Notices to mariners

Notices to Mariners provide advice on general navigation and safety issues.

Current notices issued by the Director, Maritime Safety are available to view or download from this page.

02/02/17 | Bass Strait - Port Campbell to Peterborough

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
No. 041 (Temporary) of 2017
BASS STRAIT – Port Campbell to Peterborough

DATE: 2 February 2017

Mariners are advised of survey works being undertaken by Origin Energy.

The survey operations are due to commence on 3 February 2017 and continue to 1 April 2017.

The survey is in Victorian State waters commencing at a point 6 km east of Port Campbell to a point 4 km west of Peterborough and extending 5.5 km off shore.

The vessels involved in the survey: MV Blackjack (Call sign VNW5712), MV Prowler (Call sign VJN 4229), MV Business Class VHW4699) will be displaying the lights and shapes required by the Collision Regulations for a vessel "restricted in her ability to manoeuvre".

Vessels involved in the survey will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 16.

Masters of vessels are advised to navigate with caution and to keep clear of the vessels undertaking the survey and vessels engaged in support operations within the area detailed in Table 1.

Table 1

Latitude

Longitude

380 36.01' S

1420 52.01' E

380 38.02' S

1420 52.05' E

380 40.94' S

1430 01.13' E

380 37.88' S

1430 02.35' E

Origin map 

AUS Charts and publications affected:

AUS 787, AUS 141, AUS 349

Victorian Charts and publications affected:

Nil

Further notice: A Notice will be issued at the completion of the works.

More information:  www.originenergy.com.au/enterprise2

20/12/16 | Bass Strait - Barwon Heads

AUSTRALIA , VICTORIA
No. 368 (T) of 2016
BASS STRAIT – BARWON HEADS

DATE: 20 December 2016. Effective immediately.

Mariners are advised that the Orungal wreck south cardinal mark buoy (Q6+LFI W 15s) is off station and approximately 100-120 metres north of its established position.

The established position of the buoy is:

  • Lat. 38° 17.276' South
  • Lon. 144° 30.572' East
  • (Datum WGS84)

The buoy shall be re-positioned as soon as practicable. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the Orungal wreck.

AUS Charts and publications affected:

AUS 143

Victorian Charts and publications affected:

Nil

Further notice:

A further Notice will be issued.

19/07/16 | Bass Strait - Port Albert - Shoal Inlet entrance

AUSTRALIA , VICTORIA
No. 215 (TEMPORARY) of 2016
BASS STRAIT - PORT ALBERT - SHOAL INLET ENTRANCE

DATE: 19 July 2016. Effective immediately.

Mariners are advised that the Shoal Inlet entrance light (Fl.2s) on the eastern side has been destroyed.

The position of the light is:

  • Lat. 38° 40.47' South
  • Lon. 146° 50.13 ' East
  • (Datum WGS84)

The light shall be reinstated as soon as possible.

Mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution in the vicinity of Shoal Inlet entrance during the hours of darkness.

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 181
  • Admiralty Sailing Directions, Australia Pilot Volume 2
  • Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals Vol K (K2540)

Victorian Charts and Publications affected

  • Nil

Further notice:

A further notice will be issued.

11/03/16 | Captains Point Mallacoota

AUSTRALIA , VICTORIA
No. 083 (TEMPORARY) of 2016
CAPTAINS POINT MALLACOOTA

DATE: 2 March 2016. Effective immediately.

Notice to Mariners No. 072 (Temporary) of 2016 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that the Captains Point Light at Mallacoota Inlet has been reinstated to normal operation.

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS805        
  • Admiralty Sailing Directions, Australia Pilot.
  • Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals Vol K (K2561)

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

  • Nil

Further Notice

  • A further Notice will be issued.

02/03/16 | Bass Strait Oil & Gas Fields

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA
No. 073 (TEMPORARY) of 2016
EAST GIPPSLAND

DATE: 2 March 2016. Effective immediately.

Mariners are advised of remote operated vessel (ROV) operations being undertaken on the Bass Straight offshore oil and gas pipelines operated by Esso Australia.

During survey operations the 34 metre catamaran "MV Offshore Guardian" (ZMG 3131) will be displaying the lights and shapes required by the Collision Regulations for a vessel "restricted in her ability to manoeuvre".

MV Offshore Guardian will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 16.

The ROV inspection will commence on 3 March 2016 and will continue through to 31 May 2016.

Masters of vessels are advised to navigate with caution and to keep clear of the MV Offshore Guardian during these operations within an area detailed in Table 1.

Latitude Longitude
38° 25. 9'S 147° 07.5'E
38° 36. 0'S 147° 19.8'E
38° 37.0'S 148° 37.1'E
38° 48.4'S 148° 30.0'E


WGS84

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 357A

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

  • Nil

Further Notice

  • No further notice will be issued
148° 37.1'E

02/03/16 | Captains Point Mallacoota

AUSTRALIA , VICTORIA
No. 072 (TEMPORARY) of 2016
CAPTAINS POINT MALLACOOTA

DATE: 2 March 2016. Effective immediately.

Mariners are advised that the Captains Point Light is currently unlit. Mariners are warned to exercise extreme care when navigating in the area.

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS805
  • Admiralty Sailing Directions, Australia Pilot.
  • Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals Vol K
  • Affected: K2561

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

  • Nil

Further Notice

  • A further Notice will be issued.

24/12/15 | Port Phillip Heads

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA
No. 264 (PERMANENT) of 2015
PORT PHILLIP HEADS 

DATE: 24 December 2015. Effective immediately.

Mariners are advised that the definition of Port Phillip Heads has been amended.

Port Phillip Heads means all the waters between an imaginary line drawn between Shortland Bluff and Point Nepean, and the seaward limits of an imaginary line constituting the arc of a circle with a radius of 3 nautical miles centred on Point Lonsdale; (Regulation 4(a) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic)).

Recreational and hire and drive vessel operators and passengers are advised that:

Port Phillip Heads is a designated hazardous area as detailed in Regulation 4(a) of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic).

Regulation 101.4 Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) requires that all persons in the open area of a recreational vessel or hire and drive vessel must wear a PFD when "the vessel is crossing or attempting to cross an ocean bar or operating within a designated hazardous area".

LIFEJACKET WEAR IS MANDATORY IN THE RED HATCHED AREA SHOWN ON THE MAP BELOW

 Map showing extended designated hazardous zone around Port Phillip Heads

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 144

Further Notice:

  • No further notice will be issued

01/12/15 | Port Fairy - Taylors Bay

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA
No. 231 (TEMPORARY) of 2015
DEPLOYMENT OF WAVE POWER GENERATOR

DATE: 1 December 2015. Effective immediately.

Mariners are advised of the planned deployment of a wave power generator to be established approximately 6km west of Port Fairy in the vicinity of Taylors Bay. 

Under section 211(1) (b) (i) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) persons and the navigation and other movement of vessels is prohibited within 100 metres of any vessel detailed in Table 1 excluding persons and vessels involved with the deployment of the wave power generator and associated works.

Table 1

MSV 11113

MV Regardless

MSV 11928

Lila Ray

MSV 12196

Jazz  1

28062QC

Korimal

9448360

HLLV Fremantle

10457

Andrew Wilson

29895

Devil Ray

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 349

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

  • Nil

Further notice: A further notice will be issued at the completion of the deployment revoking this notice.

18/11/15 | Port Fairy - Taylors Bay

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA
No. 217 (TEMPORARY) of 2015
EXCLUSION ZONE AND TRANSIT LANE ESTABLISHMENT

DATE: 18 November 2015 - 30 June 2017. Effective immediately. A further advice will be issued at the completion of the works activity.

Mariners are advised of the establishment of a vessel exclusion zone and transit lane established approximately 6km west of Port Fairy in the vicinity of Taylors Bay for the purposes of the works activity proposed by Biopower Systems Pty Ltd for the installation and operation of a wave power generator. 

Under section 211(1) (b) (i) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) the following rules apply to the navigation and movement of vessels and persons. 

Exclusion Zone

All vessels and persons are prohibited from entering or remaining within a circular area extending 150 metres from a centre point 38°23.905' S; 142° 10.36' E defined by a North Cardinal Buoy 38° 23.824' S; 142° 10.360' E and a South Cardinal Buoy 38° 23.986' S; 142° 10.360' E, excluding persons and vessels authorised and/or engaged in works. 

Transit Lane

The operator, master or person in charge of a vessel must not use the Transit Lane other than for transiting of the vessel and must not permit the vessel to be anchored in or allow the vessel to drift in the Transit Lane. Fishing, netting, casting of lines or trawling is prohibited within the transit lane unless authorised. The Transit Lane extends 100 metres easterly and westerly of a line indicated by a beacon on the shore 38° 23.391' S; 142° 10.547 E and a North Cardinal Buoy 38° 23.824' S; 142° 10.360'. The transit lane is bounded by the points detailed in the table below.

Table 1

-38°23.4228'S

142°10.45931'E

-38°23.49876'S

142°10.58166'E

-38°23.84123'S

142°10.42374'E

-38° 23.824' S;

142° 10.360' E

-38°23.86679'S

142°10.26906'E

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 349

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

  • Nil

Further Notice

A further Notice will be issued.

13/11/15 | Anglesea - Point Roadknight

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
No. 214 (TEMPORARY) of 2015
ANGLESEA - POINT ROADKNIGHT

DATE: Effective 07:30 Monday 16 November - 16:00 27 November 2015

Mariners are advised that an exclusion zone has been established around the vessel RFC Rachael Maree while the vessel is engaged in activities associated with the the installation of an outfall pipe at Point Roadknight near Anglesea.

Under section 211(1) (b) (i) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) persons and the navigation and other movement of vessels is prohibited within 100 metres of the vessel RFC Rachael Maree while the vessel is engaged in installation activities.

The works area extends approximately 1400 metres from shore in a south easterly direction. The works area is 200 metres in width defined by the points in Table1.

Table 1

Point A (WGS 84)

38° 24.416498' S

144° 11.949910' E

Point B (WGS 84)

38° 24.369542' S

144° 12.074259' E

Point C (WGS 84)

38° 25.103190' S

144° 12.420055' E

Point D (WGS 84)

38° 25.140770' S

144° 12.291267' E

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 788

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

Further notice:

  • No further Notices will be issued.

27/10/15 | Port Fairy - Taylors Bay

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
No. 199 (TEMPORARY) of 2015
PORT FAIRY - DEPLOYMENT OF CARDINAL MARKER BUOYS AT TAYLORS BAY

DATE: 27 OCTOBER 2015. Effective immediately

Mariners are advised that two temporary cardinal mark buoys will be established approximately 6km west of Port Fairy in the vicinity of Taylors Bay. The buoys are expected to remain in position until June 2017.

North Cardinal Mark Buoy

Light Colour: White
Light Characteristic: Q
Range:  3-5 M
Day mark: two black cones one above the other, points upward
Buoy: Cylindrical
Colour: Black above yellow
Location: 38° 23.824' S / 142° 10.360' E  

South Cardinal Mark Buoy

Light Colour: White 
Light Characteristic: Q6 +LFI W 15 s
Range: 3-5 M
Day mark: two black cones one above the other, points downwards
Buoy: Cylindrical
Colour Black below yellow
Location: 38° 23.986' S / 142° 10.360' E  

Under section 211(1) (b) (i) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) persons and the navigation and other movement of vessels within 100 metres of any vessel detailed in Table 1 is prohibited, excluding persons and vessels involved in the deployment of two cardinal mark buoys.

Table 1

MSV 11113MV Regardless
MSV 11928Lila Ray
MSV 12196Jazz 1

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 349

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

  • Nil

Further notice:

  • A further Notice will be issued advising of the withdrawal of the buoys in 2017

17/08/15 | Port Campbell - Sturgess Point

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
No. 157 (PERMANENT) of 2015
PORT CAMPBELL - STURGESS POINT LEADING LIGHTS

DATE: 17 AUGUST 2015. Effective immediately

Notice to Mariners No. 113 (Temporary) of 2011 is referred and cancelled. Mariners are advised that the lead lights at Port Campbell have been altered and established in position. Leads are set at 047.7°T

Front Leading Light

Light Characteristic: Q. Bu. 7m. 4M
Day Mark: Fluro orange rectangle with white vertical central strip
Location: 38° 37.16.282" S, 142° 59.28.994" E (GDA94)

Rear Leading Light

Light Characteristic: Iso. Bu. 4s. 12m. 4M
Day Mark: Fluro orange rectangle with white vertical central strip
Location: 38° 37.11.351" S, 142° 59.35.908" E (GDA94)

Photos of the front and rear leading lights at Sturgess Point, Port Campbell 

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 141 (P5) Australia Pilot Vol 2, NP14

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

Further notice:

No further notice will be issued.

31/07/15 | Warrnambool - Lady Bay

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
NO. 141 (PERMANENT) OF 2015

WARRNAMBOOL, LADY BAY

DATE: 31 July 2015. Effective immediately

Mariners are advised that buoys as detailed in the table below have been installed within Lady Bay, Warrnambool. The buoys indicate the proximity of an inshore boating area where vessels with engines are prohibited from 1 November to 30 April each year.

Buoy Type

Location (WGS84)

Special Mark Lit

Fl Y 5s

38 o 23.796' S,  142 o 29.337' E

Special Mark Lit

Fl Y 5s

38 o 23.861' S,  142 o 28.955' E

Special Mark Lit

Fl Y 5s.

38 o 23.931' S,  142 o 28.786' E

Special Mark Lit

Fl Y 5s

38 o 23.988' S,  142 o 28.682' E

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 141        

Victorian Charts and Publications affected:

Further Notice:

No further notice will be issued.

26/06/15 | Port Fairy - Griffith Island

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
NO. 122 (TEMPORARY) OF 2015

PORT FAIRY - GRIFFITH ISLAND LIGHT

DATE: 26 June 2015. Effective immediately

Mariners are advised that the Griffith Island Light is currently unreliable and operating on reduced power. Mariners are warned to exercise extreme care when navigating in the area.

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