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

NTM 304(T) 2022 | Western Port - Crib Point - Ex-HMAS Otama Submarine

Australia – Victoria
No. 304 of 2022
VICTORIAN COAST

Marine Radio Victoria – Towers Inoperative

Date: 7 September 2022 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued NTM 265 (T) is cancelled and has been replaced with NTM 303(T), issued on 6 September 2022.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 151

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

Cameron Toy

Director Maritime Safety
07/09/2022

NTM 303(T) 2022 | Western Port - Crib Point - Ex-HMAS Otama Submarine

NTM 302(T) 2022 | West Bass Straight - Barwon Heads

Australia - Victoria
No. 302 of 2022 
VICTORIAN COAST

WEST BASS STRAIT – BARWON HEADS

Date: 5 September 2022 - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the Orungal Wreck south cardinal mark buoy (Q6+LFI W 15s) is missing.

The established position of the buoy was: 38° 17.316’ S,144° 30.632’ E (WGS84)

The buoy shall be re-established 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, AU439144

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

CAMERON TOY

Director Maritime Safety
05/09/2022

NTM 283(T) 2019 | Bass Strait – Lorne & Aireys Inlet

Australia – Victoria
No. 283 (T) of 2019
BASS STRAIT – LORNE & AIREYS INLET

Date: Effective 25 November 2019

Details: Mariners are advised of two special buoys established in the positions below to mark Fish Aggregation Devices (FAD). One FAD will be anchored approximately 3.75 nautical miles east of Lorne and the other FAD will be anchored approximately 4 nautical miles south east of Aireys Inlet. Each special buoy is 1.26 metres high and 800 mm in diameter and displays flashing yellow lights as detailed below.

FAD

Location

Light Characteristics

6

38° 32.264’ S      144° 01.940’ E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

7

38° 29.143’ S      144° 09.728’ E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

The two buoys will be temporarily withdrawn for the winter months in May 2020 and re-established in position in December 2020.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 788.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued in relation to the removal and redeployment.

Further Information: Contact Brent Womersley, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Technical Officer. Email: brent.womersley@vfa.vic.gov.au

NTM 282(T)/2019 | Bass Strait – Torquay

Australia – Victoria
No. 282 (T) of 2019
BASS STRAIT – TORQUAY

Date: Effective 20 November 2019

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

Each special mark buoy is 1.26 metres high and 800mm in diameter and displays yellow flashing lights as detailed below.

FAD

Location

Light Characteristics

1

38° 19.934’ S 144° 22.530 E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

2

38° 19.940’ S 144° 22.446 E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

3

38° 19.993’ S 144° 22.437 E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

4

38° 20.021’ S 144° 22.372 E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

5

38° 20.075’ S 144° 22.354 E

Fl Y 5s   2-3 NM

All five buoys will be temporarily withdrawn for the winter months in May 2020 and re-established in position in December 2020.

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

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil.

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued in relation to the removal and redeployment.

Further Information: Contact Brent Womersley, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Technical Officer. Email: brent.womersley@vfa.vic.gov.au

NTM 238(P)/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.

NTM 264(P)/2015 | Port Phillip Heads

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA
No. 264 (P) 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

Port Phillip Heads map

AUS Charts and publications affected:

  • AUS 144

Further Notice:

  • No further notice will be issued

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