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  Advice: Lifting Operations, Onslow Salt Wharf - Onslow

Mariners are advised of lifting operations being conducted by a construction barge ‘TAMS 9’ alongside the Onslow Salt Wharf from 09 September 2020 until 13 September 2020.

The construction barge will be attended 24hrs a day by the tug ‘Seahorse Quenda’.

Both vessels will be monitoring VHF channel 14/68.

All Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. 

Location: 21° 37.578 ’S, 115° 05.775 ’E

Chart reference: 

  • Start date: 09/09/2020 
  • End date: 13/09/2020
  • Issued: 10/09/2020

  Advice: Dredging works – Beadon Creek, Onslow

Mariners are advised that maintenance dredging works shall occur within Beadon Creek, Onslow from 02 September 2020 and have been extended until 11 September 2020.

Dredging shall occur between the hours of 0600hrs and 1800hrs.

The works are being carried out by a 32m backhoe dredger “Total Support” equipped with a 15m long boom. The dredge has no self-propulsion and uses spuds to maintain position and to move short distances.

Movement over longer distances shall be assisted by the “Pegasus” tug.

The “North” hopper barge shall also be used during the works.

To conduct these works, two (2) Navigational Aids will be removed for approximately 8-10 days.

Floating AtoN’s to be removed:

R08  S03
21° 38.709’ S  21° 38.679’ S
115° 07.905’ E  115° 07.940’ E

All vessels taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Before navigating past the dredge, mariners are requested to contact the operators who will be monitoring the following radio frequencies

• VHF Channel 69

Location: 21° 38.640 ’S, 115° 7.920 ’E

• Start date: 02/09/2020
• End date: 11/09/2020
• Updated: 09/09/2020
• Number: Not2020 - 82

 

  Advice: Temporary shutdown, Onslow Salt Jetty

Description: Mariners are advised that maintenance works are scheduled to be conducted on the Onslow Salt jetty from Tuesday 8 September to Tuesday 22 September 2020.

The end of jetty major light and the jetty walkway lights will be unlit during the above shutdown period. 

Location: 21° 37.603'S, 115° 5.816'E

Light characteristics: Mo(U) 15s 21M

All other navigation aids in the approach channel to the Onslow Salt Jetty will remain lit during the above shutdown.

Chart Reference: AU64 – Approaches to Port of Ashburton and Onslow

Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating in hours of darkness in the area during the above shutdown period.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Maritime, Department of Transport

  Advice: Hydrographic survey operations - Beadon Creek, Onslow

Description: Mariners are advised of the commencement of Hydrographic Survey Operations being conducted throughout Beadon Creek and approach channel (including swing basin). Works will be conducted daily during daylight operational hours only from Wednesday 26 August 2020 until 30 August 2020.

The Hydrographic Survey Operations will be carried out by the vessel “TAMS Passage”. Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channel 14 and 16. All vessels taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times. 

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

Location: 21° 38.468 ’S, 115° 8.063 ’E

Chart reference: Chart AUS 64 - Approaches to Port of Ashburton and Onslow

  • Start date: 26/08/2020 
  • End date: 30/8/2020
  • Issued: 25/08/2020

  Advice: Hydrographic survey and sweeping works, Cape Lambert

Description: Mariners are advised that hydrographic survey works are scheduled to take place in the following areas at Cape Lambert from Monday 24 August until Tuesday 8 September 2020:

  • Cape Lambert Main Channel (out to Charlie 1)
  • Outer South channel

Survey operations will be conducted 24/7 from survey vessel ‘Red Dog’ (21.4m x 5.0m).

Sweeping operations will be conducted 24/7 from vessel ‘Renegade’ (31.5x10m) which will have limited manoeuvrability during operations.

All vessels taking part in these works will display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Operators will monitor Marine VHF Channels 14 and 16 during these operations.

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

Chart reference: AUS Chart 55 – Approaches to Port Walcott

  • Start date: 24/08/2020.
  • End date: 08/09/2020.
  • Issued: 20/08/2020.
  • Number: 2020-76
     

  Advice: Navigational aid installations - Port of Onslow, Beadon Creek

Mariners are advised that new navigational aid installations have been conducted within Beadon Creek, Onslow at the following locations:

ID Marker number (Flash rate) Latitude/Longitude
1 G06 (FLG.3s) 21°.644108766'S, 115°.130928966'E
2 G07 (FLG.3s) 21°.644882651'S, 115°.131099805'E
3 G08 (FLG.3s) 21°.645386797'S, 115°.131114471'E
4 R08 (FL.R.3s) 21°.645182020'S, 115°.131756844'E
5 S03 (Q.Qk.Fl.Y) 21°. 644680188'S, 115°. 132400130'E
6 S02 (Q.Qk.Fl.Y) 21°. 644382411'S, 115°. 132412809'E
7 S01 (Q.Qk.Fl.Y) 21°. 643945781'S, 115°. 131993152'E

Chart reference: AUS 69

Mariners are advised to note these newly installed navigation aids and should exercise caution when transiting the area.

Capt. Steven Wenban
Harbour Master, Port of Onslow
Maritime Division
Department of Transport

  • Number: 2020-57

  Advice: OMSB development works Beadon Creek, Port of Onslow

Chart - AUS 64.

Mariners are advised that works associated with the OMSB development at Beadon Creek are nearing completion.

Declared depths at this time include (depths reduced from Chart Datum at Lowest Astronomical Tide):

Approach channel from seaward 5.10 m;

Swing basin 5.30 m with a diameter of 127.00 m;

OMSB land backed berth 7.10 m;

OMSB ‘Tug wharf’ (southern 30 m of land backed berth) 7.00 m;

LCT berth & approach 2.40m;

South of OMSB development precinct Beadon Creek channel depths remained unchanged with a declaration of 1.60m.  

Work is nearing completion and once fully complete a chart block for this waterway will be produced.

Vessels (by Class) that have a proved safety record in the Creek are permitted to maintain their usual operations. Vessels (by Class) that are larger, longer, beamier, deeper or have alternate operations to those vessels (above) will not be permitted to operate in the Creek until approved by the Department of Transport Project Director.

All Mariners operating in the Beadon Creek area should exercise caution when operating in the vicinity.

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Onslow, Maritime Division, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 20/08/2019.
  • End date: Until further notice
  • Issued: 11/03/2020.
  • Number: 2020-35

  Advice: Declared Depths, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

This Marine Notice supersedes Marine Notice 2017-94 dated 28 August 2017.

Mariners and port users are advised that recent survey data for the Port Walcott, Cape Lambert facility, berth pockets and approaches has resulted in the following depths being declared.

Chart references: AUS Charts 55, 56 and 740.

 

Facility Declared Depth (LAT)
CLA Berth Pocket 1 -19.2m
CLA Berth Pockets 2-4 -19.4m
CLB Berth Pockets 5-8 -20.0m
CLB Turning Basins -9.7m
CLB Approach/Departure Channel (excluding adjacent to CLB Berths 6 & 8) -15.5m
CLB Approach/Departure Channel adjacent to CLB Berths 6 & 8 -15.4m
CLA Approach/Departure Channel -15.6m
Outer South Channel -15.6m
Outer North Channel -15.6m
Departure Channel -15.6m

 

 

 

 

Figure 1: Declared Depths at Port Walcott, Cape Lambert.

All mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. Mariners and vessels not specifically contracted to perform marine operations for this work scope should keep clear of these facilities and associated marine operations and should exercise extreme caution in the vicinity of these operations within Port Walcott. In particular, the temporary exclusion bounded by the following coordinates should be avoided:

  • PT-1: 20° 34.4618'S, 117° 11.9673'E
  • PT-2: 20° 34.5081'S, 117° 12.0139'E
  • PT-3: 20° 34.6616'S, 117° 11.8597'E
  • PT-4: 20° 34.5956'S, 117° 11.7859'E

Capt. Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Maritime, Department of Transport.

  • Issued: 24/12/2019.
  • Number: 2019-160.

  Advice: Temporary marker, Bambra Pole - Offshore Barrow Island Vicinity

A temporary marker buoy has been installed within approximately 20 m of the Bambra Pole, offshore vicinity of Barrow Island. 

  • Location: 20º32.831’ S – 115º36.285’ E
  • Light: Mo(U) Y. 15s
  • Chart reference: Chart AUS 742 – Rosemary Island to Barrow Island

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

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

  • Start date: 17/04/2019
  • End date: until further notice
  • Issued: 17/04/2019
  • Number: 2019-58.

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Varanus Island

Port of Varanus Island

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 Varanus Island 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 Varanus Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018
  • Number: 2018-22

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

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 Walcott 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 Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-21

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Onslow

Port of Onslow

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 Onslow 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 Onslow, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-19

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

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 Cape Preston 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 Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-18.

  Advice: Compulsory pilotage requirements, Port of Barrow Island

Port of Barrow Island

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 Barrow Island 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 Barrow Island, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 08/02/2018.
  • End date:
  • Issued: 08/02/2018.
  • Number: 2018-17.

  Advice: Cape Preston wave buoy

Installation of DWR

Port of Cape Preston

A lit DWR (Directional Wave Rider buoy) and it’s associated mooring has been installed at the following locations in the Port of Cape Preston:

  • DWR: 20° 45.340’S, 116° 10.121’E (orange buoy)
  • Flash rate: Q (5) Y 20s.
  • Mooring (clump):  20° 45.371’S, 116° 10.161’E (yellow buoy + poly floats)
  • Flash rate: Q (5) Y 20s.
  • Chart Reference: Chart AUS 742 - Rosemary Island to Barrow Island

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting the area. Christopher R Mather, A/Manager, Navigational Safety, Marine Safety, Department of Transport.

  • Start date: 15/07/2016
  • End date: until further notice.
  • Issued: 15/07/2016.
  • Number: 2016-90.

  Advice: Port of Cape Preston, Transport Security Information

Port of Cape Preston

Mariners are advised that the Port of Cape Preston is a security regulated Port under Australian Commonwealth Legislation.

All mariners are advised that pursuant with the approved security arrangements of the port it is an offence to approach within 50 metres of the breakwater or any port infrastructure. Also, it is an offence to approach a ship at anchor within the port of Cape Preston.

Mariners are advised that pursuant to the Direction given by the Harbour Master, commercial vessel(s) of any size that are not contracted to perform marine operations in the port should not transit through the port.

Recreational vessels should exercise extreme caution when in the area, and keep well clear of the port facilities and associated marine operations.

Chart Reference: AUS Chart 68 - Approaches to Cape Preston

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Issued: 21/06/2016.
  • Number: 2016-65.

  Advice: Declared depths, Port Walcott

Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that the Cape Lambert Alpha and Bravo facilities at Port Walcott have recently undergone a hydrographic survey of the seabed in the vicinity of the berth approaches, swing basin and south western end of the shipping channel. This survey has indicated some isolated areas that may be slightly shallower than the declared depth of 15.6 metres.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when manoeuvring loaded vessels in this vicinity and should seek the advice from the Port Operator and Marine Pilots on duty with regards to appropriate passage planning and pilotage requirements to ensure adequate under keel clearances.

  • Charts Affected: AUS Charts 55, 56, 740 and 741

Authorised by: Captain Steven Wenban, Harbour Master, Port Walcott, Marine Safety Department of Transport.

  • Issued: 05/10/2015.
  • Number: 2015-141.

  Advice: Monitoring stations, Port of Cape Preston

Port of Cape Preston

This notice replaces Notice 2011-154 published in the Pilbara News 25.01.2011. Mariners are advised that four (4) Water Quality Loggers have been deployed at the following locations and will remain until further notice.

Each of the above loggers consist of a package of seabed instruments with a lit yellow surface telemetry buoy approximately 1.3 metres in height. These will be deployed in the below positions; As plotted on AUS Chart 742, Datum WGS 1984, printed 10/11/2008.

  • Please refer to the table below.

Flash Rate: Fl Y 5s 2M.

No vessel is to moor to or interfere with the above loggers at any time. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when transiting in the area and keep well clear of the above monitoring buoys at all times.

Authorised by: Captain Mark Gooderham, Harbour Master, Port of Cape Preston.

  • Start date: 14/06/2013.
  • End date: Until further notice.
  • Issued: June 2013.
  • Number: 2013-82.
Reference Latitude Longitude
1 20° 49.226' S 116° 11.375' E
2 20° 49.203' S 116° 11.420' E
3 20° 49.213' S 116° 11.271' E
4 20° 49.215' S 116° 12.168' E

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