Notices to mariners

Notices to Mariners (NTMs) provide advice on general navigation and safety issues.

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NTM 323/2021 | Victorian Coast – Radio towers operative

Australia – Victoria
No. 323 of 2021
VICTORIAN COAST

Marine Radio Victoria – Towers operative

Date: 31 October 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued Notice to Mariners 319 - 2021 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that the towers are now fully operational following temporary outages. Services on VHF emergency channels (including digital selective calling) are restored (refer Image 1 for VHF Radio Coverage Predictions).

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 348, AUS 349, AUS 487, AUS 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

Image 1: Radio Base Station Sites - VHF Radio Coverage Predictions to 20NM and to -96dBm Receive Level

Disclaimer: The VHF maritime radio coverage predictions shown have been prepared using an industry recognised coverage predictions tool. Given that these are coverage predictions, they should be considered as being for reference purposes only. Actual real time coverage conditions may vary, depending on localised conditions.

Satellite view of Victorian coast with marine radio coverage highlighted

NTM 319(T)/2021 | Victorian Coast – Radio towers

Australia – Victoria
No. 319 of 2021
VICTORIAN COAST

Marine Radio Victoria – Towers Inoperative

Date: 29 October 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that due to the significant weather event in Victoria there are a temporary outages of Marine Radio Victoria transmission at various locations across Victoria coastal waters:

  • Mt. Kincaid Tower – outage reported, currently stable
  • Crowes Lookout Tower – unplanned outages
  • Mt Cowley Tower – unplanned outages
  • Arthurs Seat Tower – loss of communications
  • Bass Hill Tower – loss of communications
  • Mount Oberon Tower – loss of communications
  • Mount Tassie Tower – intermittent loss of communications
  • Nowa Nowa Tower – unplanned outages

This will result in limited services available along the entire Victorian Coast from the west of Portland through to east of Lakes Entrance on VHF emergency channels (including digital selective calling).

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 348, AUS 349, AUS 487, AUS 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: Ports, Shipping and Maritime Emergencies team at Maritime Safety Victoria at information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au or 1800 223 022.

Satellite image of Victorian coast with radio tower locations

NTM 265(T)/2021 | Western Port – Crib Point – Ex-HMAS Otama

Australia – Victoria
No. 265 (T) of 2021
WESTERN PORT – CRIB POINT – EX-HMAS OTAMA SUBMARINE

Date: 03/09/2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the Ex-HMAS OTAMA (Oberon class submarine) located 800 metres north of Crib Point refinery jetty is to be relocated closer inshore at Crib Point.

The Director Maritime Safety (as Delegate of the Director, Transport Safety) considers that an emergency exists as the Ex-HMAS OTAMA in its current position, in transit and in its new position, poses an ongoing safety risk to people and risks further damage to the submarine, adversely affecting its integrity.

Because of this emergency, persons who are not authorised should not enter or remain in the Exclusion Zones established around the Ex-HMAS OTAMA identified below:

  • Within 200 metres of where the Ex-HMAS OTAMA currently rests in the approximate position 38° 20.477’ S, 145° 13.445’ E.
  • Within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA and any vessels associated with the relocation activities for the duration of the relocation.
  • Within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA when relocated in the approximate positions, Stern: 38° 20' 38.52931"S 145° 13' 15.93447"E Bow: 38° 20' 41.43123"S 145° 13' 16.29657"E

EMERGENCY DIRECTION

I, Shaun Rodenburg, the Director Maritime Safety (as Delegate of the Director, Transport Safety) make the following emergency directions under section 215(1)(a) of the Marine Safety Act 2010.

Persons, other than those authorised by Parks Victoria, the Director, Transport Safety (or delegate) or Ports Victoria, must not enter or remain on the waters,

  • within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA where currently located,
  • within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA and any vessels associated with the relocation activities for the duration of the relocation, and
  • within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA where she rests following relocation.

The Emergency Direction applies from the time of publication of this Notice Mariners and persons are directed not to enter or remain in the waters in the Exclusion Zones. This direction applies to waters in the Exclusion Zones.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 151

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued as appropriate.

Further Information: For further information email information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au

NTM 264(T)/2021 | Western Port – Crib Point – Ex-HMAS Otama

Australia – Victoria
No. 264 of 2021
WESTERN PORT – CRIB POINT – EX-HMAS OTAMA SUBMARINE

Date: 03/09/2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued NTM 202 (T) 2021 is referred and cancelled. It is planned to relocate the Ex-HMAS OTAMA (Oberon class submarine). A NTM will be issued with further details.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 151

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued

NTM 263(T)/2021 | Western Port – Crib Point – Ex-HMAS Otama


Australia – Victoria
No. 263 of 2021
WESTERN PORT – CRIB POINT – EX-HMAS OTAMA SUBMARINE

Date: 03/09/2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued NTM 205 (T) 2021 is referred and cancelled.

It is planned to relocate the Ex-HMAS OTAMA (Oberon class submarine) and as a result the buoys referred in the previous Notice have been removed. An NTM will be issued with details relating to the relocation.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 151

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued

NTM 217/2021 | Port Phillip Heads – Beacon Review

Australia – Victoria
No. 217 of 2021
Port Phillip Heads – Marcus Hill Beacon and Clarkes Beacon Review

Date:25 August 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is reviewing the ongoing navigational use of two Aids to Navigation on the Bellarine Peninsula, namely Marcus Hill Beacon and Clarkes Beacon.

As part of the review MSV is seeking your feedback on:

  • The current navigational use and importance of these beacons.
  • Whether the beacons are still required for safe navigation (noting they are both unlit and difficult to see and considering advances in technology and navigational practices which may render them obsolete).
  • What the impact to navigational safety might be if the beacons were decommissioned.

Location:

  • Marcus Hill Beacon Daymark 38° 14.4655' S, 144° 36.5949' E
  • Clarkes Beacon Daymark       38° 16.3929' S, 144° 37.5134' E

An information paper is available on request by emailing: waterways@transportsafety.vic.gov.au

Closing date for any comments or feedback: 30 September 2021.

AUS Charts Affected: AUS 144, AUS 788, AUS 349, AUS 143. AU5RIP01, AU439144.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

NTM 216(T)/2021 | West Bass Strait – Portland

Australia – Victoria
No. 216 (T) of 2021
WEST BASS STRAIT – PORTLAND

Date: 6 July 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: The previously issued Notice to Mariners 115 (T) of 2021 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that a Control Area is in place to manage an outbreak of abalone viral ganglioneuritis (AVG) in wild abalone on Victoria’s south-west coast. Due to the nature of the AVG, the Control Area will be updated from time to time.

Within the Control Area certain restrictions are in place regulating or banning fishing, boating and diving.

Mariners are advised to monitor the restrictions and location of the Control Area. Details are available on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Abalone that seems diseased must be reported immediately if suspected. If you see dead abalone, please report it immediately to the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline on 1800 675 888.

AUS Charts Affected: AUS 349. AUS 140. AU439141. AU5PTJ01.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: Visit the Agriculture Victoria website or call 136 186.

NTM 206(T)/2021 | West Bass Strait – Port Fairy

Australia – Victoria
No. 206 (T) of 2021
WEST BASS STRAIT – PORT FAIRY

Date: 5 July 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that at approximately 0940, Monday 5 July 2021, a 5.75 metre Glass Reinforced Plastic Half Cabin vessel has capsized approximately 5nm south of Port Fairy.

The vessel may be partially submerged. The current location of the vessel is unknown.

Winds are westerly 10 to 15 knots. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area.

AUS Charts Affected: AUS 349, AU439142

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

NTM 205(T)/2021 | Western Port – Crib Point – Ex-HMAS Otama Submarine

Australia – Victoria
No. 205 (T) of 2021
WESTERN PORT – CRIB POINT – EX-HMAS OTAMA SUBMARINE

Date: 25 June 2021 - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that a number of Special Mark buoys, as detailed in Table 1, have been installed around the Ex-HMAS OTAMA (Oberon class submarine) located approximately 800 metres north of Crib Point refinery jetty to assist in the identification of the exclusion zone established on the waters within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA currently at the approximate position 38° 20.477’ S, 145° 13.445’ E.

Mariners are advised that persons, other than those authorised by Parks Victoria, the Director, Transport Safety (or delegate) or the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, must not enter or remain on the waters within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA where she rests. Ref: NTM 202 (T) 2021.

Table 1

Buoy 1 38° 20.580’ S 145° 13.494’ E
Buoy 2 38° 20.569’ S 145° 13.397’ E
Buoy 3 38° 20.338’ S 145° 13.374’ E
Buoy 4 38° 20.326’ S 145° 13.508’ E

The Special Mark buoys have the following light characteristics: FL (1) 5s. (fl 0.5s ec 4.5s).

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 151

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued

Further Information: For further information email information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au

NTM 202(T)/2021 | Western Port – Crib Point – Ex-HMAS Otama Submarine

Australia – Victoria
No. 202 (T) of 2021
WESTERN PORT – CRIB POINT – EX-HMAS OTAMA SUBMARINE

Date: 23 June 2021 - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the Ex-HMAS OTAMA (Oberon class submarine) approximately 800 metres north of Crib Point refinery jetty has listed significantly and has the risk of capsizing or possibly sinking imminently.

An exclusion zone has been established for the waters around the Ex-HMAS OTAMA currently at approximate position 38° 20.477’ S, 145° 13.445’ E (refer to images below).

The Director Maritime Safety (as Delegate of the Director, Transport Safety) considers that this is an emergency, and that because of this emergency, persons who are not authorised should not enter or remain in the exclusion zone.

EMERGENCY DIRECTION
Persons, other than those authorised by Parks Victoria, the Director, Transport Safety (or delegate) or the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, must not enter or remain on the waters within 200 metres of the Ex-HMAS OTAMA where she rests, from the time of publication of this notice until further notice.

Mariners are directed not to enter or remain in the waters in the Exclusion Zone. This direction applies to waters in the Exclusion Zone.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 151

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued as appropriate.

Further Information: For further information email information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au

This direction was made by Shaun Rodenburg, Director Maritime Safety (as Delegate of the Director, Transport Safety) under section 215(1)(a) of the Marine Safety Act 2010.

Submarine listing in the water

Map with exact location of submarine

Satellite image of position on water

NTM177/2021 | East Bass Strait – Marine Radio Victoria

Australia – Victoria
No. 177 of 2021
EAST BASS STRAIT

Marine Radio Victoria – Bass Hill Tower, Mount Oberon Tower and Mt Tassie Tower operative

Date: 15 June 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details:  Mariners are advised that the previously issued Notice to Mariners No.171 of 2021 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that Bass Hill Tower, Mount Oberon Tower and Mount Tassie Tower are now fully operational following a temporary outage.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 487, AUS 150, AUS 801, AUS 802, AUS 181, AUS 182, AUS 357.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

NTM171/2021 | East Bass Strait – Marine Radio Victoria

Australia – Victoria
No. 171 of 2021
EAST BASS STRAIT

Marine Radio Victoria – Bass Hill Tower, Mount Oberon Tower and Mt Tassie Tower inoperative

Date: 10 June 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that due to the significant weather event in Central Gippsland there is a temporary outage of the Marine Radio Victoria transmission at:

  • Bass Hill Tower
  • Mount Oberon Tower
  • Mount Tassie Tower

This will result in limited services available along the Central Gippsland Coast from the eastern side of Western Port to Saint Margaret Island on VHF emergency channels (including digital selective calling).

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 487, AUS 150, AUS 801, AUS 802, AUS 181, AUS 182, AUS 357.

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: MSV Ports, Shipping and Maritime Emergencies team: information@transportsafety.vic.gov.au or 1800 223 022

Google Maps screenshot

Google Maps: Western Port to Saint Margaret Island

NTM 166(P)/2021 | West Bass Strait – Childers Cove

Australia – Victoria
No. 116 (P) of 2021
WEST BASS STRAIT – CHILDERS COVE

Date: 28 May 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: NTM 124 (T) 2019 is referred and cancelled

Mariners are advised that the the vessel Patricia Mary remains aground at Childers Cove Allensford, within the Bay of Islands Coastal Park, in the approximate position 38.26.316' S, 142. 35.422' E. and is no longer considered a hazard.

The exclusion zone is no longer in force.

AUS Charts Affected: AUS 787, AU439142

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

NTM 133/2021 | Bass Strait – Barwon Heads

Australia – Victoria
No. 133 of 2021
WEST BASS STRAIT – BARWON HEADS

Date: 18 May 2021 – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued Notice to Mariners 112(T) 2021 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that the Orungal Wreck, South Cardinal Buoy has been reestablished to position.

38° 17.316’ S, 144° 30.632’ E (WGS84)

The Orungal Wreck light characteristics remain unchanged: (Q6+LFI W 15s)

AUS Charts and publications affected: AUS 143

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further notice: No further Notice will be issued.

NTM 112(T)/2021 | Bass Strait – Barwon Heads

Australia – Victoria
No. 112 (T) of 2021
WEST BASS STRAIT – BARWON HEADS

Date: 3 May 2021 – 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: 38° 17.316’ S,144° 30.632’ E (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.

NTM 246(T)/2020 | East Bass Strait – Port Albert

Australia – Victoria
No. 246 (T) of 2020
EAST BASS STRAIT
Port Albert - Shoal Inlet Entrance

Date: 8 September 2020 – EFFECTIVE  IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of the existence of a navigational hazard at the entrance to Shoal Inlet.

A previously destroyed navigational structure (pile) has been located at the approximate location:

38 o.40.497’ S,146 o 50.128’ E (WGS84)

An Isolated Danger light has been established on the structure.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 181.

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

NTM 223(P)/2020 | West Bass Strait – Barwon Heads

Australia – Victoria
No. 223 (P) of 2020
WEST BASS STRAIT

Barwon Heads

Date: 12 August 2020 – Effective Immediately

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued Notice to Mariners 179(T) 2017 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that the Orungal Wreck, South Cardinal buoy has been reestablished and relocated to 38 o17.316’ S,144 o 30.632’ E (WGS84)

The Orungal Wreck light characteristics remain unchanged: (Q6+LFI W 15s).

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: No further Notice will be issued.

NTM 203(P)/2020 | East Bass Strait – Port Albert

Australia – Victoria
No. 203 (P) of 2020
EAST BASS STRAIT

Port Albert - Shoal Inlet Entrance

Date: 8 July 2020 – Effective Immediately

Details: Mariners are advised that the previously issued Notice to Mariners 007(T) 2018 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised that the Aid to Navigation has been reestablished and relocated to 38 o.40.5583’ S,146 o 50.1483’ E (WGS84)

The light characteristic, FI W 2s 6M remains unchanged.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 181.

Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals: NP 83 (Vol K, K2540)

Admiralty Sailing Directions: Australian Pilot Volume 2.NP14

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

NTM 149/2020 | East Bass Strait – Snowy River

Australia – Victoria
No. 149 of 2020
EAST BASS STRAIT – Snowy River, Near Entrance

Date: 18 May 2020

Details: Mariners are advised that the Aid to Navigation previously located at 37°.48.12’S, 148°31.98’ E has been relocated to -37°47.8133’ S, 148° 33.0567’ E.

The light characteristic, FI W 6s remains unchanged.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 357.

Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals: (Vol K, K2554)

Sailing Directions: NP14

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

NTM 151(P)/2020 | Bass Strait – Golden Beach

Australia – Victoria
No. 151 (P) of 2020
BASS STRAIT – GOLDEN BEACH

Date: 12 May 2020

Mariners are advised that CSIRO have deployed three moored structures for research purposes approximately 2.5 NM south-east off shore of Golden Beach, East Gippsland in Bass Strait.

One structure is an orange surface float approximately 1.2 metres wide and 1 metre high, marked by a white flashing light (Fl W (1.0) 4s). This structure will be accompanied by two subsurface landers positioned 350 metres on either side.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area, given the nature of the mooring and to ensure the safe operation of vessels, it is recommended not to anchor or trawl and to keep clear of the surface structure within a 500 metre radius.

It is expected the moorings will be removed by November 2020.

Surface Float

38° 15.366’S

147° 25.345’E

Lander

38° 15.366’S

147° 25.107’E

Lander

38° 15.366’S

147° 25.580’E

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 357

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued when the moorings have been removed.

Further Information: For further information contact David Hughes, Moored Sensor Systems Team Leader, Oceans & Atmosphere, CSIRO Hobart, (03) 6232 5439.

NTM 079(T)/2020 | Portland Bay – Offshore Fitzroy River

Australia – Victoria
No. 079 (T) of 2020
PORTLAND BAY – OFFSHORE FITZROY RIVER

Date: EFFECTIVE 26 February 2020

Details: Mariners are advised of three acoustic receivers being deployed approximately 600-650 metres offshore from the Fitzroy River estuary, east of Portland.

The three acoustic receivers are being deployed to help track eel migrations and will be deployed in the following locations at a depth of 8-10 m.

Receiver

Coordinates (WGS 84)

1

38° 16' 3.252'' S, 141° 50' 48.912'' E

2

38° 16' 6.024'' S, 141° 51' 10.295'' E

3

38° 16' 8.436'' S, 141° 51' 33.3'' E

Each acoustic receiver is moored to a 50kg piece of steel railway track, and has a float attached that extends approximately 3 m from the sea floor. The top of the floats are 5+ m below the water surface.

Mariners should be aware when fishing or trawling in the area.

The expected duration of the deployments is until November 2020.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 140, 349

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued

Further Information: Contact David Dawson, Technical Officer, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on 03 9450 8675 or david.dawson@delwp.vic.gov.au

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 275(T)/2019 | Bass Strait – Apollo Bay

Australia – Victoria
No. 275 (T) of 2019
BASS STRAIT– APOLLO BAY

Date: 7 November 2019. Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of a new wave buoy mooring deployed by Deakin University off the coast of Apollo Bay located in position 38° 45.2504’S, 143° 43.3915’E.

The buoy will measure wave height, direction and spread. It will consist of a solar powered yellow buoy, 42 cm wide and 31 cm high. The buoy will display a flashing yellow light Fl.Y.(2.5s) operating 24 hrs. The buoy will be at a depth of 30 metres. Attached to this buoy will be two 200 mm orange surface floats.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area and keep clear when fishing and trawling.

The expected duration of the deployment is until December 2021.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 141

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued when the buoy is removed.

Further Information: For further information contact Paul Tinkler, Senior Marine Technical Officer, Deakin University on 0435 079 173 or paul.tinkler@deakin.edu.au

NTM 230(P)/2019 | Bass Strait – Gabo Island and Tullaberga Island

Australia – Victoria
No. 230 (P) of 2019
Bass Strait – Gabo Island and Tullaberga Island

Date: 24 September 2019. Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of two aquaculture sites established in the positions (below), off the SW corner of Gabo Island and the NW corner of Tullaberga Island.

The aquaculture site off Gabo Island is located between the following points adjacent to the western end of the Gabo Island airfield, extending approximately 100 metres from shore for a distance of 600 metres, and over an area of 6 hectares:

Point

GDA94

Mark

1. On shore site point – northern end

37° 33.935’ S 149° 54.325’ E

Painted mark on rock on shore

2. On water site point – northern end

37° 33.953’ S 149° 54.253’ E

Concrete boundary block on seabed (approximate depth 60 m)

3. On water site mid-point

37° 34.103’ S 149° 54.354’ E

No mark

4. On water site point – southern end

37° 34.159’ S 149° 54.556’ E

Concrete boundary block on seabed (approximate depth 60 m)

5. On shore site point – southern end

37° 34.114’ S 149° 54.598’ E

Painted mark on rock on shore

The aquaculture site off Tullaberga Island is located between the following points, extending approximately 120 metres from shore for a distance of 355 metres, and over an area of 3 hectares:

Point

GDA94

Mark

1. On shore site point – northern end

37° 33.298’ S 149° 50.685’ E

Painted mark on rock on shore

2. On shore site point – southern end

37° 33.415’ S 149° 50.596’ E

Painted mark on rock on shore

3. On water site point – southern end

37° 33.458’ S 149° 50.503’ E

Concrete boundary block on seabed (approximate depth 30 m)

4. On water site point – northern end

37° 33.264’ S 149° 50.604’ E

Concrete boundary block on seabed (approximate depth 30 m)

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the two sites and to avoid navigating within these areas when drilling or infrastructure works are being undertaken.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 805

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: No further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: Paul Menke, Managing Director, Mallacoota Abalone Pearls Australia, info@mapapearls.com

Gabo Island map

Tullaberga Island map

NTM 224(T)/2019 | Portland – Dutton Way and Cape Nelson

Australia – Victoria
No. 224 (T) of 2019
Portland – Dutton Way and Cape Nelson

Date: 12 September 2019. Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of two new wave buoy moorings deployed by Deakin University at Cape Nelson and Dutton Way, Portland Bay.

The mooring at Cape Nelson is located at 38° 25.4002’S, 141° 30.6854’E and is at a depth of 30 metres.

The mooring at Dutton Way is located at 38°19.1991’S, 141° 39.4273’E and is at a depth of 18 metres.

The two buoys will measure wave height, direction and spread. They will consist of a solar powered yellow buoy, 42 cm wide and 31 cm high. Attached to these buoys will be two 250 mm orange surface floats. These two buoys will display a flashing yellow light Fl.Y.(2.5s) operating 24 hrs.

Mariners are to be aware when fishing and trawling in the area.

The expected duration of the deployments is until December 2021.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 349, 140

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: For further information contact Paul Tinkler, Senior Marine Technical Officer, Deakin University on 0435079173 or paul.tinkler@deakin.edu.au

Map of buoy locations off Portland

NTM 165(T)/2019 | Portland – Cape Bridgewater

Australia – Victoria
No. 165 (T) of 2019
PORTLAND – CAPE BRIDGEWATER

Date: 8 July 2019. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Details: Mariners are advised of mooring deployments made last week approximately 5NM WSW of Cape Bridgewater, which is west of Portland. The two sets of deployments by Deakin University are part of the National Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) for Victoria (VICIMOS).

  1. IMOS Bonney Upwelling Mooring (VBM100) - a substantial sub-surface oceanographic mooring that measures: ocean currents, conductivity, temperature, depth, ocean acidification, is located at 38° 24.516’ S, 141° 16.260’ E. This mooring is at a depth of 100 m and rises from the sea floor to a depth of 25 m.
  2. Ten (10) IMOS Acoustic Curtain receivers are moored to a 50kg piece of steel railway track. The receivers have a float attached that extends approximately 3 m from the sea floor.

Mariners be aware when fishing or trawling in the area.

The expected duration of deployments is until December 2023.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 140, 348

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued

Further Information: Contact Paul Tinkler, Senior Marine Technical Officer, Deakin University, telephone 03 5563 3527 or email paul.tinkler@deakin.edu.au

NTM 127(T)/2019 | Bass Strait – Port Fairy

Australia – Victoria
No. 127 (T) of 2019
BASS STRAIT – PORT FAIRY

Date: 4 June 2019. Effective IMMEDIATELY

Details: Notice to Mariners No. 281 (Temporary) of 2018 is referred and cancelled.

Mariners are advised the Wave Rider buoy established in position: 38°22.914’S, 142°17.2332’E (WGS84) will remain in place until 31 December 2020.

The yellow buoy measures 42 cm in width and is attached to two (2) orange floats, then anchored at a depth of 28 metres. It will display an amber light with characteristic: Fl.Am.2.5s.

The Wave Rider buoy is measuring swell heights as part of a project undertaken by Deakin University.

Mariners are further advised to keep clear of the area.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 141, 349

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

Further Information: For further information contact School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus, telephone (03) 5563 3527.

Wave Rider buoy photo Wave Rider buoy diagram

NTM 124(T)/2019 | Bass Strait West – Childers Cove

Australia – Victoria
No. 124 (T) of 2019
Bass Strait West – Childers Cove

Date: 30 May 2019. Effective Immediately

Details: 104 (T) -2019 is referred and cancelled

Mariners are advised of the grounding of the vessel Patricia Mary at Childers Cove Allensford within the Bay of Islands Coastal Park in the approximate position 38.26.316' S, 142. 35.422' E.

Maritime Safety Victoria has established an enlarged exclusion zone with a radius of 1000 metres from the location of the Patricia Mary under section 211(1)(b) of the Marine Safety Act 2010. All vessels and persons are prohibited from entering or remaining in the waters within the exclusion zone. The exclusion zone will remain in place until the vessel is salvaged.

A person must comply with a notice under section 211(1) (b). Penalties apply.

AUS Charts and Publications Affected: AUS 787

Victorian Charts and publications affected: Nil

Further Notice: A further Notice will be issued.

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 179(T)/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.

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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