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  Advice: Hydrographic survey, maintenance dredging and sweeping works - Cape Lambert, Port Walcott

Mariners are advised that hydrographic survey, dredging and sweeping works are scheduled to take place in the following areas at Cape Lambert from approximately Tuesday 10 August until Saturday 2 October 2021.

  • Main channel
  • Outer south channel (survey only)
  • CLA Berths 1&3
  • CLA Berths 2&4
  • CLB Berths 5&7
  • CLB Berths 6&8
  • Swing basins
  • CLA & CLB Departure Channels (out to Beacon 28)
  • Spoil Grounds

Chart reference: AUS Chart 55 – Approaches to Port Walcott

Operations will be conducted 24/7 from survey vessel ‘Pure Adrenalin and PHS Zephyr. Surveys will commence from 10 August 2021.

Dredging works are anticipated to commence early September and last for a period of approximately 2 weeks. Dredging works will be undertaken by Jan De Nul on the Trailer Suction Hopper Dredge vessel ‘Juan Sebastian de Elcano’.

Sweeping works will be undertaken by Bhagwan Marine on vessel ‘Bhagwan Renegade’.

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.

  Advice: Diving Operations, Offshore Platforms, Onslow and Ashburton Ports - 'TAMS Annmarie' and 'TAMS Lonestar'

Mariners are advised that vessel operations for Diving Maintenance in the vicinity of Offshore Platforms and Locations near Thevenard Island are scheduled to take place from 31 July 2021 to 30 August 2021 at the following locations:

Name  Latitude (GDA94) Longitude (GDA94) Jurisdiction
Thevenard Island Southern Shore Crossings / Jetty 21° 27.824’  S 115° 01.213’  E Port of Onslow
Roller A Monopod 21º 38.476’  S 114º 54.415’  E     State waters
Roller B monopod 21º 38.173’  S 114º 55.430’  E State waters
Roller C monopod 21º 36.939’  S 114º 56.552’  E State waters
Skate monopod 21º 35.820’  S 114º 58.809’  E Port of Ashburton
Yammaderry Monopod 21° 29.368’  S 114° 59.413’  E Port of Onslow
Cowle monopod 21° 31.333’  S 114° 58.179’  E Port of Ashburton
Saladin A Tripod 21° 26.415’  S 115° 03.244’  E Port of Onslow
Saladin B Tripod 21° 26.740’  S 115° 02.442’  E Port of Onslow
Saladin C Tripod 21° 28.766’  S 115° 00.495’  E     Port of Onslow
Saladin Tanker Loading Line Tug Mooring 21° 24.205’  S 115° 02.835’   Port of Onslow

Chart Reference: 

  • AUS 64 – Approaches to Onslow
  • AUS 743 – Barrow Island to Onslow

The above activities will take place from the vessel “TAMS Annmarie” (LOA: 21.6 metres) with support from the vessel “TAMS Lonestar” (LOA: 10.6m). Operators will monitor Marine VHF channels 14 and 16 during operating hours.

“TAMS Annmarie” and “TAMS Lonestar” will be stationed in the vicinity of the Thevenard Offshore locations listed in the table above undertaking commercial diving operations. 

“TAMS Annmarie” and “TAMS Lonestar” may remain in the field overnight. All vessels taking part in these works will keep watch, display shapes and lights in accordance with the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Regulations 1983 at all times.

Diving maintenance activities will be undertaken in daylight hours only. The vessels will only provide accommodation during the night.

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  Advice: Wharf extension works, Lot 13 wharf, Onslow Marine Support Base (OMSB), Beadon Creek

Mariners are advised that wharf extension works, including sheet piling operations, are scheduled to take place on the Lot 13 wharf at the Onslow Marine Support Base (OMSB) from Friday 23 July 2021 to approximately Friday 15 October 2021.

On water sheet piling operations will be conducted 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week by Self Elevating Platform ‘Margaret’ (24.4m x 18.3m) and Multicat ‘Beadon Creek’ (15.5m x 6m). 

The works area will be marked by yellow buoys, approximately 1m in height and equipped with flashing yellow lights.

For the duration of the works the Starboard Buoy #4359 will be temporarily removed. The work area will be marked with yellow buoys.

‘Margaret’ will remain in situ outside of operating hours.

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 Channel 16 during operating hours.

Chart reference: AUS69 – Plans of Ashburton and Onslow
Location: 21° 38.766'S, 115° 7.860'E

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

  • Start date: 23/07/2021.
  • End date: 15/10/2021.
  • Issued: 12/07/2021
  • Amended: 28/07/2021
  • Number: 2021-90

 

  Warning: Victoria Platform navigation lights unlit - Barrow Island

The suspended unmanned Victoria Platform has had a power outage and the permanent navigation lights are unlit. A temporary navigation light has been fitted flashing Mu (U) Y 15s 

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution.

  • Location: 20 44.3706'S 115 34.3031'E
  • Chart reference: AUS 65 - Approaches To Barrow Island
  • Issued: 19/04/2021
  • Updated: 23/04/2021

  Advice: Installation of Directional Wave Buoy, Offshore Onslow Vicinity

Mariners are advised that one (1) Directional Wave Rider buoy (DWR) has been deployed in the offshore Onslow vicinity in early March 2021 at the following location:

  • 21° 25.06300’S, 114° 53.31000’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: 30 June 2022
  • Location: 21° 25.06300’S, 114° 53.31000’E
  • Chart Reference: Aus 743 – Australia – North West Coast – Western Australia – Barrow Island to Onslow

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: 30/06/2022
  • Issued: 15/03/2021.
  • Number: 2021 - 36

  Advice: Installation of Directional Wave Buoy, Offshore Northern Montebello Islands vicinity

Mariners are advised that one (1) Directional Wave Rider buoy (DWR) has been deployed in the offshore Montebello Islands vicinity in early March 2021 at the following location:

  • 20° 23.98254’S, 115° 27.81498’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: 30 June 2022
  • Location: 20° 23.98254’S, 115° 27.81498’E
  • Chart Reference: Aus 742 – Australia – North West Coast – Western Australia – Rosemary Island to Barrow Island

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: 30/06/2022
  • Issued: 15/03/2021.
  • Number: 2021 - 37

  Advice: Directional wave rider - offshore Dampier vicinity

Mariners are advised that one (1) Directional Wave Rider buoy (DWR) will be deployed in the offshore Dampier vicinity around 23 November 2020 at the following location:

  • 20° 28.723'S, 116° 31.020'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: 31 December 2021
  • Location: 20° 28.723'S, 116° 31.020'E
  • Chart Reference: AUS Chart 57 – Dampier Archipelago

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 area and keep well clear of the above DWR at all times. 

  • Start date: 23/11/2020
  • End date: 31/12/2021
  • Issued: 26/11/2020
  • Number: 2020-105

  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 69.

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 5.40 m
  • Swing basin 5.40 m
  • OMSB land backed berth 7.10 m
  • LCT berth an approach 2.40 m

South of the OMSB development precinct Beadon Creek channel depths remain unchanged with a declared depth of 1.60 m.

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.
  • Amended: 06/11/2020
  • 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: 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: 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 1 December 2021.

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: 01/12/2021.
  • 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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