By purchasing a ticket, SeaLink Pty Ltd ACN 010 428 766 (SeaLink) passengers agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions of travel:
1. SeaLink is not a common carrier and reserves the rights to refuse to carry any passenger, baggage or goods at its discretion.
2. As a passenger, you agree that you will accept the delivery of services from SeaLink at your own risk. SeaLink will not be liable for any loss or damage, howsoever or whatsoever caused, as a consequence or arising, indirectly or directly, out of the provisions of services to a passenger, including, loss and/or damage occasioned by SeaLink and/or its agents and/or its employees negligence.
3. SeaLink ferry tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable and SeaLink staff reserve the right to refuse travel to any passenger with an invalid or illegible ticket.
4. When you travel on a SeaLink service, you must:
a) be present at the terminal a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes prior to the service's scheduled departure time.
b) once boarded keep your ferry ticket with you until your travel is complete.
c) respect our employees, including our vessel crew and promptly obey any instructions given to you, including a direction to provide your ferry ticket.
d) listen carefully to the safety briefing, identify your nearest exits, and familiarise yourself with the location and operation of safety equipment.
e) behave in a way which does not disturb or cause offence to your fellow passengers;
f) produce a valid Australian concession card, student identification card or proof of identification at the request of SeaLink staff. (International concession and student cards do not apply)
g) be wearing a shirt to be permitted to sit inside ferry cabins
h) drink in moderation and only consume alcohol which we supply to you on the vessel – not alcohol that you bring on board with you.
5. School students travelling on a Queensland Transport subsidy are required to abide by the Queensland Transport Code of Conduct for school bus travel. Copies of the code are available from Queensland Transport or SeaLink.
6. All children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when travelling outside official school days and services - 7:10am, 7:50am, 3:45pm and 4:30pm (unless travelling home after school related activities i.e. sport, school production etc.).
a) Children who are 9 years and younger MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian or an immediate family member who is over the age of 15 years
b) Children aged 10 years to 11 years can travel unaccompanied provided an "Unaccompanied Minor Waiver" form, which can be collected from the Terminal, is completed and handed to the skipper of the vessel by a Sealink staff member. Children this age are only allowed to travel between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
7. When you travel on a SeaLink service, you must not:
a) Smoke, (including e-cigarettes);
b) behave in a manner which would be considered by a reasonable person to be offensive, or in a manner which might cause discomfort, distress, offence or injury to another person;
c) board, or alight from, or attempt to board or alight from the vessel whilst it is in motion, or without permission from the crew.
d) disobey the directions of the staff or vessel crew;
e) be under the influence of or use illicit drugs on board our vessel, or use prescription drugs which you are not medically required to take;
f) do anything which may endanger the safety of the vessel on which you are travelling, or the safety of our vessel crew or your fellow passengers; and
g) tamper, interfere with or damage any part of the vessel or the equipment carried on board.
h) undertake activities such as cycling, roller-skating, skateboarding or any other such potentially hazardous behaviour.
i) perform upon any musical instrument, distribute any advertising materials or offer any product for sale within the terminals or onboard the ferry.
j) obstruct passageways, if required please seek assistance from crew with regards to where to place luggage, pram or wheelchair during the voyage.
8. We reserve the right to take all steps which are reasonably necessary to ensure the safety of our employees and guests on board the vessel. If in the opinion of our crew you have not complied with your obligations as stated in these Conditions of travel we may take steps which include any one or more of the following:
a) move you to another seat, or another part of the vessel;
b) remove you from the vessel;
c) report you to the relevant authorities;
d) refuse you from travelling on SeaLink services, for any duration of time we believe is appropriate.
9. You may be refused boarding of the vessel, or be requested to leave the vessel;
a) If you are in breach of these Conditions, objectionable to other passengers or our employees, or are for any reason, disturbing, causing discomfort to or threatening the safety or security of other passengers or our employees or any of our property; or
b) If it appears to us that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are not physically or mentally fit to travel; or
c) You have failed to comply with our reasonable directions (including the directions of our staff and vessel crew); or
d) You have not paid the Fare or any applicable taxes or charges, your Ticket has been reported lost or stolen (if applicable), has been dealt with by you in a way which contravenes these Conditions or has otherwise been acquired unlawfully; or
e) You are, or are suspected to be, unlawfully in possession of drugs, or in possession of illicit drugs; or
f) You have tampered in any way with the vessel or its equipment, made a threat, or in any way put the safety of the vessel in danger; or
g) If we reasonably believe that you may pose a threat to the safety or security of the vessel, other passengers or our employees.
10. All passengers must comply with SeaLink QLD policies when travelling with luggage or pets, which are summarised here. Details of the full policies are available from terminals they are also available on our website.
a) Travelling with Animals
- Dogs must be muzzled while in and around the terminal, in passenger waiting areas, during boarding and while on board our vessels. They are to be seated on the outside areas of the vessels.
- Other animals must be restrained in a suitable box, basket or container at all times.
- Animals are not allowed on seats and must not obstruct passageways.
- Due to Work Health & Safety Regulations, SeaLink crew cannot assist with luggage items that exceed 20kg or one cubic meter in size.
- All luggage is to be stowed in accordance with crew’s directions and must not restrict access to safety equipment, aisles or emergency exits.
- Where a luggage trolley has been booked, any passenger loading luggage items must adhere to the load limit level within the trolley for heavy items.
- Fishing equipment: all lures and hooks are to be removed from fishing rods; and spear guns are to be handed to vessel crew during boarding for safe stowage.
c) Dangerous Goods are not permitted to be carried onboard SeaLink vessels. Where a passenger is unsure, they are required to declare the item/s with the Vessel Master:
- Corrosive substances (e.g: acid, Industrial cleaners, pool chlorine, wet cell batteries, engine oil)
- Toxic substances (e.g: oil based paint, used paint tins)
- Flammable/explosive substances or items containing these (e.g: compressed gasses, fuel, tyres, combustion engines)
- Radioactive materials
- Bulky/Awkward items (e.g: Sharp objects, glass panels, furniture)
- Cement and plaster bags, fertiliser, dirty car parts
- Machinery (unless brand new)
11. SeaLink staff shall strictly enforce all applicable liquor licensing legislation, including, but not limited to the Palm Island Alcohol Management Plan for services between Palm Island and Townsville.
12. Although we will try to accommodate your choice of travel time, we do not guarantee seat availability. Passengers are boarded on a first come first served basis. Under maritime law should the vessel on service reach its maximum passenger carrying capacity it cannot not board further passengers. Some passengers may have to wait for the next available ferry.
13. We will use our reasonable endeavours to operate in accordance with our published timetable. However, we do not guarantee the ferry times and they do not form part of your contract of carriage with us.