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

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

07/09/2018 | Bass Strait – East Gippsland – Snowy River

Australia – Victoria
No. 273 (T) of 2018
BASS STRAIT – EAST GIPPSLAND – SNOWY RIVER

Date: This notice will take effect from Monday 10 September 2018

Details: Mariners are advised of works being undertaken by Cooper Energy involving pre-installation surveys, diving and pipe laying activities on a transit line between the end of the HDD pipeline located offshore from the Orbost Gas Plant at Newmerella, East Gippsland, and the Sole Wells; GPS points:

Lat.    37°48’52.00” South
Lon. 148°26’23.00” East

and

Lat. 38°06’00.00” South
Lon. 149°00’31.00” East
(Datum GDA94)

Mariners are advised to proceed with caution along the transit line and avoid navigating within the vicinity of the three works vessels “Silver Star”, “Tek Ocean Spirit” and “Seven Oceans”, these vessels will display the appropriate lights and shapes for a vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.

Mariners should maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 16.

AUS Charts and publications affected: Aus. 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further notice: A further Notice will be issued upon completion of the works (approximately by November 2018).

29/05/2018 | Bass Strait – Torquay

Australia – Victoria
No. 188 (T) of 2018
BASS STRAIT – TORQUAY

Date:   Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details:           Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 050 (Temporary) of 2018 is referred and cancelled. The five special buoys have been temporarily withdrawn from the approximate positions (below) of an offshore recreational fishing reef, approximately two nautical miles East-South-East of Torquay.

All five buoys will be re-established in position, following the winter months, in November 2018.

1. 38° 19.934’ S          144° 22.530’ E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

2. 38° 19.940’ S          144° 22.446’ E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

3. 38° 19.993’ S          144° 22.437’ E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

4. 38° 20.021’ S          144° 22.372’ E
Special mark buoy solar marine lantern – 800mm diameter, 1.26m high, 2-3M.
Fl Y 5s.

5. 38° 20.075’ S          144° 22.354’ 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.

07/05/2018 | Bass Strait – Golden Beach

Australia – Victoria
No. 164 (T) of 2018
BASS STRAIT – GOLDEN BEACH

Date: EFFECTIVE 7 MAY 2018

Details:

Mariners are advised that the CSIRO are deploying six moored structures for research purposes approximately 2 NM south-east off shore of Golden Beach, East Gippsland in Bass Strait.

Two of the structures are surface orange floats approximately 1.2 metres wide and 1 metre high, marked by white flashing lights with 1-2 NM range. One of the structures will be surrounded by four other structures, three landers about 1 metre in size on the sea floor and a single sub-surface mooring line that extends up to 5 metres below the surface.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area, and given the nature of the moorings and to ensure the safe operation of vessels, it is recommended to not anchor or trawl and to keep clear of the two surface structures as follows:

Surface mooring

CCS-OA-07

CCS-OA-08

Description (light)

Orange buoy (FI W 1.5s)

Orange buoy (FI W 4s)

Latitude (Datum WGS84)

38° 14.286’ S

38° 15.594’ S

Longitude (Datum WGS84)

147° 27.108’ E

147° 25.242’ E

Zone

100 metre radius

800 metre radius

It is expected that moorings will be removed by the end of November 2018.

For further information regarding the moorings please contact David Hughes, Moored Sensor Systems Team Leader, Oceans & Atmosphere, CSIRO Hobart, on telephone (03) 6232 5439.

AUS Charts and publications affected:

AUS 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected:

Nil

Further notice:

A further Notice will be issued when the moorings have been removed.

14/03/2018 | Bass Strait – East Gippsland – Snowy River

Australia – Victoria
No. 109 (T) of 2018
BASS STRAIT – EAST GIPPSLAND – SNOWY RIVER

Date: Effective Immediately

Details: Due to pipe pulling works undertaken by Cooper Energy off shore of the Orbost Gas Plant at Newmerella, East Gippsland, there remains an over-trawlable pipeline of approximately 520 metres in length along the seabed anchored at:

Lat. 37°48’40.0356” South

Lon. 148°26’16.9138” East

and exiting the surface at:

Lat. 37°48’23.2231” South

Lon. 148°26’15.2572” East

(Datum GDA94)

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the pipeline until construction is anticipated to be completed in October 2018.

AUS Charts and publications affected: Aus. 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further notice: A further Notice will be issued when construction is completed.

Further Information:
Mr. Phil Barrett
Cooper Energy Subsea Pipeline Lead
Tel: 0419 040 640

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.

20/12/2017 | Bass Strait oil and gas fields – East Gippsland

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
No. 348 (Temporary) of 2017
BASS STRAIT OIL AND GAS FIELDS – EAST GIPPSLAND

Date:   FROM PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE

Details: Mariners are advised of multi beam survey and ROV inspections being undertaken on the Bass Strait offshore oil and gas pipelines operated by Esso Australia.

During survey operations, the “Offshore Guardian” (VZXN) will be displaying the lights and shapes required by the Collision Regulations for a vessel “restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.”

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

The works will continue through to 30 June 2018.

Masters of vessels are advised to navigate with caution and to keep clear of the 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

WSG84

TABLE 1

AUS Charts and publications affected:

AUS 357A

Victorian Charts and publications affected:

Nil

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

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.