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

25/01/2018 | Bass Strait – Golden Beach, East Gippsland

AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA
NO. 035 (T) OF 2018
BASS STRAIT – EAST GIPPSLAND – GOLDEN BEACH

Date: EFFECTIVE 6 FEBRUARY 2018

Details:

Mariners are advised that RPS Energy Pty Ltd on behalf of Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources will be undertaking survey works off shore of the Golden Beach, East Gippsland in Bass Strait.

The vessel “Polarcus Naila” Call Sign C6XK5. is undertaking the survey works and will be supported by the Mermaid Vantage: Call Sign – 9V8386 and the Northern Star: Call Sign – VJN4125.

All vessels will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 16.

During survey operations, “Polarcus Naila” will be displaying the lights and shapes required by the Collision Regulations for a vessel “restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.”

Operations will be 24/7 - weather and technical dependent.

The seismic vessel, M/V Polarcus Naila, will be towing submerged arrays up to 2.7 Nm behind the vessel, in an area of operations as detailed in Map 1.

Mariners are advised that given the nature of the operation as described above, and to ensure the safe operation of the vessel and its equipment an exclusion zone of 4.5 nm in all directions of the Polarcus Naila has been established.

Under section 211 (1) (b) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Act) all vessels and persons, excluding vessels involved in the survey works, are prohibited operating, drifting, or anchoring within 4.5 Nm of the Polarcus Naila when the Polarcus Naila is undertaking survey activities within the area detailed in Map 1.

It is expected that survey operations will be completed by the end of March 2018.

Survey activities map

AUS Charts and publications affected:
Aus 357
Victorian Charts and publications affected:
Nil
Further notice:
A further Notice will be issued at the completion of the works.

Further Information
Polarcus Naila:
Call sign – C6XK5
V-Sat bridge - +47 2367 7362
Email – naila.master@polarcus.com
Mermaid Vantage:
Call sign – 9V8386
Phone - +61 457 752244
Inmarsat - +870 773 257765
Email - bridge.vantage@mmaoffshore.com
Northern Star:
Call sign – VJN4125
Sat. phone – +61 405 897022
Ships phone - +61 428 283810
Email - northernstar-y5e@bigpond.com
RSP Group Project Manager
Mick Small:
Phone: M 0428 474 155
Email: Mick.Small@rpsgroup.com.au

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 – East Gippsland - Snowy River

Australia – Victoria
No. 349 (T) of 2017
BASS STRAIT – EAST GIPPSLAND – SNOWY RIVER

Date:   Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details:

Mariners are advised that Notice to Mariners No. 332 (Temporary) of 2017 is referred and cancelled.

Cooper Energy has suspended operations relating to the diving and pipe pulling operations off shore of the Orbost Gas Plant at Newmerella, East Gippsland

AUS Charts and publications affected:   Aus. 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further notice: No 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.

26/04/2017 | Bass Strait – Barwon Heads

Australia – Victoria
No. 130 (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

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.