Safety alerts provide information for boaters in response to incidents and hazards
Recent alerts from Maritime Safety Victoria are listed below. View Notices to Mariners
12 June 2020
Boaters travelling from Victoria into NSW waters are advised that shipping containers lost from the vessel APL England continue to pose a serious hazard to safe navigation.
15 January 2020
Bushfire smoke has created hazy conditions which is impacting visibility and could affect your health. Boaters are advised to be extra vigilant if heading out on the water, and use navigation lights in restricted visibility.
29 October 2019
In a recent incident, four Victorian boaters were hospitalised following exposure to carbon monoxide (CO).
15 February 2019
There have been recent collisions directly attributable to the incorrect placement of navigation lights and /or vessels displaying navigation lights that do not comply with the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) (MSR).
1 August 2018
Petrol vapours collect low down in boats in spaces such as bilges. When petrol vapour mixes with air within a specific concentration range the mixture becomes explosive. Exposure to any ignition source will result in an explosion with the potential results of fatality, severe injury and/or loss of vessel.
19 January 2018
Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV), a branch of Transport Safety Victoria, has identified a design fault in a batch of a Jarvis Walker branded block-style lifejacket.
21 December 2017
Risk of capsizing an overloaded vessel of 4.8 m or less, including PWCs.
25 August 2017
There have been two recent incidents involving solo kayakers launching at Altona. This Safety Alert is to make paddlers aware of the risks of paddling alone, and advise paddlers on how to make safer choices and be better prepared.
16 September 2016
This safety alert applies to all individuals and organisations engaging in paddling activities. A recent investigation into a kayaking incident at Anglesea surf beach found that strong offshore wind prevented paddlers from being able to paddle back to shore.
14 January 2016
As parts of Victoria dry out, previously navigable waterways are now smaller and shallower. There is an increased danger of collision with submerged objects and debris in lowering waters. Chances are the waterway is not the same as you remember.
23 December 2015
Recent changes to marine regulations – new definition of Port Phillip Heads.
31 March 2015