Safety alerts

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

  • Safety Alert: Goulburn River hazard – downstream of Killingworth River Reserve boat ramp

    21 January 2022

    Warning to waterway users of a large fallen tree across the Goulburn River between Killingworth River Reserve and Ghin Ghin Road Bridge that is blocking passage.

  • Safety Alert: Speed limit on the Yarra River

    24 December 2021

    All vessel operators (including commercial ferries, rowers, and hire and drive vessels) are urgently reminded that a 5-knot speed restriction applies on the entirety of the Yarra River from Bolte Bridge to Dights Falls.

  • Safety Alert: Carbon monoxide on boats

    29 October 2019

    In a recent incident, four Victorian boaters were hospitalised following exposure to carbon monoxide (CO).

  • Safety Alert: Navigation lights

    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).

  • Safety Alert: Potential explosions due to fuel tank installations

    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.

  • Safety Alert: Lifejacket batch fails testing - RECALL

    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.

  • Safety Alert: Vessel overloading and stability

    21 December 2017

    Risk of capsizing an overloaded vessel of 4.8 m or less, including PWCs.

  • Safety Alert: Solo paddling risks

    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.

  • Safety Alert: Dangers of paddling in offshore winds

    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.

  • Safety Alert: Hazards on inland waterways

    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.

  • Safety Alert: New definition of Port Phillip Heads

    23 December 2015

    Recent changes to marine regulations – new definition of Port Phillip Heads.

  • Safety Alert: Incident sparks boat fire warning

    31 March 2015

    Boaters are advised to check their electrical and fuel systems following a serious fire-related incident on Lake Eildon on 31 March 2015.

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