Gascoyne TNTM

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  Notice 2019-104: Sand movement, Carnarvon Fascine

Mariners are advised that a large sandbar has encroached upon the Carnarvon Fascine navigational channel entrance. The sandbar extends in an easterly direction from the entrance port beacons and can vary in size and position across the channel's entrance reducing depths and severely restricting navigation.

Navigation aids in this vicinity do not indicate a navigable channel and are not to be relied upon for navigation.

Any attempt to navigate a vessel through this area is done so at the risk of the vessel operator.

Mariners are advised that ocean access may not be possible if launching from the Fascine boat ramp. The Carnarvon Boat Harbour boat ramp is open to provide an alternative option for launching vessels.

Mark Briant
Manager, Navigational Safety and Moorings
Marine Safety
Department of Transport

  Notice 2019-88: Tantabiddi directional wave rider (DWR) buoy

Offshore Tantabiddi vicinity

Mariners are advised that a directional wave rider (DWR) buoy has been deployed at Exmouth, approximately three nautical miles west of the Tantabiddi boat ramp.

  • Location: 21 53.624'S,113 55.715'E

The DWR buoy is orange in colour, approximately 0.7 m in diameter and equipped with a flashing yellow light.

  • Flash rate: Fl(5) Y 20s
  • Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart WA900 - Exmouth
  • Recovery date: 07/08/2020

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

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above DWR above.

Mark Briant, Manager, Navigational Safety and Moorings, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 07/08/2019
  • End date: 07/08/2020
  • Issued: 09/08/2019

  Notice 2019-87: Babbage Island Lighthouse, Carnarvon Temporarily lit

Babbage Island, Carnarvon

Mariners are advised that the Babbage Island light located approximately 4 km north of the Carnarvon Marina has been fitted with a temporary light at approximately 20 m high, with flash characteristics of white five seconds.

  • Location: 24 52.563'S, 113 37.872'E 
  • Chart reference: WA982 and AUS 331

It is planned to replace the light and light tower with a permanent structure in the near future. Mariners will be advised suitably when works are completed.

Mark Beal, Navigational Aids Coordinator, Marine Safety, Department of Transport

  Notice 2019-69: Shallowing - Western End of Teggs Channel

Western End of Teggs Channel, Carnarvon

Mariners are advised that at the Western end of Teggs Channel shallowing is occurring on the south side of the channel adjacent to the first starboard mark (Teggs Channel 1; ID 169).

  • Location: 24 54.355'S, 113 37.918'E

Western End of Teggs Channel map

  • Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA982 Carnarvon

Mark Briant, Manager, Navigational Safety and Moorings, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date: Until further notice
  • Issued: 22/05/2019

  Notice 2019-18: Deployment of temporary South Cardinal marker buoy, entrance to Tegg's Channel, Carnarvon

Tegg's Channel, Carnarvon

Mariners are advised that a temporary south cardinal marker buoy has been deployed near the entrance to Tegg's Channel to replace the fallen beacon.

  • Location: 24 54.389'S, 113 37.713'E.
  • Flash rate: Q6+LFl 15s 3M.

Chart reference: Department of Transport Chart WA982 - Carnarvon.

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

Mark Beal, Navigational Aids Coordinator, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 17/01/2019.
  • Issued: 17/01/2019.

  Notice 2019-16: Teggs Channel temporary starboard marker buoy

Tegg's Channel, Carnarvon

Mariners are advised that a temporary starboard marker buoy has been deployed in Tegg's Channel until further notice at the following location:

  • Location: 24 54.430'S, 113 38.117'E
  • Flash rate: Fl G 3s

Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA982 - Carnarvon

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area

Mark Beal, Navigational Aids Coordinator, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 14/01/2019.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 14/01/2019.

  Notice 2018-107: Carnarvon Fascine, maintenance dredging works

Carnarvon Fascine channel

Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works at the Carnarvon Fascine Channel will commence in early August 2018 and will proceed until further notice.

  • Dredging will mainly occur Monday to Saturday between the hours of 0600 and 1800 hours.

The works are being carried out by the 21 metre cutter suction dredge 'Community Spirit', equipped with a floating pipeline up to 700 metres in length marked with orange and yellow buoys which will display rhythmic flashing lights and/or reflective markers. The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses anchors and spuds to move. The dredge and connected pipeline will remain in the area of operation after normal operating hours for the duration of the works.

The dredge will exhibit shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of collisions at Sea Regulations 1983.

Before transiting the area, mariners are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring the following radio frequency:

  • VHF Channel 16.

Mariner are reminded that a large sandbar has encroached the Carnarvon Fascine restricting navigation and that navigation aids in the area should not be relied upon for safe navigation. For further information refer to;

  • Notice 2017-86: Sand movement, Carnarvon Fascine

Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above operations.

Authorised by: Mark Briant Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: Early August 2018.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 02/08/2018.

  Notice 2018-23: 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:

  1. Have a LOA of 35 meters or greater; or
  2. 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.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.

  Notice 2016-74: Unlit sunken Denham barge

South east of the Denham jetty

Mariners are advised that a barge has sunk approximately 1.4 km to the south east of the Denham jetty, approximately 130 metres from the shore.

Chart Reference: Department of Transport Chart WA661 - Shark Bay

The above barge is unlit and submerged at high tide.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area and keep well clear of the above sunken barge.

Authorised by: Mark Beal A/Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 13/07/2016.
  • End date: UFN
  • Issued: 13/07/2016.

  Notice 2015-37: 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.

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