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21 Sep 2018
Nautical charts review

Clear course set for improved nautical chart program

Key changes will be made to the Department of Transport’s (DoT) nautical chart program to improve access and assist navigation following successful consultation with skippers and other users.

Key changes will be made to the Department of Transport’s (DoT) nautical chart program to improve access and assist navigation following successful consultation with skippers and other users.

Earlier this year DoT announced it would review the program to confirm the ongoing need for the local production of nautical charts and provide a plan for the future which accounted for the changing needs of the State’s boating community.

DoT Coastal Infrastructure General Manager Steve Jenkins said almost 300 chart users had participated in a consultation process and there was overwhelming support for the continuation of the program.

“The feedback received also provided valuable information to assist decision making about short-term and long-term improvements that will dramatically increase access to the charts,” Mr Jenkins said.

DoT produces nautical charts for a large portion of the WA coastline and they’re available for free download to the public. The agency’s valuable data is also used by a number of chart plotter distributors under a licence agreement.

In response to the review DoT has made immediate improvements to its website to allow easier access to the free charts and provided tips for printing. In the longer term all of DoT’s 58 charts will be converted to an international format that will allow simple integration into chart plotter systems.

Mr Jenkins said the conversion of all DoT charts would be completed during the next two years giving DoT the option to adopt an online distribution service similar to one available in the United States giving users access to the most current information in a customised format and layout.

“The planned improvements will deliver charts in a universal digital format, boosting their application via free download or using retail products,” Mr Jenkins said.

“The consultation with key stakeholders and the boating community has provided valuable information and strong support for the retention of the chart program which is very pleasing for the dedicated team of skilled cartographers engaged in the work on a daily basis.”

DoT’s nautical charts are available on the Coastal data and charts section.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

19 Sep 2018
Old4New lifejackets

New safety hub for skippers at Perth International Boat Show

Skippers can access all they need to know to be safe this boating season at the new Maritime and Road Information Hub at this year's Perth International Boat Show.

Skippers can access all they need to know to be safe this boating season at the new Maritime and Road Information Hub at this year's Perth International Boat Show.

Coordinated by the Department of Transport (DoT), the new one-stop-shop at Elizabeth Quay includes key Government agencies and volunteer groups, making it easier for skippers to get the latest information and advice on boating safety.

DoT Manager Safety Education Laurie Adams said skippers would be able to get tips, technical information and advice on everything related to safe boating from trailer maintenance and fishing rules and regulations to interpreting weather forecasts and safety equipment requirements.

"We are showcasing in one location the significant resources available to the boating community and taking the opportunity to pass on knowledge and expertise to skippers to make their next day on the water a safer one," Mr Adams said.

DoT, Main Roads, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Western Australian Police, Bureau of Meteorology and Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia are part of the hub.

Mr Adams said skippers could also participate in DoT's very successful Old4New lifejacket upgrade program at the hub from 9am to 12 noon on all days of the boat show.

The Old4New program, delivered in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia, is an upgrade opportunity where old, damaged, obsolete or foam filled lifejackets can be replaced with a new modern more comfortable one for $65 or a voucher for use at a local retail outlet when purchasing a new lifejacket.

Voucher limits and restrictions are in place to ensure the benefits of the program apply to as many vessels as possible so people who want to participate should check the guidelines on the Lifejackets page.

"For many skippers, their next boat trip will be their first in months, so it's a timely opportunity to refresh their safety knowledge, get the latest advice, and have their questions answered in the one convenient location," Mr Adams said.

To get the latest boating safety information like MarineSafetyWA on Facebook or visit the Marine information section.

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

07 Sep 2018
Old4New lifejackets

Old4New lifejacket upgrades available at Esperance as part of boating safety push

Skippers in the Esperance region can participate in the successful Old4New lifejacket upgrade program next week as the Department of Transport (DoT) works to highlight the need to check safety gear before each trip.

Skippers in the Esperance region can participate in the successful Old4New lifejacket upgrade program next week as the Department of Transport (DoT) works to highlight the need to check safety gear before each trip.

DoT Manager Safety Education Laurie Adams said it was the responsibility of the skipper to ensure safety equipment was in good working order and readily accessible in an emergency when on the water.

"As part of the renewed focus on boating safety, next weekend DoT marine education and regional transport officers who patrol local waters will offer Old4New lifejacket upgrades and show people how to maintain the new generation inflatable lifejackets," Mr Adams said.

The Old4New program, delivered in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia, is an upgrade opportunity where old, damaged, obsolete or foam filled lifejackets can be exchanged for a voucher for use at a local retail outlet when purchasing a new lifejacket.

"It is a hugely successful program which has seen more than 2,000 unsafe lifejackets taken off boats in WA," Mr Adams said.

Voucher limits and restrictions are in place to ensure the benefits of the program apply to as many vessels as possible so people who want to participate should check the guidelines at transport.wa.gov.au/lifejackets

Mr Adams said skippers could also get updates and tips on safe boating from the officers on hand at the fun day.

"We will be telling skippers they should conduct a safety briefing before each trip so passengers know where the safety equipment is stowed and how to use it," Mr Adams said.

Old4New will be at the Esperance Emergency Services Fun Day at the Town Beach boat ramp on Sunday 16 September 2018 between 10am and 2pm. To get the latest information like MarineSafetyWA on Facebook or visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/marine-information

Media contact: media@transport.wa.gov.au

Alerts
17 Jan 2018
Temporary Notices to Mariners

Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)

Please use the following links to view TNTM for each region of Western Australia.

Please use the following links to view TNTM for each region of Western Australia.

Cancelled, withdrawn and expired TNTM are removed without notice.

Please also see navigational warnings.

29 Dec 2017
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Cyclone - Community information sheets

The Department of Transport is responsible for the provision of cyclone community information sheet for its maritime facilities located in cyclone prone areas.

The Department of Transport is responsible for the provision of cyclone community information sheet for its maritime facilities located in cyclone prone areas.

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19 Jul 2017
Scam watch

Payment receipt scam

Please be advised there is a scam currently active that alleges to be part of the DoT payment and receipt system.

Please be advised there is a scam currently active that alleges to be part of the DoT payment and receipt system.

Customers are advised that DoT payment receipts are issued instantly following an online payment and are only ever in PDF format, not Word. Customers are therefore advised to NOT OPEN any Word based attachments claiming to be from DoT.

If you have received such an email, please report it to Scam Watch.

 

 

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