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  Notice 2017-103: Offshore ROV survey, Port of Onslow, 'Sea Stryder'

Australind well head, Thevenard Island vicinity, Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that vessel ROV surveying operations in the vicinity of Thevenard Island are scheduled to take place on 29th September 2017 at the following location:

Name Latitude (GDA94) Longitude (GDA94) Port
Australind 1 Well-Head 21° 24.823' S 115° 02.379' E Port of Onslow
  • Chart Reference: AUS Chart 64 - Approaches to Onslow.

The ROV activities will take place from the vessel 'Sea Stryder' (LOA: 20 metres, call sign VNW 5773). Operators will monitor Marine VHF channels 14 and 16 during operating hours.

  • 'Sea Stryder' will transit to and from Beadon Creek.

The vessel taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

All operations will be performed during daylight hours only. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep clear of the above operations at all times.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 29/09/2017.
  • End date: 29/09/2017.
  • Issued: 19/09/2017.

  Notice 2017-94 Declared depths, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

Mariners and port users are advised that recent survey data for the Port Walcott, Cape Lambert facility, berth pockets and approaches has resulted in the following depths being declared.

  • Chart references: AUS Charts 55, 56, and 740.
Facility Declared depth at Chart Datum of Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT)
Navigation channel -15.60 metres
Swing basin -10.00 metres
CLA -15.40 metres
CLB -15.30 metres

All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area, and mariners and vessels not specifically contracted to perform marine operations for this work scope should keep well clear of these facilities and associated marine operations and should exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of these operations within Port Walcott.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 28/08/2017.

  Notice 2017-90: Changes to compulsory pilotage, Port of Varanus Island

Port of Varanus Island

Mariners are advised that as of 16 September 2017 the threshold for compulsory pilotage within the Port of Varanus Island will change from 500GT to 35 Meters Length Overall (LOA).

From this date onwards all vessels 35 m LOA or greater wishing to transit or operate within the port limits will be required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Varanus Island Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Chart reference:

  • Chart AUS 62 - Approaches to Varanus Island.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port of Varanus Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 16/09/2017
  • End date:
  • Issued: 11/08/2017.

  Notice 2017-89: Changes to compulsory pilotage, Port Walcott

Port of Walcott

Mariners are advised that as of 16 September 2017 the threshold for compulsory pilotage within the Port of Port Walcott will change from 500GT to 35 Meters Length Overall (LOA).

From this date onwards all vessels 35 m LOA or greater wishing to transit or operate within the port limits will be required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Port Walcott Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Chart references:

  • AUS 740 - Port Headland to Port Walcott.
  • AUS 741 - Approaches to Dampier Archipelago.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 16/09/2017
  • End date:
  • Issued: 11/08/2017.

  Notice 2017-87: Changes to compulsory pilotage, Port of Onslow

Port of Onslow

Mariners are advised that as of 16 September 2017 the threshold for compulsory pilotage within the Port of Onslow will change from 500GT to 35 Meters Length Overall (LOA).

From this date onwards all vessels 35 m LOA or greater wishing to transit or operate within the port limits will be required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Onslow Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued

Chart reference:

  • AUS Chart 743 - Barrow Is. to Onslow.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 16/09/2017
  • End date:
  • Issued: 11/08/2017.

  Notice 2017-85: Changes to compulsory pilotage, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

Mariners are advised that as of 16 September 2017 the threshold for compulsory pilotage within the Port of Cape Preston will change from 500GT to 35 Meters Length Overall (LOA).

From this date onwards all vessels 35 m LOA or greater wishing to transit or operate within the port limits will be required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Cape Preston Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Chart reference:

  • Chart AUS 68 - Approaches to Cape Preston.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 16/09/2017
  • End date:
  • Issued: 11/08/2017.

  Notice 2017-84: Changes to compulsory pilotage, Port of Barrow Island

Port of Barrow Island

Mariners are advised that as of 16 September 2017 the threshold for compulsory pilotage within the Port of Barrow Island will change from 500GT to 35 Meters Length Overall (LOA).

From this date onwards all vessels 35 m LOA or greater wishing to transit or operate within the port limits will be required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Barrow Island Pilot Exemption Certificate.

Vessels, vessel Masters or operators of vessels affected by this requirement are invited to approach the Department of Transport Harbour Masters office at port.ops@transport.wa.gov.au to apply for a Pilot Exemption Certificate to be issued.

Chart reference:

  • AUS Chart 65 - Approaches to Barrow Island.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port of Barrow Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 16/09/2017
  • End date:
  • Issued: 11/08/2017.

  Notice 2017-80: Beadon Creek dredging works

Onslow Marine Support Base, Beadon Creek

Mariners are advised that dredging and land reclamation works to construct the Onslow Marine Support Base will be commencing on 6 August 2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of September 2017.

Dredging works may occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dredging will be carried out by the 25 metre cutter suction dredge 'Ngurunderi' equipped with a 100 metre floating pipeline and a 3 point mooring system. The floating pipeline and mooring anchors will be marked with buoys and flashing yellow lights.

Dredging will occur within the Marine Activity Zone. The dredge will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

The Marine Activity Zone for dredging and construction operations will extend to all waters in Beadon Creek west of the coordinates specified below:

  • A 115° 07' 54.96" E - 21° 38' 42.21" S.
  • B 115° 07' 56.72" E - 21° 38' 55.42" S.

The Eastern extremity of the Marine Activity Zone will be delineated by yellow buoys, approx. 1 metre in height, and equipped with flashing yellow lights.

  • Chart reference: AUS Chart 64 - Approaches to Onslow.

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area, request clearance from the dredge operator on VHF channel 14 (16) and to remain well clear of the above operations.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 06/08/2017.
  • End date: 30/09/2017.
  • Issued: 04/08/2017.

  Notice 2016-90: Cape Preston, Directional Wave Rider buoy (DWR)

Port of Cape Preston

A lit DWR and it's associated mooring has been installed at the following locations in the Port of Cape Preston:

  • DWR: 20° 45.340'S, 116° 10.121'E (orange buoy).
  • Flash rate: Q (5) Y 20s.
  • Mooring (clump): 20° 45.371'S, 116° 10.161'E (yellow buoy + poly floats).
  • Flash rate: Q (5) Y 20s.
  • Chart Reference: Chart AUS 742 - Rosemary Island to Barrow Island.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 1/09/2016.

  Notice 2016-65: Port of Cape Preston, Transport Security Information

Port of Cape Preston

Mariners are advised that the Port of Cape Preston is a security regulated Port under Australian Commonwealth Legislation.

All mariners are advised that pursuant with the approved security arrangements of the port it is an offence to approach within 50 metres of the breakwater or any port infrastructure. Also, it is an offence to approach a ship at anchor within the port of Cape Preston.

Mariners are advised that pursuant to the Direction given by the Harbour Master, commercial vessel(s) of any size that are not contracted to perform marine operations in the port should not transit through the port.

Recreational vessels should exercise extreme caution when in the area, and keep well clear of the port facilities and associated marine operations.

Chart Reference: AUS Chart 68 - Approaches to Cape Preston

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 21/06/2016.

  Notice 2015-166: Wave rider buoy, Barrow Island

Port of Barrow Island

Mariners are advised that a wave rider buoy has been deployed in the Port of Barrow Island at the following location until further notice as part of the Gorgon Project:

  • Latitude: 20° 49.47's, Longitude: 115° 30.85'e.

Chart Reference: Chart AUS 65 - Approaches to Barrow Island

The above wave rider buoy is yellow in colour, approximately 0.45 metres in diameter and equipped with a flashing yellow light.

  • Flash rate: Fl (5) Y 20s.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above wave rider buoy at all times.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Barrow Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until Further Notice.
  • Issued: 20/11/2015.

  Notice 2015-141: Declared depths, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that the Cape Lambert Alpha and Bravo facilities at Port Walcott have recently undergone a hydrographic survey of the seabed in the vicinity of the berth approaches, swing basin and south western end of the shipping channel.  This survey has indicated some isolated areas that may be slightly shallower than the declared depth of 15.6 metres.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when manoeuvring loaded vessels in this vicinity and should seek the advice from the Port Operator and Marine Pilots on duty with regards to appropriate passage planning and pilotage requirements to ensure adequate under keel clearances.

  • Charts Affected: AUS Charts 55, 56, 740 and 741

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Issued: 05/10/2015.

  Notice 2015-23: Monitoring moorings, Port of Barrow Island

Port of Barrow Island

This notice replaces Notice 2013-80 published in the Pilbara News on 19 June 2013.

Mariners are advised that the following monitoring mooring has been established at the following location to support marine activities in the waters within the Port of Barrow Island and is expected to be recovered by 31 December 2016.

  • Location: 20° 47.659'S, 115° 29.236'E.

The monitoring mooring consists of a lit yellow/orange buoy, approximately 1.2 metres in diameter. Flash rates: Fl Y 10s 2M.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above monitoring moorings at all times.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Barrow Island.

  • End date: 31/12/2016.
  • Issued: 19/01/2015.

  Notice 2015-15: Subsea coral monitoring equipment, West Pilbara

West Pilbara

Mariners are advised that coral monitoring equipment has been deployed on the seabed at thirteen (13) sites as indicated below: As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS1984, Edition 3 24/08/2012 and AUS Chart 743, Datum WGS1984, Printed 22/10/1993.

  • Please refer to the table below.

The above mentioned objects are expected to be in place until end of 2024. Four (4) 50 metre transects have been marked out with star pickets at each site. Each transect is marked with 6 star pickets - a total of 24 at each site. The star pickets will be up to 1 metre above sea bed surface. No physical surface site markers will be deployed.

Authorised by: Christopher Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management, Marine Safety, Department of Transport, Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow and Capt. Myron Fernades, Harbour Master, Port of Ashburton.

  • End date: 31/12/2024.
  • Issued: 09/01/2015.
Location Reference Latitude Longitude
Port of Varanus Island C11 20° 38.130' S 115° 34.250' E
Port of Varanus Island C23 20° 39.864' S 115° 35.131' E
Port of Onslow C25 21° 19.572' S 115° 10.099' E
Port of Onslow C26 21° 15.766' S 115° 01.581' E
Port of Onslow C27 21° 18.984' S 115° 10.332' E
Port of Barrow Island C30 20° 47.059' S 115° 30.032' E
Port of Barrow Island C31 20° 42.657' S 115° 28.926' E
State coastal waters C15 20° 30.194' S 115° 28.251' E
State coastal waters C18 20° 25.289' S 115° 30.550' E
State coastal waters C21 20° 30.028' S 115° 27.322' E
State coastal waters C20 20° 35.908' S 115° 32.310' E
State coastal waters C22 20° 30.635' S 115° 33.403' E
State coastal waters C24 21° 18.603' S 115° 13.351' E

  Notice 2014-201: Subsea water quality monitoring equipment, Ports of Varanus, Onslow and State coastal waters

Ports of Varanus, Onslow and State coastal waters

Mariners are advised that nine (9) Subsea logger stations are to be deployed on the seabed at various locations commencing late November 2014. As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS1984, Edition 3 24/08/2012 and AUS Chart 743, Datum WGS1984, Printed 22/10/1993.

  • Please refer to the table below.

The above mentioned objects will be in place until November 2019.The loggers will be mounted on posts on the seabed and will be approx. 55cm in height. No physical surface site markers will be deployed.

Authorised by: Christopher Mather, Director Waterways Safety Management, Marine Safety, Department of Transport; Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow.

  • Start date: 20/11/2014.
  • End date: 30/11/2019.
  • Issued: 29/10/2014.
Location Reference Latitude Longitude
Port of Varanus Island C23 20° 39.865' S 115° 35.126' E
Port of Varanus Island C33A 20° 36.545' S 115° 33.566' E
Port of Onslow C26 21° 15.715' S 115° 01.567' E
Port of Onslow C27 21° 18.962' S 115° 10.347' E
State coastal waters C15 20° 30.128' S 115° 28.602' E
State coastal waters C18 20° 25.244' S 115° 30.633' E
State coastal waters C20 20° 35.969' S 115° 32.348' E
State coastal waters C37 21° 5.925' S 115° 30.924 E

  Notice 2014-125: Desalination plant intake pipe, Beadon Creek, Port of Onslow

Beadon Creek, Onslow

Mariners are advised that a desalination intake pipe will be installed in Beadon Creek on 31 July 2014. The intake pipe will be approx. 15 metres from the shoreline at the Northern end of Beadon Creek and will be attached to clump weights on the creek bed.

The end of the pipe will be encased in a metal cage and marked with a floating buoy with light characteristics Flash rate: Fl 3s 2M. At LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) the intake pipe and cage will be exposed and at HAT (Highest Astronomical tide) clearance of the pipe is expected to be approx. 2.86 metres.

As plotted on AUS Chart 64, Datum WGS 84. Latitude: 21° 38.572' S Longitude: 115° 7.862' E.

The above mentioned object will remain in place until further notice. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and remain well clear of the above location at all times.

Authorised by: Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow.

  • Start date: 31/07/2014.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 16/07/2014.

  Notice 2013-101: Hazardous moorings, Flying Foam Passage, Dampier vicinity

Flying Foam Passage, Dampier vicinity

Mariners are advised that apparatus consistent with commercial moorings located within Flying Foam passage have been reported to be unlit and may not be clearly visible to vessel traffic in the area. Chart Reference AUS Chart 57.

Mariners are advised to navigate with extreme caution when transiting Flying Foam Passage at all times.

Authorised by: Mark Briant, Acting Marine Safety Operations Director, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Issued: July 2013.

  Notice 2013-82: Monitoring stations, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

This notice replaces Notice 2011-154 published in the Pilbara News 25.01.2011. Mariners are advised that four (4) Water Quality Loggers have been deployed at the following locations and will remain until further notice.

Each of the above loggers consist of a package of seabed instruments with a lit yellow surface telemetry buoy approximately 1.3 metres in height. These will be deployed in the below positions; As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS 1984, printed 10/11/2008.

  • Please refer to the table below.

Flash Rate: Fl Y 5s 2M.

No vessel is to moor to or interfere with the above loggers at any time. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting in the area and keep well clear of the above monitoring buoys at all times.

Authorised by: Capt. Mark Gooderham, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston.

  • Start date: 14/06/2013.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: June 2013.
Reference Latitude Longitude
1 20° 49.226' S 116° 11.375' E
2 20° 49.203' S 116° 11.420' E
3 20° 49.213' S 116° 11.271' E
4 20° 49.215' S 116° 12.168' E

  Notice 2013-71: Monitoring stations, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

This notice replaces Notice 2011-148 published in the Pilbara News on 23.11.2011. Mariners are advised that a single Displacement Data Buoy installed in the below location will remain until further notice.

As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS 1984, printed 10/11/2008.

  • Latitude 20° 43.707 'S Longitude 116° 08.771 'E.

The buoy is approximately 1.6 metres tall and 1.0 metres in diameter and is fitted with a yellow flashing light. No vessel is to moor to or interfere with the above instruments at any time.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and to keep well clear of the above monitoring buoy at all times.

Authorised by: Capt. Mark Gooderham, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston.

  • Start date: 25/11/2007.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: May 2013.

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