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 053 2023 |  Bass Strait – Lorne & Aireys Inlet

Date: Effective from 3 February 2023

Details: Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 389 (Temporary) of 2021 is referred and cancelled. Mariners are advised that two special buoys have been re-established in positions (refer locations below) to mark Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs).

One buoy is located approximately 3 nautical miles east of Lorne and the other buoy is approximately 3.2 nautical miles southeast of Aireys Inlet.
Each special buoy is 1.26 metres high and 800mm in diameter and displays a yellow flashing light as detailed below.
#LocationPositionLight Characteristics
63NM E of Lorne38° 32.407’ S 144° 02.264’ E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
77 3.2NM SE of Aireys Inlet38° 29.382’ S 144° 09.904’ EFl Y 5s 2-3 NM

The two buoys will be temporarily withdrawn for the winter months in May 2023 and reestablished again in December 2023.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected:
AUS 788, ENC AU 439144

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice:
A further Notice will be issued in relation to the next deployment

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

NTM 410 2022 |  Barwon Heads – Ozone Jetty

Date: Effective from 22 December 2022

Details: Mariners and jetty users are advised that Ozone Jetty maintenance works have been completed, approximate location (WGS84) 38°16.752’S 144°29.782’E.

This notice cancels NtM No. 400(T) Charts & AUS143
Further Notice: This Notice to Mariners is issued by the Barwon Coast Committee of Management Incorporated, delegated Local Port.

Further information: If you require any further information, please contact Barwon Coast on (03) 5254 1118. 

NTM 490(T) 2022 |  Barwon Heads – Barwon River Boating Channel

Australia - Victoria
No 490(T)
Barwon Heads – Barwon River Boating Channel

Date: 23 December 2022

Details: Mariners are advised that two (2) new temporary lit Starboard Buoys have been placed and one (1) temporary lit Port Starboard buoy has been re-positioned in the Barwon River Boating Channel to provide a safer navigable route for all transiting vessels.

Temporary buoy approximate positions are as follows (WGS84)
:

1.Starboard Buoy No.17 38°16.557'S 144°29.975'E

2.Starboard Buoy No.19 38°16.543'S 144°30.027'E

3.Port Buoy No.12 38°16.547'S 144°29.969'E

Charts & AUS143 Publications Affected: Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further information:  If you require any further information, please contact Barwon Coast on (03) 5254 1118.

NTM 466 (T) 2022 | Bass Strait – Torquay

Australia – Victoria
No. 466 (T) of 2022
Bass Strait - Torquay 

Date:  16 December 2022

Details: Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 386 (Temporary) of 2021 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that five special buoys have been re-established in position (refer locations below) approximately two nautical miles east-south-east of Torquay to mark an offshore recreational fishing reef approximately is 26-28 metres below the surface.

Each special mark buoy is marking a fish aggregation device (FAD). The buoys are 1.26 metres high and 800mm in diameter and display yellow flashing lights as detailed below:

#LocationLight Characteristics
138° 19.930’ S 144° 22.553 EFl Y 5s 2-3 NM
238° 19.941’ S 144° 22.464 EFl Y 5s 2-3 NM
338° 20.006’ S 144° 22.449 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
438° 20.025’ S 144° 22.382 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM
538° 20.077’ S 144° 22.369 E Fl Y 5s 2-3 NM

All five buoys will be withdrawn for the winter months in May 2023 and re-established in December 2023.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS143, AUS788, AU439144

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued in relation to the next deployment

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

CAMERON TOY
Director Maritime Safety
16/12/2022

NTM 461 2022 | Port of Warrnambool – Entrance to Port

Australia – Victoria
No. 461 of 2022
Port of Warrnambool – Entrance to Port 

Date: 12 December 2022

Details: Mariners are advised that port access will not be available via the channel during the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, being launched from the Breakwater.

The 125m exclusion zone has been determined by WorkSafe Victoria.

Charts: The exclusion will take effect from 1900hrs 31 December 2022 and conclude at 0100hrs Sunday 1 January 2023.

Affected: AUS 141, AU5WMB01

Further Information: For further information contact Don Allen, Port Engineer 0419 389 638 or dallen@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

NTM 462 2022 | Port of Warrnambool – Breakwater and surrounds

Australia – Victoria
No. 462 of 2022
Port of Warrnambool – Breakwater and surrounds


Date: 12 December 2022 

Details: Mariners are advised that the works have been completed and access to port facilities including the boat ramp is now available.

Charts Affected: AUS 141, AU5WMB01

Further Information: For further information contact Don Allen, Port Engineer 0419 389 638 or dallen@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

NTM 417(T) 2022 | Bass Straight East – Inverloch

Australia - Victoria
No 417 of 2022
Bass Straight East - Inverloch  

Date: 25 September 2022 - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of a mooring deployment of a Sofar Spotter wave buoy, collecting wave data for the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program (VCMP), deployed by Deakin University and funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The deployment is expected to be of a 12 month duration.

Approximate buoy location: 0.5 NM South of Inverloch Surf Beach Position: 38°39.294'S, 145° 42.247'E Approx. depth: 10 m.

The Special Mark Buoy has the following light characteristic: FL (1) 5s. 2-3 NM Special Mark Buoy measures 42 cm in width and is attached to two (2) orange floats It displays an amber light with characteristic: Fl.Am.2.5s.

Mariners are further advised to keep clear of the area where the buoys are deployed.

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AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS801, AU439145

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued

Further Information: For further information contact contact Jak McCarroll, Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 0418 873 854, jak.mccarroll@delwp.vic.gov.au 

CAMERON TOY
Director Maritime Safety
25/11/2022

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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