Mark McGowan has announced new protocols and standards relating to COVID-infected ships, including the authority to send them away.

The Premier said there were currently six ships on their way to WA that have been to COVID-ravaged Indonesia recently.

He outlined that that ships wanting to enter WA which have stopped at a higher risk jurisdiction — such as Indonesia — must have had no onshore crew visits.

Workers boarding ships at such higher-risk locations must wear appropriate PPE and those boarding from these ports will also need to return a negative test result.

The entire crew will have a rapid test conducted and evidence of negative result might be a precondition of entering WA waters.

McGowan added that all crew disembarking in WA from a high-risk location must be vaccinated.

“The risk posed by the Delta variant means we cannot rely on goodwill alone,” he said.

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The measures were in effect immeditatly and were described as a “final warning” for the shipping industry after a string of COVID-infected ships had arrived in WA in recent weeks.