(1) For the purpose of protecting a greenhouse gas well, a structure, or any equipment, in the offshore area, the Minister may, by notice published in the Government Gazette, prohibit—
(a) all vessels; or
(b) all vessels other than specified vessels; or
(c) all vessels other than the vessels included in specified classes of vessels—
from entering or being present in a specified area (the greenhouse gas safety zone ) surrounding the greenhouse gas well, structure or equipment without the written consent of the Minister.
(2) A greenhouse gas safety zone specified in a notice under subsection (1) may extend to a distance of 500 metres around the well, structure or equipment specified in the notice, where that distance is measured from each point of the outer edge of the well, structure or equipment.