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  Advice: Installation of tide gauges, offshore Lacepede Islands Vicinity

Mariners are advised that five (5) tide gauges are scheduled to be deployed on the seabed in the offshore Lacepede Islands vicinity from around 14 May 2021 to 30 September 2021 at the following locations:

  • 16 48.6S, 122 07.0E (Lacepede Islands West Island).
  • 16 49.40S, 122 13.70E (Lacepede Islands West Island).
  • 16 56.29S, 122 15.21E (Lacepede Channel).
  • 16 51.4S, 122 27.2E (South Head).
  • 17 01.0S, 122 17.0E (Red Bluff).
  • 17 05.5S, 122 12.3E (Cape Baskerville).
  • 17 22.2S, 122 05.3E (Coulomb Point).

The above tide gauges will be mounted on seabed frames (specs: 1m x 0.5m) and protrude approximately 2m from the seabed.

A GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) buoy will also be deployed at each tide gauge position as required during this deployment. The GNSS buoys are unlit, predominantly yellow in colour (with clear perspex dome on top), approximately 0.5m wide and 0.8m in height. 

  • Recovery date (provisional): 30 September 2021.
  • Chart Reference: Aus 323 Adele Island to Lacepede Islands including King Sound.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the above area and keep well clear of the above monitoring stations at all times. 

  • Start date: 14/05/2021.
  • End date: 30/09/2021.
  • Issued: 25/05/2021.
  • Number: 2021-74.

  Advice: Installation of Directional Wave Buoys, Rowley Shoals Marine Park

Mariners are advised that two (2) Directional Wave Rider buoys (DWR) have been deployed in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park vicinity around 09 March 2021 at the following locations:

  • 17 17.55414S, 119 21.97770E
  • 17 18.05046S, 119 18.74394E

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: 30 June 2022
  • Location 1: 17 17.55414S, 119 21.97770E
  • Location 2: 17 18.05046S, 119 18.74394E
  • Chart Reference: Aus 325 Australia North West Coast Western Australia Rowley Shoals to Bedout Islet

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: 09/03/2021
  • End date: 30/06/2022
  • Issued: 15/03/2021.
  • Number: 2021 - 39

  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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