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Advice: Removal and decommission of the Fascine Leads
The Carnarvon Fascine Leads (day markers) located on the western side of the Pelican Point sand bar are to be removed and not replaced at this location. These unlit AtoN's have become displaced by the reformed sand bar and are not to be used for navigation.
- 1562 Rear Lead - 24° 54.071'S, 113° 38.376'E
- 1563 Front Lead - 24° 54.046'S, 113° 38.403'E
Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA 982 – Carnarvon
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:
22.316°S 114.119°E Bay of Rest (inner)
-22.316°S 114.130°E Bay of Rest (inner)
-22.262°S 114.139°E Heron Point
Each of the above receivers is attached to an anchored structure protruding approximately 0.70 metres from the seabed.
-22.291°S 114.132°E Bay of Rest (outer)
-22.282°S 114.128°E Bay of Rest (outer)
-22.294°S 114.157°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: October 2022
Chart reference: Aus 744– Exmouth Gulf and Approaches
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area
- Start date: Late September 2021
- End date: October 2022
- Issued: 24/09/2021
- Amended: 08/10/2021
- Number: 2021-135
Advice: Water Quality monitoring instruments installed – Exmouth
Mariners are advised of the installation of two (2) Water Quality (WQ) sub surface monitoring instruments are being deployed off Exmouth on 28 August 2021 until 30 March 2022.
The instruments are secured to the seabed and protruding approximately 1m from the seabed.
WQ1 Instrument location: 22° 1.30967’, 114° 7.31117’ will be indicated on the surface with a lit yellow spar buoy. The depth is approximately 3.5m LAT.
All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the WQ instruments.
- WQ Site 1: 22° 1.30967’, 114° 7.31117’ (consolidated sandy bottom) ~3.5m LAT
- WQ Site 2: 22° 1.77117’, 114° 7.80883’ (consolidated sandy bottom) ~9m LAT
Recovery date: 30 March 2022.
Chart reference: DoT Chart Aus745 – Exmouth and AUS Chart 328 – Montebello Islands to North West Cape.
- Start date: 28/08/2021
- End date: 30/03/2022
- Issued: 11/08/2021
- 2021 – 106
Warning: Siltation at Tantabiddi Boat Ramp
Mariners are advised that due to recent rain events, runoff through Tantabiddi Creek has created a sandbank that bulges out from the creek and extends approximately 250 m seaward. Waters directly seaward and south of the boat ramp are obstructed with a drying sand bank.
The northern end of the boat ramp may still be functional however mariners are advised to navigate in this area with extreme caution.
Location: 21° 54.71350' S, 113° 58.69038' E
Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart WA900 – Exmouth
Warning: Floating debris and falling hazards, Carnarvon – Temporary 8 knot speed restricted area, One Mile Jetty closed to all vessels and swimming
Due to Cyclone Seroja, the Carnarvon one mile jetty has been extensively damaged. Jetty debris, including clumped sections of the jetty deck and large timber pylons may be adrift in the vicinity, including at the entrance to the Fascine and Teggs Channel. Approximately 250m of the jetty structure has washed away and is expected to deteriorate and break up further. Navigational aids may also be damaged, off-station, missing and/or unlit.
- Location: 24° 52.873'S, 113° 36.997'E
- Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart 982 – Carnarvon
Mariners are advised that a temporary 8 knot speed restriction is now in place and the waters surrounding the One Mile Jetty are closed to all vessels and swimming activities until further notice.
Timbers and semi submerged obstructions may have dispersed from Carnarvon and drifted throughout the entire Shark Bay area - Please travel at a safe speed and navigate with extreme caution.
Advice: Installation of Directional Wave and Smart Buoy, Offshore Shark Bay Vicinity
Mariners are advised that one (1) Directional Wave Rider buoy (DWR) has been deployed in the offshore Shark Bay vicinity in early March 2021 at the following location:
- 25° 25.20600’S, 113° 7.81200’E
The above buoy is predominantly yellow in colour (with black solar panels), approximately 0.42m in diameter and equipped with flashing yellow light (flash rate: Fl Y 2.5s)
- Recovery date: July 2021
- Location: 25° 25.20600’S, 113° 7.81200’E
- Chart Reference: Aus 331– Australia – West Coast – Western Australia – Point Quobba to Pepper Point
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the above area and keep well clear of the above DWR at all times.
- Start date: 01/03/2021
- End date: 30/09/2021
- Issued: 15/03/2021
- Number: 2021 - 38
Advice: Deployment of two directional wave rider buoys - Tantabiddi and Exmouth Gulf
Mariners are advised that two (2) DWRs (Directional Wave Rider buoys) have been deployed at Tantabiddi and Exmouth Gulf in early November 2020 at the following locations:
- Tantabiddi: 21° 53.730'S, 113° 55.590'E
Both of the above buoys are predominantly yellow in colour (with black solar panels), approximately 0.42m in diameter and equipped with flashing yellow light (flash rate: Fl Y 2.5s).
Recovery date: 26 October 2021
No vessel is to moor to, or interfere with, the above buoys at any time.
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the above areas and keep well clear of the above DWRs at all times.
Location: 21° 50.139'S, 114° 16.784'E
Chart reference: AUS Chart 328 – Montebello Islands to North West Cape
- Start date: early November 2020.
- End date: 26/10/2021.
- Issued: 10/11/2020.
- Number: 2020-98.
- Amended: 29/07/2021
Advice: Acoustic Wave and Current instrument – Carnarvon
Mariners are advised of the installation of an Acoustic Wave and Current (AWAC) instrument that has been deployed off Carnarvon on 8 September 2020 with a provisional recovery date of mid to late 2022.
The AWAC protrudes approx. 0.5m from the seabed (water depth is approximately 4 metres).
All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.
- Location: 24° 54.55 ’S, 113° 37.50 ’E.
- Chart reference: DoT Chart WA982 - Carnarvon.
- Start date: 08 September 2020.
- End date: 30/06/2022.
- Issued: 10/09/2020.
Warning: Navigate with caution; Shallow water and shifting sand bars - Carnarvon Facsine
Mariners are advised that a large shifting sandbar has encroached upon the Fascine waterway, south of the boat ramp channel.
Shallow waters and shifting sand bars are reducing depths and severely restricting navigation throughout the fascine. Navigational aids should be used with caution as shifting sands may reduce navigable waters throughout.
Mariners are advised that ocean access may not be possible if launching from the Fascine boat ramp at low tides. The Carnarvon Boat Harbour boat ramp is open to provide an alternative option for launching vessels via Teggs Channel.
Chart Reference: DoT chart WA 982
- Start date: 16/11/2021.
- End date: UFN.
- Issued: 16/11/2021
Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Carnarvon
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Start date: 08/02/2018.
- End date:
- Issued: 08/02/2018.
- Number: 2018-23.
Advice: Drifting jetty timbers, Norwest Whaling Jetty, Carnarvon
Drifting jetty timbers
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).
- Latitude: 24° 52.983's, Longitude: 113° 37.867'e.
- Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA982 - Carnarvon.
Mariners are to navigate with caution when transiting the area.
Authorised by: Mark Briant Manager, Navigational Safety Marine Safety Department of Transport.
- Issued: 11/02/2015.
- Number: 2015-37.