Notices to mariners

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

Current notices issued by the Director, Maritime Safety are available below. View Safety Alerts

01/02/2019 | Bass Strait – East Gippsland – Snowy River – Cooper Energy

Australia – Victoria
No. 016 (T) of 2019
BASS STRAIT – EAST GIPPSLAND – SNOWY RIVER

Date:  Effective 1 February 2019

Details: Mariners are advised of works being undertaken by Cooper Energy involving umbilical installation activities on a transit line between the Sole wellhead location in Commonwealth waters and the end of the previously installed nearshore pipeline in Victorian State waters in the Gippsland Basin (a few hundred meters off the coast of the existing Orbost Gas Plant at Newmerella).

The vessel ‘Skandi Acergy’ (call sign 2BEJ5) and support vessels are laying umbilical between the following positions (GDA 94):

  • 37° 48' 30.51'' S, 148° 26' 13.55'' E  (vessel ‘Skandi Acergy’ set up)
  • 37° 52' 7.63'' S, 148° 26' 16.33'' E  (umbilical turning point)
  • 38° 6' 1.20'' S, 149° 0' 31.83'' E  (to the drill centre)

Please see below map showing approximate location of the activity.

Mariners are advised to avoid navigating along the transit line and within the vicinity of the vessel ‘Skandi Acergy’ until all installation activities are completed.

Mariners should maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 16.

For further information regarding the activity please contact Liz Sully, Project HSEC Lead, Cooper Energy, on telephone 0411 018 024 or (WA) 08 6556 2102.

AUS Charts and publications affected: AUS 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further notice: This notice expires on 31 March 2019. No further Notice will be issued.

NTM Snowy River Feb 2019

28/12/2018 | Bass Strait – Torquay

Australia – Victoria
No. 403 (T) of 2018
BASS STRAIT – TORQUAY

Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of five special buoys established in the approximate positions (below) of an offshore recreational fishing reef, approximately two nautical miles east-south-east of Torquay.

All five buoys will be withdrawn in May 2019.

1. 38° 19.935’ S 144° 22.529.E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

2. 38° 19.922’ S 144° 22.453 E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

3. 38° 19.991’ S 144° 22.441 E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

4. 38° 20.006’ S 144° 22.373 E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

5. 38° 20.063’ S 144° 22.361 E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: Aus. 143, 788.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil.

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information:

11/11/2018 | Bass Strait – East Gippsland – Golden Beach

Australia – Victoria
No. 311 (T) of 2018
BASS STRAIT – EAST GIPPSLAND – GOLDEN BEACH

Date:  Effective 11 NOVEMBER 2018

Details: Mariners are advised that the University of Melbourne are deploying an ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) for research purposes approximately 2.6 NM south-south-east off shore of Golden Beach, East Gippsland in Bass Strait. The OBS will rest on the ocean floor at location 38° 15.220’ S,
147° 25.903’ E (WGS84) with no moorings or buoys present on the surface.

The OBS is a Guralp design (Breve model), yellow in colour, approximately 1.25 metres long, 0.6 metres wide, 0.6 metres high, and weighs approximately 150kg. At the end of the deployment (max. 6 months) an acoustic release signal will be sent to the OBS which will release a buoy trailing a cable. Once the buoy reaches the surface, the attached cable will be used to haul the OBS out of the water.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area, and given the nature of the OBS and to ensure the safe operation of vessels, it is recommended to not anchor or trawl and to keep clear of the OBS within a 50 metre radius of location 38° 15.220’ S, 147° 25.903’ E (WGS84).

It is expected that the OBS will be removed in April 2019.

For further information regarding the OBS please contact Gary Gibson, Principle Research Follow, Seismology, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, on telephone 0457 699 277 or Abraham Jones, Research Assistant, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne on telephone 0497 047 328.

AUS Charts and publications affected: AUS 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further notice: A further Notice will be issued when the OBS has been removed.

Map showing OBS

31/07/2018 | Victorian State Waters

Australia – Victoria
No. 238 (P) of 2018
Victorian State Waters

Date: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Legislation passed by the Victorian Parliament in November 2017 (effective as of 30 June 2018) introduced safety duties for a range of persons specifically:

  • Local port managers who must, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure the safety of marine safety infrastructure operations carried out by the local port manager or supplied to that manager. Section 224 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).
  • Persons who are responsible for managing boating activity events (event managers) under Section 25 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

The safety duty for local port managers and event managers requires them to:

(a)  eliminate risks to safety so far as is reasonably practicable; and
(b)  if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to safety, to reduce those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

Maritime Safety Victoria is developing a Code of Practice to assist local port managers and event managers to understand and comply with the new safety duty.

If you have any questions, please email waterways@transportsafety.vic.gov.au.

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

17/09/2018 | Port Fairy Bay – Bass Strait

Australia – Victoria
No. 281 (T) of 2018
PORT FAIRY BAY – BASS STRAIT

Date:   Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details:      Mariners are advised of a Wave Rider buoy established in position: 38°22.920’S, 142°17.365’E (WGS84).

The yellow buoy measures 42 cm in width and is attached to two (2) orange floats, then anchored at a depth of 28 metres. It will display an amber light with characteristic: Fl.Am.2.5s.

The Wave Rider buoy is measuring swell heights as part of a project undertaken by Deakin University and is expected to remain in place until 14 March 2019.

Mariners are advised to keep clear of the area.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected:   Aus. 141 and 349.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: Photo and diagram below.

Wave Rider buoy photo Wave Rider buoy diagram

09/01/2018 | Bass Strait – Port Albert – Shoal Inlet entrance

Australia – Victoria
No. 007 of 2018
BASS STRAIT – PORT ALBERT – SHOAL INLET ENTRANCE

Date:  Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details:

Mariners are advised that the Shoal Inlet entrance light (Fl.2s) on the eastern side has been destroyed. (NTM 239-2016 (T))

The position of the light is:
Lat. 38° 40’.29:” South
Lon. 146° 50’.7” East
(Datum WGS84)

The light be shall 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 (Shoal Inlet Entrance)
Admiralty Sailing Directions, Australia Pilot Volume 2

Victorian Charts and publications affected:

Nil

Further notice:

A further Notice will be issued.

26/06/2017 | Bass Strait – Barwon Heads

Australia – Victoria
No. 179 (T) of 2017
BASS STRAIT – BARWON HEADS

Date:  Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details:

Mariners are advised that the Orungal wreck south cardinal mark buoy (Q6+LFI W 15s) is off station

The established position of the buoy was:
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.

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

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.

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

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.