Preparation of a Seismic vessel

Typical costs:

  • Dry dock 6 days for hull cleaning 35 000 USD
  • Anti-fouling 28 000 USD
  • Hull inspection and sea chests by Australian inspector: 12 000 USD
  • Asbestos Survey Singaporean company 4000 USD
  • Tank cleaning when in dry dock 100 000 USD

Chase & support vessels:

Manning companies for Local Crew

Fixed wings


It is more economical to bunker before entering Australia

Fuel bunkered in Singapore

Price 590 USD per mt

+ Excise duty at AUD 0,412 / L = 350 USD/MT when importing the vessle in Australia

Total Cost = 940 USD/MT


Fuel bunkered in Australia

Price  = approx. USD 930-955/MT

For vessels operating in Australia waters after lifting bunkers, the following taxes apply:

+ Excise Duty charge at AUD 0.412 / L as of 01 August 2018 = 350 USD/MT

Total Cost = 1300 USD/MT

+ 10% GST (Good and Service Tax) for domestic fuel supplied. ( reimbursable )


SAR & Medevac coverage for Western Australia is handled by AMSA.


All crew have to obtain a subclass 400 visa (approx.. 120 AUD) prior to arrival to work in Australia, the majority can apply on line with LOI from the agent and a letter of employment from the company.  This has only 6 months validity, but may be extended (been done up to 3 times – 18 months). Visas should be granted within 14 working days. Agent requires scan of bio-metric page from passport, estimated date of arrival and position onboard vessel, also agent needs to be advised which embassy they will be visiting.

Crew from non-ETA countries must apply for the visa at the Australian embassy in country of residence – this can take 21 days – Indonesia, Philippines, Russia, Egypt, Ukraine, Indian, Azerbaijani, and Mexicans and a few other minority countries.
Any management visiting the vessel need to have a Subclass 651 visa – this entitles them to visit on business for the purpose of meetings – normally granted within 24 / 48 hours.
Any crew arriving with the vessel and departing on arrival need only apply for MCV (Maritime Crew Visa) on line prior to arrival – this is free.

Nationalities that can apply on line for visas:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom – British Citizen, Vatican City., Brunei – Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR PRC), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, , Rep of (South), United States.

Maritime crew with the exception of certain positions (Master, Ch. Eng, Ch. Off) will have to depart the vessel and they will be replaced by MUA – Australian Seamen.