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  Advice: Navigational aids, Channel Rock leads, Entrance Point - Broome

This notice is to advise mariners of the purpose of the Channel Rock Leads, as shown on Chart AUS 51, located at Entrance Point boat ramp Broome.

These Navigational Aids, signifying a chart bearing of 303.5 degrees, are to indicate the seaward extremity of Channel Rock, for the purpose of vessel navigation when entering and departing the Broome inner harbour.

It is important to note that these leads are not to be used as a safe track to and from the Entrance Point boat ramp area as they may bring you onto rocks at low water between the deep-water channel and the beach.

Chart Reference: AUS 51 Broome

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

  • Start date: 18/05/2019.
  • End date: TFN
  • Issued: 18/05/2019.
  • Number: 2020 - 54

  Advice: Comber Rock East Cardinal Buoy

Mariners are advised that an East Cardinal Buoy has been permanently installed at Comber Rock at the following location:

  • Location: 16 6.419'S, 123 39.657'E

The existing isolated danger beacon has been decommissioned and is no longer in place.

  • Chart reference: AUS 40 - Yampi Sound

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting Parakeet Channel or the adjacent area.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Yampi Sound, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 09/05/2019.
  • End date: Permanent.
  • Issued: 09/05/2019.
  • Number: 2019-65.

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Yampi Sound

Port of Yampi Sound

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 Yampi Sound 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 Yampi Sound, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018
  • Number: 2018-16.

  Advice: Restricted access, Koolan Island mine site

Koolan Island mine site

Mariners are advised that access to the Koolan Island mine site is restricted due to navigation and marine safety dangers.

  • Location: 16 8.05's, 123 44.03'e.
  • Chart Reference: Chart AUS40.

For further details please contact Mt Gibson Iron on mobile: 0434 738 012.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in the area and are requested to keep a minimum of 500 metres away from the area.

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port Yampi Sound.

  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 17/03/2015.
  • Number: 2015-60.

  Advice: Navigational hazard mooring buoy, Cockatoo Island, Port of Yampi Sound

Port of Yampi Sound, Cockatoo Island

Mariners are advised that a mooring buoy has been installed in Cockatoo Island at the following location and will remain in place until further notice. As plotted on AUS Chart 41, Datum WGS84, Printed 24 October 2008.

  • Latitude: 16 6.04'S Longitude: 123 36.618'E.

The buoy replaced the previous Dolphin 1A at Cockatoo wharf. The anchor blocks of the buoy are set on shore and the mooring buoy is marked with two flotation buoys.

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

Authorised by: Captain Mark Gooderham, Harbour Master, Port Yampi Sound.

  • Start date: 05/12/2013.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: 12/02/2014.
  • Number: 2014-52.

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