Gascoyne notices

View navigational warnings, event notices and Temporary Notices To Mariners for the Gascoyne region.

 Advice:  Installation of Acoustic Receivers, Shark Bay – Australian National University

Mariners are advised that 15 Sub-Surface Acoustic Receivers are scheduled to be deployed in the location of Shark Bay in June 2024 at each of the following locations:

25°37.52652'S , 113°36.67902'E
25°36.93462'S , 113°36.67902'E
25°36.40194'S , 113°36.67902'E
25°35.75076'S , 113°36.67902'E
25°35.29692'S , 113°36.67902'E
25°34.87260'S , 113°36.67902'E
25°36.70098'S , 113°37.33830'E
25°36.15834'S , 113°37.33830'E
25°35.70450'S , 113°37.33830'E
25°37.48026'S , 113°38.14782'E
25°36.91800'S , 113°38.14782'E
25°36.39516'S , 113°38.14782'E
25°35.75100'S , 113°38.14782'E
25°35.29032'S , 113°38.14782'E
25°34.89564'S , 113°38.14782'E

The above acoustic receivers are sub-surface and will have at least 5m clearance to surface at LAT.

Recovery date: June 2025

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and keep well clear of the above acoustic receivers.
Chart reference: AUS331 - Point Quobba to Pepper Point
Location: -25: 35.7045'S  -113: 37.3383'E
Start date: 20/05/2024
End date: 01/06/2025
Issued: 20/05/2024
Notice number: 6063

 Advice:  Carnarvon Fascine Navigational Beacons

Mariners are advised that new navigational aids have recently been installed at the Fascine in Carnarvon however the channel is moving and causing some of these AtoN to fail. Until this is rectified, please navigate with extreme caution.
Chart reference: WA982 - Carnarvon
Location: -24:54.1799'S  113:38.5797'E
Start date: 16/05/2024
Issued: 16/05/2024
Notice number: 6062

 Warning:  Cranarvon Fascine Starboard Beacon No. 4597 missing - offstation

Mariners are advised that the Faciane Starboard Beacon No. 3 is currently missing and to use caution when navigating the channel.
Chart reference: WA982 - Carnarvon
Location: -24:54.3014'S  113:38.602'E
Start date: 16/05/2024
Issued: 16/05/2024
Notice number: 6061

 Advice:  Scheduled Maintenance Dredging Works, Exmouth Boat Harbour, Exmouth

Description: Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works at the entrance to the Exmouth Boat Harbour will commence 1st May 2024 and will proceed until approximately late July 2024.

Dredging will mainly occur Monday to Sunday between the hours of 0700 and 1900hrs, with provision to take place during hours of darkness, if required.

The works are being carried out by the 18m cutter suction dredge “Ironheart”, equipped with 50m of floating line behind the dredge, and up to 0.8km of submerged pipeline. The pipeline will be marked with orange buoys, displaying rhythmic flashing lights along its’ length. The dredge and connected pipeline will remain in operation, unmanned, after normal operating hours for the duration of the works.

The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses anchors to move. Dredge anchors are also marked with buoys and displaying rhythmic flashing lights. Multiple steel wire ropes may be running above and below the waterline from the dredge during operations, partially obstructing the channel.

The dredge will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 16. Mariners can contact Project supervisors, Jordan Graham on 0432 226 276 or Al Carne on 0416 765 531.

Material being dredged from the Boat Harbour will be placed on land south of the yacht club on Town Beach. Public are asked to avoid accessing this section of the beach for the duration of the works.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting inside and at the entrance of the Exmouth Boat Harbour during the above operations.
Chart reference: WA900 - Exmouth
Location: -21: 57.43152'S  114: 8.57008'E
Start date: 01/05/2024
End date: 31/07/2024
Issued: 07/05/2024
Notice number: 6052

 Warning:  Carnarvon Fascine Starboard Beacon missing-offstation

Mariners are advised that the Fascine channel Starboard Beacon No. 4598 is missing, please navigate with caution.
Chart reference: WA982 - Carnarvon
Location: -24:54.1705'S  113:38.5769'E
Start date: 06/05/2024
Issued: 06/05/2024
Notice number: 6051

 Warning:  Carnarvon Rear Lead reported to be Unlit

Mariners are advised that when entering Carnarvon Teggs Channel at night the rear lead of the outer channel is currently Unlit. Please navigate with caution.
Chart reference: WA982 - Carnarvon
Location: -24:54.1811'S  113:38.3872'E
Start date: 13/10/2023
Issued: 13/10/2023
Notice number: 5843

 Warning:  Norwegian Bay Rear Lead obscured

Mariners are advised that the rear lead into Norwegian Bay, on the Ningaloo Coast, is buried and obscured from view. Only the front lead is visible at this time.
Please navigate with caution if you are entering the Bay.
Alternative anchorages are Coral Bay to the south or Tantabiddi to the north.
Chart reference: AUS745 - North West Cape to Point Maud
Location: -22:37.3583'S  113:40.3176'E
Start date: 13/09/2023
Issued: 13/09/2023
Notice number: 5805

 Advice:  Installation of Directional Wave Rider Buoy – Coral Bay, Offshore

Mariners are advised that one (1) Directional Wave Rider Buoy will be deployed 1.8NM east-southeast of the Coral Bay Town between 30/06/2023 and 6/06/2024. The buoy will be lit with a yellow light flashing 2.5s at the following location:
Chart reference: WA1108 - Coral Bay
Location: -23: 08.577'S  113: 44.238'E
Start date: 30/06/2023
End date: 06/06/2024
Issued: 05/07/2023
Notice number: 5739

 Advice:  Installation of 1 x Oceanographic Data Collection Instrument - Coral Bay

Mariners are advised that a subsurface instrument will be deployed off Coral Bay on the 01 May 2023 with a recovery date of 31 May 2024.

The oceanographic instrument protrudes 300mm from the seabed (Clearance height at LAT will be approximately 2.2m).

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.

Location: 23° 9.402’ S, 113°45.864’ E,
Chart reference: WA1108 - Coral Bay
Location: -23: 09.402'S  113: 45.864'E
Start date: 01/05/2023
End date: 31/05/2024
Issued: 21/03/2023
Notice number: 5681

 Advice:  Installation of 6x Acoustic Receivers, Tantabiddi

Mariners are advised that six acoustic receivers (30cm in length) will be deployed in the Tantabiddi vicinity as follows.

Three of the receivers will be deployed on an orange surface float, approximately 30cm in diameter with reflective tape.
Their locations are as follows:

21° 55.364'S, 113° 58.06'E
21° 56.208'S, 113° 57.728'E
21° 56.934'S, 113° 56.802'E

Two of the recievers will be deployed on the lines of existing DBCA (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) moorings.
Their locations are as follows:

21° 54.774'S, 113° 58.452'E
21° 54.906'S, 113° 57.669'E

One reciever will be deployed on a star picket on the sea floor, which protrudes approxiamtely 40cm above the seabed.
It will be located as follows:
21° 56.016'S, 113° 56.69'E

Depolyment date:12/12/2022
Recovery date: 12/12/2023

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area
Chart reference: AUS745 - North West Cape to Point Maud
Location: -21: 55.364'S  113: 58.060'E
Start date: 12/12/2022
End date: 12/12/2025
Issued: 22/12/2022
Notice number: 5500

 Advice:  Advice - Deployment of 5 Subsurface Instruments - Exmouth Gulf - Bundegi Vicinity

Mariners are advised that five subsurface environmental monitoring devices have been deployed at Exmouth Gulf, within the Ningaloo Marine Park, Bundegi vicinity at the following locations:

- 21° 50.004'S, 114° 10.692'E
- 21° 49.825'S, 114° 10.577'E
- 21° 50.789'S, 114° 10.332'E
- 21° 50.967'S, 114° 10.076E
- 21° 51.956'S, 114° 9.411'E


Chartered Water depths (LAT) have been reduced by 0.3m.
No Vessel is to interfere with the above instruments at anytime.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area.
Chart reference: WA900 - Exmouth
Location: -21: 51.273'S  114: 09.887'E
Start date: 16/12/2022
End date: 01/09/2024
Issued: 21/12/2022
Notice number: 5499

 Warning:  Five Finger Reef interaction with Swimmers Snorkelers Coral Bay

High levels of swimming and snorkelling occur in the area surrounding Five Finger Reef.

Mariners are advised to traverse with caution.
Chart reference: WA1108 - Coral Bay
Location: -23: 10.7063'S  113: 45.6721'E
Start date: 25/11/2022
Issued: 25/11/2022
Notice number: 5458

 Advice:  Deployment of Directional Wave Buoy – Offshore Tantabiddi Vicinity

Mariners are advised that a Directional Wave Buoy (DWR) has been deployed around 22 November 2023 in the Ningaloo Marine Park, approximately 5km offshore from Tantabiddi at the following location:

Location: 21° 54.118'S, 113° 55.951'E

The above DWR is yellow in colour, approx. 0.42m in diameter and equipped with flashing yellow light

Flash rate: Fl Y 2.5s

Provisional recovery date: 22/11/2024

No vessel is to moor to, or interfere with, the above DWR.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above DWR
Chart reference: WA900 - Exmouth
Location: -21: 54.118'S  113: 55.951'E
Start date: 22/11/2023
End date: 22/11/2024
Issued: 21/06/2022
Notice number: 1666

 Advice:  Installation of Directional Wave Buoy Bundegi Vicinity Ningaloo National Park

Mariners are advised that one (1) new wave buoy has been deployed approximately six (6) nautical miles off Bundegi, within the Ningaloo Marine Park.

The buoy will be lit with a yellow light flashing 2.5s at the following location

Location 21° 52.146’S 114° 12.225’E

All coordinates in GDA 94.
Chart reference: WA900 - Exmouth
Location: -21: 52.146'S  114: 12.225'E
Start date: 16/03/2022
End date: 30/04/2026
Issued: 16/03/2022
Notice number: 792

 Advice:  Drifting jetty timbers, Norwest Whaling Jetty, Carnarvon

Mariners are advised that jetty debris from the Carnarvon Norwest Whaling Jetty (including large timber pylons) may be adrift within the vicinity. The jetty is located adjacent to Binning Road at the following coordinates (approx. 1 km south of the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty).

Mariners are to navigate with caution when transiting the area.
Chart reference: WA982 - Carnarvon
Location: -24: 52.983'S  113: 37.867'E
Start date: 11/02/2015
Issued: 11/02/2015
Notice number: 2015-37

 Advice:  Deployment of six subsurface acoustic receivers – Exmouth Gulf

Mariners are advised that six sub surface acoustic receivers will be deployed late September 2021 at Exmouth Gulf at the following locations:

22° 18.9600 S, 114° 7.1400 E Bay of Rest (inner)
22° 18.9600 S, 114° 7.8000 E Bay of Rest (inner)
22° 15.7200 S, 114° 8.3400 E Heron Point

Each of the above receivers is attached to an anchored structure protruding approximately 0.70 metres from the seabed.

22° 17.4600 S, 114° 7.9200 E Bay of Rest (outer)
22° 16.9200 S, 114° 7.6800 E Bay of Rest (outer)
22° 17.6400 S, 114° 9.4200 E Bay of Rest (outer)

Each of the above receivers is attached to a subsurface rope and equipped with a yellow surface float.

Recovery date: 30/06/2023

Mariners are advised to navigate with Caution when transiting the area
Chart reference: AUS744 - Exmouth Gulf and Approaches
Location: -22: 16.922'S  114: 7.652'E
Start date: 23/09/2021
End date: 30/06/2024
Issued: 24/09/2021
Notice number: 2021-135

 Advice:  Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Carnarvon

Vessel masters are reminded that all vessels wishing to transit or operate within the port limit which either:

Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
Are engaged in towing operations where the total length of the tow (measured from the bow of the towing vessel to the stern of the towed vessel) is 35 metres or greater.
Are required to engage the services of a suitably licensed marine pilot or the vessel Master must be the holder of a current Port of Carnarvon 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.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Carnarvon, Marine Safety Department of Transport.
Chart reference: WA982 - Carnarvon
Location: -25: 16.0703'S  113: 27.8355'E
Start date: 02/08/2018
Issued: 02/08/2018
Page last updated: Tue Feb 15 2022 10:26:01 AM