than 16 people) that are outlined by the EPA in their Information for Boat Owners.
For more information, including maps of appropriate disposal locations for boat sewage in Tasmanian waters, read the EPA Directive on The Discharge of Sewage from Certain Vessels into State Waters.
Water sports such as small boat sailing, rowing, windsurfing, and water-skiing are also enjoyed at sites up and down the estuary.